Ethics Teachers’ Training Course (ETTC)

The Ethics Teachers’ Training Course (ETTC) project is one of the main components of UNESCO’s bioethics capacity-building programme, targeting ethics educators who have recently begun teaching, or will soon commence their teaching carreers at various institutions of higher education.

Ethics Teachers' Training Courses are designed to:

  • Introduce students to the means and resources for teaching ethics;
  • Teach students methodologies and methods for teaching ethics;
  • Assess and provide feedback on students’ demonstrations of teaching skills under the guidance of experienced teachers.

Ethics Teacher Training Courses are conducted by a team composed of international and local experts with extensive experience in ethics education.

More information can also be found in the ETTC Brochure [PDF].


The Course is based on a five-day training session developed by UNESCO in collaboration with the global experts in ethics education.

Modules include the following key components:

  • Global Perspectives on Ethics Teaching: trends, challenges and opportunities
  • The UNESCO Core Curriculum as a tool for promoting quality ethics education
  • Ethics Teaching in Action: what and how to teach (a model lesson)
  • Workshop: Sharing experiences in ethics teaching from local perspectives
  • Classroom communication: pedagogy and psychology of ethics teaching
  • Simulated teaching presentations by participants followed by feedback from the Course instructors

Within this framework, the Course can be modified to accommodate specific needs and expectations of the country and the region hosting the training.


The venues for ETTC events are selected based on the expressed regional capacity-building need for bioethics education, and an agreement made with the hosting institution. Often, the ETTC is offered in conjunction with the introduction of Bioethics Core Curriculum in the participating universities, with a view to training the instructors working with the curriculum.


Mr Germán Solinís
Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology Section
Sector for Social and Human Sciences
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 45 68 38 37
E-mail: g.solinis(at)

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