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Character Education in the Classroom

What is the role of educators in developing moral and ethical behavior in students? This class will address this by assisting teachers in defining and identifying character traits that would be important in their school. Educators will explore theories, identify skills that can be integrated into the classroom, create lesson plans, and analyze and critique these lessons to see the value of promoting character development in students. Another aspect of this course is the concept that the teacher can be an effective model for their students. Teachers will identify their own personal character strengths and explore how these strengths work to aid the teacher when problems occur in the classroom. This class is intended to apply not just to school but to life as well and will therefore also involve exploring avenues to involve the entire school, parents, and the community.

Carlow University ED 618 • Madonna University EDU 5960.18 • Notre Dame College ED 616 D • The College of Saint Rose EDC 689

The required text for this course is Educating for Character by Thomas Lickona.

978-0-553-37052-2


Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.

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Course Schedule

  • 9/11/18 - 12/11/18
  • 1/8/19 - 4/9/19
  • 3/12/19 - 6/11/19
  • 5/14/19 - 8/14/19
  • 7/9/19 - 10/8/19
  • 9/10/19 - 12/10/19
  • 11/12/19 - 2.11.20

Course Schedule

Dobbs Ferry

  • 8/2-4 and 16-18
  • Instructor: Ingrid Melhus

 

Session/Module 1: Setting the Stage - The Case for Character Education

Contents:

  • Defining character
  • Identifying the components of character
  • Exploring the importance of character education
  • Examining the school's involvement in character education

Session/Module 2: Encouraging Moral Reflection

Contents:

  • Identifying historical perspectives on education
  • Exploring Lawrence Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
  • Gaining understanding of the need for moral development
  • Identifying skills that can be integrated into the classroom

Session/Module 3: Creating a Moral Community in the Classroom

Contents:

  • Examining the teacher's role in the classroom environment
  • Helping students connect with each other
  • Discovering ways to help students care for each other
  • Improving the quality of group interaction

Session/Module 4: The Teacher's Role in Nurturing Character

Contents:

  • Examining the six E's of character training
  • Exploring the virtues that promote commitment
  • Understanding how to respond when kids don't know the answer

Session/Module 5: Cultivating Character thru Curriculum

Contents:

  • Examining the curriculum - What is most worth knowing?
  • Identifying where character education fits
  • Developing lessons that teach moral literacy

Session/Module 6: Teaching Controversial Issues

Contents:

  • Structuring moral discussions
  • Exploring whether teachers should express their own views
  • Establishing guidelines for studying controversial issues

Session/Module 7: A Morally Disciplined Classroom

Contents:

  • Understanding the role of the teacher as the moral authority in the classroom
  • Setting up classroom rules
  • Dealing with the consequences of broken rules

Session/Module 8: Developing Character thru Conflict

Contents:

  • Understanding self-control in a morally disciplined classroom
  • Recognizing the role of perceptions in evaluating values
  • Assessing discipline, control and problem solving

Session/Module 9: Creating a Community of Virtue School-Wide

Contents:

  • Assessing a schools character education program
  • Identifying key elements for effective programs
  • Examining the mission statement
  • Creating a positive moral culture in the school

Session/Module 10: Engaging Parents and the Community in Character Education

Contents:

  • Exploring changes that have affected the home-school partnership
  • Promoting moral conversations between parents and children
  • Encouraging parents in leadership roles
  • Identifying means of soliciting community involvement
Objectives
  • Create a definition of character
  • Appraise factors that influence character
  • Explain how character education has changed in schools
  • Evaluate current school policies about character education
  • Examine the teacher's role in the classroom environment
  • Develop plans to help students connect with each other
  • Discover strategies to help students care for each other
  • Assess methods to improve the quality of group interaction
  • Analyze six E's of character training
  • Explore virtues that promote commitment
  • Create methods for responding when kids don't know the answer
  • Compare methods for integrating character education into the curriculum
  • Develop lessons that teach moral literacy
  • Implement a moral discussion in the classroom
  • Examine whether teachers should express their own views
  • Establish guidelines for studying controversial issues
  • Assess the role of the teacher as the moral authority in the classroom
  • Discuss creating classroom rules
  • Evaluate methods for dealing with consequences of broken rules
  • Describe self-control in a morally disciplined classroom
  • Evaluate the role of perceptions in evaluating values
  • Assess discipline, control and problem solving
  • Assess a school's character education program
  • Identify key elements for effective programs
  • Examine the mission statement
  • Compare and contrast methods to create a positive moral culture in the school
  • Discuss changes that have affected the home-school partnership
  • Promote moral conversations between parents and children
  • Identify ways to encourage parents in leadership roles
  • Identify means of soliciting community involvement
Partner Universities

Our Partners are well-established regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities, recognized for academic excellence and their commitment to teachers.

Important Information

Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.

On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.  

Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner. 

Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI. 

Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information. 

Student Academic Integrity
Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.