What is the role of educators in developing moral and ethical behavior in students? This course will address this question by assisting teachers in defining and identifying character traits that are important in their school. Teachers 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 them when problems occur in the classroom. This course is intended to apply not just to school, but to life as well. Therefore, this course also involves 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 Culturize by Jimmy Casas. ISBN 978-1946444462.
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.
Session/Module 1: Setting the Stage - The Case for Character Education
Session/Module 2: Encouraging Moral Reflection
Session/Module 3: Creating a Moral Community in the Classroom
Session/Module 4: The Teacher's Role in Nurturing Character
Session/Module 5: Cultivating Character thru Curriculum
Session/Module 6: Teaching Controversial Issues
Session/Module 7: A Morally Disciplined Classroom
Session/Module 8: Developing Character thru Conflict
Session/Module 9: Creating a Community of Virtue School-Wide
Session/Module 10: Engaging Parents and the Community in Character Education
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.