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K-12 Professionals

Character Education, Part 1: Community and Cultural Change

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites, {Presenter: Clifton Taulbert}

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $145

Partner Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Cultural changes in the family structure, the shifting role of parents, and the glorification of violence, drugs, and gang activity in popular culture have all contributed to changes in the behavior dynamics that impact students, schools, classrooms, and teachers. Negative social behaviors in classrooms and schools affect students’ ability to learn. To help educators create a positive moral community, this course introduces historical and modern concepts of character and considers how to foreground those concepts for students’ learning sake. Participants will study how to identify character issues in their own classrooms and how to mobilize resources from parents and community members.  Integrating character education into the core curriculum through problem-solving and conflict-resolution activities will help educators focus on the notion of character with their students as they improve relationships in their communities within and beyond the school.


1. Knowledge –at the end of this course, participants will understand
a. The effects of an unstable home and learning environment on character,
b. The need for character development programs in schools,
c. The teacher’s roll in the process of fostering student character, and
d. The need to engage parents and community in the character development of children.

2. Skills –after this course, participants will be able to apply
a. Strategies to develop and implement classroom activities that promote character development,
b. Strategies to analyze and critique classroom curriculum to incorporate character development,
c. Strategies to develop a plan for morally disciplining students, and
d. Strategies to develop character through conflict and problem solving.

3. Dispositions – participants will appreciate out of this
a. The role and influence of teachers on character,
b. The avenues to create a moral community in the classroom,
c. The impact of increased parental involvement, and
d. The “affective” dimension and its impact on learning.


• Transcripts, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations

**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi.  NOTE:  Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

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