NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Developing Character Through Positive Teen Habits

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sandra Opheim

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $320

Course Description:

This course is designed for teachers of intermediate grade levels into high school.  The required text for this course is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.  Course participants will gain knowledge of core habits that teens can use to become successful in school life and beyond.  The participants will be asked to write lesson plans to reinforce the topics in various chapters, review on-line articles on organizational and self improvement topics, write a personal mission statement, and write classroom goals.  Other topics to be covered include organizational skills, goal setting, good listening skills, cooperation, evaluating habits, generosity, and optimism. All of the topics presented will assist teachers in raising student achievement, an indirect result of good organizations skills in students.

Goals & Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the teacher will be able to:

  1. Design lesson plans that teach students to become proactive in successful life skills.
  2. Identify good habits for students to possess.
  3. Guide all students to be proactive and see the social benefits.
  4. Identify the academic benefits of good organizational skills in students.
  5. Assist students in developing a personal mission statement.


Covey, Sean.  (1998).  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.  New York:  Simon & Schuster.

Rebecca Skinner and Chris Chapman.  (2006).  “Service-Learning and Community Service in K-12 Public Schools.”  Education Statistic Quarterly, Vol. 1, Issue 4.  

About The Instructor

Sandra Opheim
Sandra Opheim earned an M.S. in Elementary Education from St. Mary's University. Her B.S. in Elementary Education is from the University of Minnesota. Sandra also has her Middle School Licensure in English from Bemidji State University. Sandra has over 18 years of experience teaching elementary education. She is the author of "Whose Hat is That?" published in 2004 and has also published articles in the Lake Country Journal Magazine and Her Voice Magazine.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbook is not included.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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