Character Initiatives

North Central College is committed to inspiring well equipped, principled, responsible leaders. That’s why we partnered with the Kern Family Foundation, who provided a 4.5-year, $3.2 million grant—the College’s largest private grant ever—to launch character initiatives designed to have a lasting impact. 

Through this process, North Central College will be a place where educators, aspiring leaders, administrators, and community members develop social, emotional, and ethical competencies to influence transformation in themselves and others.

Take a look at this brief slideshow from the recent Character Initiatives Gathering. 


*Master of Education Program

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program was designed to prepare innovative, impactful leaders for PK-12 schools while meeting Illinois principal endorsement requirements. Thanks to the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation, this program also benefits from targeted scholarships, extended internship opportunities, and enhanced curriculum that prepares aspiring leaders to foster a school culture that enriches social and emotional skills.

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Character Education Certificate

The Character Education Certificate provides professional development for teachers, specialists, administrators, undergraduate education majors, and other community stakeholders to foster thriving communities of character in their areas of influence.

Check back for details on a new Character Education microcredential in 2023. 

Character Education Certificate

The Character Education Certificate, offered at a nominal fee, is ideal for administrative leaders, classroom teachers, educational specialists and school and district committees focused on school climate and culture. Upon completion of the 3 modules, licensed teachers will be eligible for 45 professional development hours. The Certificate is offered in an online, asynchronous format and includes interaction with an instructor or facilitator.  

"This module was atypical of other professional development I have experienced. Having Dr. Nagashima teach as well as interact with student-supplied comments was a breath of fresh air from the common professional development structure." 

Character Education Certificate participant. 


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