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School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Department of Education

Character Education Certificate

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Character Education Certificate

A new online professional development program, offered at a nominal fee, for certified educators. Designed to be responsive to trends in today's world, the Character Education Certificate will provide an additional credential that will give teachers and leaders a competitive edge in their career.  

  • Develop the character of self, staff, and students in your school environment
  • Infuse social-emotional character development into the culture of the school
  • Tackle equity through a commitment to the development of student and staff potential 

 

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Cohort 1 - FULL

Modules 1, 2, 3  May 30 - September 11 (no breaks)

Cohort 2 - STILL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
  • Module 1 May 30 - July 3
  • Module 2 September 5 - October 9
  • Module 3 October 17 - November 20

The Character Education Certificate will be delivered in an online format

  • The five session modules are intended to be taken in sequence and in a timely manner
  • Earn 15 continuing education hours per module
MODULE 1 MODULE 2 MODULE 3
Examining your Personal Character: Self as a Moral and Ethical Leader Fostering an Environment for Character Development: Character Education in the Classroom Creating School Cultures of Character: Character Education as a School Ethos
Introduction to character, starting from the self and the various ways our roles affect students' character development. Introduction to virtue framework, virtue language and literacy: Moral, Civic, Intellectual and Performance virtues. Introduction to effective practices for fostering a school culture of character.
Explore a virtue ethics approach to character development. Examine the role of moral exemplars and the ways morality permeates the classroom (caught). Examine character education from a whole school perspective.
Reflect on educational aims and beliefs that affect students' sense of agency, belongingness, and character development. Identify the intentional ways to embed character and virtue language in the classroom (taught). Conceptualize and develop a plan for cultivating an inclusive, caring and empowering school environment (sought).
Understand power dynamics and systemic challenges to students' character development. Explore the College's character/virtue framework. Develop an assessment plan to foster a culture of character in your school
Recognize the practice of dialogue to cultivate character. Operationalize and create your personal framework to implement in the classroom.
Julie Nagashima

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethical Leadership; Coordinator of Character Education Certificate Program
Leadership, Ethics & Values

Dr. Julie Nagashima graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a Ph.D. in Education. Her dissertation focused on relationships and its significance for fostering student agency. Dr. Nagashima began her educational career as an intern and program coordinator supporting programs including UNESCO associated schools project at University of Pittsburgh. Following her internship, she worked for a nonprofit organization as Educational Program Coordinator and developed mentoring programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the Pittsburgh area for six years. After graduating with her doctorate, Dr. Nagashima worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for two years where she supported the research and development of character initiatives at Arizona State University.

"I believe that leadership is relational and cultivated from our lived experiences. Our experiences and interaction with others nurture our ways of knowing and being in our social context. We develop wisdom to engage and to act with courage and compassion. This dynamic process is also part of our character development. When we feel a strong sense of belonging and community, we develop a natural willingness to contribute to our society. Thus, leadership to me is relational and fostered in a life-long process of navigating and developing our inner and moral self as we engage with others." 

Convenient Summer Start Options

COHORT 1 COHORT 2
MODULE 1 - SU21 MODULE 1 - SU21 to F21
Week 1 - May 30 - June 5 Week 1 - May 30 - June 5
Week 2 - June 6 - June 12 Week 2 - June 6 - June 12
Week 3 - June 13 - June 19 Week 3 - June 13 - June 19
Week 4 - June 20 - June 26 Week 4 - June 20 - June 26
Week 5 - June 27 - July 3 Week 5 - June 27 - July 3
NO BREAK BREAK UNTIL SEPTEMBER
MODULE 2 - SU21 MODULE 2 - SU21 to F21
Week 1 - July 4 - July 10 Week 1 - September 5 - September 11
Week 2 - July 11-- July 17 Week 2 - September 12 -September 18
Week 3 - July 18 - July 24 Week 3 - September 19 - September 25
Week 4 - July 25 - July 31 Week 4 - September 26 - October 2
Week 5 - August 1 - August 7 Week 5 - October 3 - October 9
NO BREAK BREAK
MODULE 3 - SU21 MODULE 3 - SU21 to F21
Week 1 - August 8- August 14 Week 1 - October 17 - October 23
Week 2 - August 15- August 21 Week 2 - October 24 - October 30
Week 3 - August 22 - August 28 Week 3 - October 31- November 6
Week 4 - August 29- September 4 Week 4 - November 7 - November 13
Week 5 - September 5 - September 11 Week 5 - November 14 - November 20

Upon successful completion of all 3 modules, educators receive: 

  • 45 professional development units for license renewal
  • A portfolio of resources
  • A supportive network of colleagues with which to connect 

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