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Reaching Students Through Character Education (K-12)/Flex Course


Do you have students who just won't behave? Do you notice a lack of manners and respect? In this online course, teachers learn the six building blocks of character and how to explore them with students through discussions, activities, and projects. You will learn how to teach students to make the right choices in problem situations and help build their awareness of accountability for their actions. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content was extremely valuable and informative. It has very practical application in my class. The format was easy to read and understand." - Grace Crowley


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $129 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $336


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 50T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41469

Unit One

  • Why character education?
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Caring
  • Citizenship
  • Using the Internet
  • Character Education in the Green Classroom
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Character Education Through Sports
  • Parent and Community Outreach
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Modeling the Six Pillars of Character Education
  • The Effect of Character Education on Classroom Management
  • Character Education in Content Areas
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • How Good Character Leads to Good Grades
  • Resources for Character Development
  • Discussion Scenarios
  • Assignment #4: Develop scenarios for the building blocks
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)