Character-based Classroom Management: Strategies & Practices (prev #: EDU-523CL)

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Build Your Skills to Develop Students As Model Citizens

This course will enhance your knowledge and skills in managing all aspects of the modern day classroom. The course content will help you employ classroom management strategies that will contribute to students’ mastery of 21st Century skills. You will explore research and best practices in classroom management that have been proven to be effective in improving student achievement and social-emotional skills. Each module in this course will help you develop a range of management skills, including: room settings, the use of class meetings, effective planning and preparation, assessing what works and what doesn’t, empowering students in class affairs, and monitoring student behaviors.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to K-12 teachers and administrators interested in learning how to plan and implement character development education into the classroom, school and/or district. This program will provide everything you need to plan, deliver, and assess character education best practices for the learning environment.

Course Materials:  There are no book requirements for this course. All materials are embedded within the online course.

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EDU-X723J – 036 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Character-based Classroom Management: Strategies & Practices (prev #: EDU-523CL)

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Kristi Birrell

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What You Will Learn

  • Compare classroom management approaches and examine your classroom culture
  • Identify key drivers of student behavior and motivation
  • Reflect on classroom management practices and dispositions
  • Apply Character-based classroom management and discipline strategies in your classroom


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Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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I liked this course because the workload was manageable and the assignments relevant. I learned things that will help me in the classroom.