Creating a Culture of Character and Peace in Your Classroom

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Create Harmony and Balance in the Classroom

This course introduces students to character and peace education using an experiential and reflective approach to creating a culture of character and peace in the classroom. Students will apply lessons from the book, Lessons for Creating a Culture of Character and Peace in Your Classroom: A Playbook for Teachers, to their own classroom and reflect on the experience by choosing to write essays or create videos to demonstrate their learning process.

Course Details

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

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grades K-12)--veteran and beginning, and counselors and administrators that want to promote character and peace within their schools.

Course Materials: Text, Lessons for Creating a Culture of Character and Peace in Your Classroom, by Edward F. DeRoche, CJ Moloney, and Patricia J. McGinty, available at or your local bookstore.

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X763P – 003 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Creating a Culture of Character and Peace in Your Classroom

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled

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Online Self-Paced
Patricia McGinty

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What You Will Learn

  • Define character and peace education and describe how those concepts apply in your educational environment
  • Explain your personal philosophy of educating for character and peace
  • Provide examples of specific ways that you currently create a culture of character and peace in an educational environment
  • Describe new strategies you can use to establish a culture of character and peace in the classroom
  • Reflect upon your experience teaching a peace and character lesson
  • Describe how to adapt lessons for future use


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Online Self-Paced

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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