Creating a Culture of Character and Peace in Your Classrooms

2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Create Harmony and Balance in the Classroom

This course's goal is to prepare K-12 teacher candidates, experienced school teachers, counselors, and administrators with the knowledge and skills they will need to implement character and peace education programs in their classrooms and schools. Through analysis of research, case studies, videos, current events, and reflections students will be able to answer the questions: who, what, when, why, and how to create character and peace education content and principles in their schools and classrooms. Course objectives include those pertaining to current research and practices on character and peace education in elementary, middle, and high school schools. These practices are also found in the Teacher Performance Expectations [TPE’s] from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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 – 001 01 Jan 202331 Aug 2024 2 $307

Creating a Culture of Character and Peace in Your Classrooms

01 Jan 202331 Aug 2024
Online Self-Paced
CJ Moloney

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What You Will Learn

  • Comprehend the working definitions of character and peace education
  • Analyze the 4Ps - paths to character and peace awareness in an education environment
  • Apply and analyze lessons focused on resolving conflict peacefully:  in and out of the classroom
  • Synthesize how special talents and skills enhance self-discipline
  • evaluate ways that friendships and relationships build character and peace
  • Develop a sustainable unit with strategies/lessons for creating a culture of peace and character in the classroom


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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 three or seven 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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