Be a Changemaker in Your Students' Lives: Make Social and Emotional Learning a Part of Your Classroom - A Fully Online Program

Boy in class who's teacher has completed the Character Education Development Certificate

Take an individual course or work toward earning a certificate with multiple courses!

Enhance your professional development skills in the field of character education/development and earn a Character Education Development Certificate. The Division of Professional and Continuing Education has collaborated with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences - Character Education Resource Center to offer you professional training in character behaviors and relationships. You will learn to apply best practices to plan, deliver and assess character education.

Who Should Attend

K-12 teachers and administrators interested in learning how to plan and implement character development education in the classroom, school or district.

Schedule & Fees

Course # Courses (8 units) Duration SP SU FA Fee
EDU-X731A Instructional Strategies in Character Education (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $400
EDU-X722J Character Education: Curriculum & Programs (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $400
EDU-X723J Character-based Classroom Management: Strategies & Practices (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $400
EDU-X726L Social-Emotional Learning and Teaching: Home, School, Work (2 units) 7 weeks OFD OFD OFD $400
  One Time Certificate Fee         $45
  Total Certificate Cost (4 courses)         $1,645
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced  *Schedule and fees subject to change


Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Character Education Development. The certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 4 core courses, EDU-X731A, EDU-X722J, EDU-X723J and EDU-X726L (8 units)

Enroll in individual courses of your choice or start the certificate program with any course in any semester to earn graduate level extension credits. Each course is seven weeks long and typically offered each semester, Fall, Spring and Summer.

  • Help students develop good character habits and good citizenship
  • Enhance instructional strategies for teaching character
  • Strengthen student social and emotional skills and behaviors
  • Plan, organize, implement and evaluate character education initiatives, curricula offerings, and intervention programs in districts, schools, sports and community intervention programs
  • Become a local character development resource for your school and district
  • Build a character-based discipline plan and use effective classroom management techniques
  • Explore new and specialized topics in the field of Character Education
“I can't say enough good things about the opportunities for character education offered by USD. For me, personally, they have changed my approach to teaching and reinvigorated me for a long lasting career in education.” -- Bill S., Director of High School Placement, Teacher
"Taking this course has been an amazing journey.  It is my third course in the certificate. I have gained so much knowledge, insight and motivation to pursue my goals in character education . . . This course provided me with the academic opportunities and the personal foundation necessary to grow and develop my skills."
"I would describe this course as a pathway to leadership. Using the knowledge I have gained has given me the confidence, desire and the ability to lead where I had not led before. I want to lead educational reform in my community.  I can be a leader to teachers so that they can provide an outstanding character education to their students. I believe these students will experience authentic learning so that they can become active members in the community."

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