Character and values are vital for child development; they teach students what it means to be a good citizen at school, at home, and in their communities. Character-related education can encourage children to embrace widely agreed-upon ethical and civic virtues such as honesty, loyalty, respect for others, and social awareness. In return, creating a generation of children with strong values can help society as a whole become a more peaceful and civilized place. Having to implement new standards and curricular requirements can make teachers hesitant to add a “nonacademic” subject to their curriculum. However, teaching character and values is not about adding these subjects but about integrating them effectively into existing classroom practices and curricula.

This course imparts the importance of teaching character and values, the ramifications of what can happen if teachers do not teach these principles, and how they can teach values without involving religion, politics, or other personal stances. In this course, you’ll study various universal values in depth, understanding how they enrich students’ lives, and learn concrete strategies for how to implement values-related education in the classroom.

After finishing the course, you’ll be equipped with comprehensive strategies for integrating character- and values-related education in the classroom and for forging responsible 21st century citizens.