Character Development Center

The mission of the Character Development Center is to serve teacher educators, students in teacher education programs, K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, parents and caregivers who desire to participate in the character development of children and youth, and to promote among the young and those who work with them the development of life skills necessary for a productive personal and social life.

Spring 2014 Character Matters Essay Contest

The Character Matters Essay Contest provides a platform for insightful classroom discussion and students’ personal reflections on their experiences. This contest offers students an opportunity for conscious reflection and to engage in the Common Core State Writing Standards for  Literacy in History/Social Studies, Sciences, and Technical Subjects.  Learn More!

Specialist Certificate in Character Development 

The Center offers an online certificate program for educators who want to become certified character educators. Read more.

Consultant services 
The Center staff has contacts with many local and national character educators, teachers and administrators with exemplary character education programs, who can help schools and school districts implement, maintain and evaluate character education efforts.