Anderson University Launches Character Development Education Program

Anderson University launched the nation’s first undergraduate teacher education program for character development.

Anderson University, a four year Christian liberal arts school located in Indiana, announced the new program to being in the Spring of 2006. AU’s School of Education, the Center for Character Development at AU, and The Josephson Institute of Ethics are working together to sponsor the new program.

“We, at the Center for Character Development and the School of Education, are excited about the possibilities that this unique and special partnership will afford our future leaders,” said the Center for Character Development Director, Don Peslis.

Under the new program, students will be able to pursue a BA in Education with a specialization in Character Education.

“This program will be the most comprehensive character-development initiative for teacher preparation in the nation,” said the School of Education Dean, Dr. Diana Ross.

“Teachers graduating from the AU School of Education will leave with all the training necessary to implement a character-based classroom.”

Vice-president for Academic Affairs and Dean, Dr. Carl Caldwell, praised the new program.

“Through it we are preparing Anderson University students to serve an ever-changing society that recognizes the place of the public school in character education,” said Caldwell.

The program will equip students with the tools to promote character development education in the schools and in the community. The curriculum will be based upon the national CHARACTER COUNTS! framework, a character education tool sponsored by The Josephson institute of Ethics.

“Character education has long been the foundation of public education,” said the founder and president of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, Michael Josephson.

“This partnership with the School of Education at Anderson University positions CHARACTER COUNTS! exactly where it is most needed – preparing our future character educators.”