Lindenwood University recognizes that area teachers are seeking an academic and hands-on exploration of the topic of character development of students. Lindenwood offers a unique Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Character Education. This program builds on the existing skills of practicing educators to assist them in integrating character education into their curriculum. Several major perspectives in the field of character education will be explored so teachers may find a match with their grade and subject areas and infuse character education into the teaching and management of the classroom.
Program emphasis is placed upon a practical approach to the study of character education and the completion of academic assignments that are tailored to the individual needs of the graduate student. Graduate students will complete 33 credit hours of graduate courses. Students may choose between a character education project and a character curriculum design course as the required culminating master’s assignment.
Note: *Character education students may replace EDU 52000 Curriculum Design with another graduate course since they are required to take EDU 58400 Character Education Curriculum Design in the core character education courses below; however, 33 credit hours are still needed.
Students must also complete nine hours of character education electives.
"Teaching and Leading as an Art and a Science"
The School of Education agrees that the general outcome of the teacher education program must be teaching professionals that believe and implement teaching as a blend of “Art” and “Science” as represented by the Beauty and Mechanism of the Spellmann Clock Tower… Teaching as an art because teaching is a craft that must be learned and applied in an authentic environment. Teaching as a science because it must be influenced by research and best practice for optimal student learning to be achieved.