Character Education Resources

The following is a curated list of resources on character education as it relates to social and emotional learning and associated areas. This list was developed with input from several experts in the field of character education.

Articles and Book Chapters

Althof, W., & Berkowitz, M. W. (2006). Moral education and character education: Their relationship and roles in citizenship education. Journal of moral education, 35(4), 495-518.
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Berkowitz, M. W. (2012). Moral and character education. In K. R. Harris, S. Graham, T. Urdan, J. M. Royer, & M. Zeidner (Eds.), APA Educational Psychology Handbook, vol. 2., Individual differences and cultural and contextual factors (pp. 247-264). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Chapter available for purchase
Berkowitz, M. W., Bier, M. C., & McCauley, B. (2017). Toward a science of character education: Frameworks for identifying and implementing effective practices. Journal of Character Education, 13, 33-51.
Article available for purchase
Damon, W., & Colby, A. (2015). Toward a moral psychology in full. In W. Damon & A. Colby (authors), The power of ideals: The real story of moral choice (pp. 55-91). New York, NY: Oxford.
Chapter available for purchase.
Wangaard, D., Elias, M. J., & Fink, K. (2014). Educating the head, heart, and hand for the 21st century. SEEN: Southeast Education Network, 16 (2), 16-19.
Chapter available for purchase.


Beland, K. (Ed.). (2008). 11 principles of character education sourcebook. Washington, DC: Character Education Partnership.
Book available for purchase.
Berkowitz, M. (2012). You can’t teach through a rat. Center for Character and Citizenship: University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Book available for purchase.
Lickona, T. (2004). Character matters: How to help our children develop good judgment, integrity, and other essential virtues. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Book available for purchase.
Nucci, L., Narvaez, D., & Krettenauer. T. (Eds.) (2014). Handbook of moral and character education. London, UK: Routledge.
Book available for purchase.
Urban, H. (2008). Lessons from the classroom: 20 things good teachers do. Redwood City CA: Great Lessons Press.
Book available for purchase.


Elias, M. J., and Berkowitz, M. W. (2016). Schools of social-emotional competence and character: Actions for school leaders, teachers, and school support professionals. Naples, FL: National Professional Resources.
Guide available for purchase.


Berlinsky, J. (2014). Social emotional learning, character education, trauma-informed work & identity development. SEL Tech Consulting.
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The Character Exchange.
View the website.