Character Education

Enrollment Message:

Students require access to YouTube.

This course teaches students practical skills for understanding and managing their emotions, setting goals and getting organized, understanding and getting along with others in our diverse world, and making good decisions. Research shows that people who practice these skills have greater academic achievement as students and experience more success and satisfaction as adults. Prerequisites:None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Self-awareness helps individuals identify what they are feeling and what messages they are telling themselves.
  • Understanding oneself helps a person manage emotional reactions and stress more effectively.
  • Setting goals and organizing one’s time and environment allow a person to focus on the things that are most important to them.
  • Understanding oneself provides a basis for understanding other people.
  • Our world is diverse, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide variety of people has never been more important.
  • Personal and professional relationships take work
  • Effectively communicating with individuals and groups is essential in school and in life.
  • To make good decisions, individuals should follow a rational decision-making process and their own ethical or moral code.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Understanding Yourself

Module 2: Managing Your Emotions

Module 3: Managing Your Time

Module 4: Understanding Others

Module 5: Getting Along with Others

Module 6: Making Good Decisions

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube. Audacity or similar recording software

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: None


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Social and Emotional Learning Competencies and Indicators (CASEL)
NCAA Approved: N/A - Non-Core
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Brightspace LS
NCES Code: 72207
MDE Endorsement Code: CM - Behavioral Studies
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: (20-21) Fall - 20 Week - Flex

Content Provider: Accelerate Education
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus