Center for Character & Social Responsibility

The Center for Character and Social Responsibility (CCSR) was founded by Dr. Kevin Ryan in 1989 as the first ethics center in the country to focus on the education of teachers. Built on the belief that character education is an essential and inescapable mission of schools, the CCSR has enabled thousands of educators from rural, urban, and suburban communities to help students develop excellence of mind and character. Believing, too, that a reservoir of moral wisdom exists in great literature, works of art, history, mathematics, and science, the CCSR helps teachers mine curricula for lessons that will inspire students to want to internalize virtues such as integrity, responsibility, courage, compassion, and self-discipline.

An internationally recognized research institute, the CCSR has consulted with school leaders and educators from numerous countries, including Canada, Brazil, Australia, Ireland, Japan, and the Philippines, and has served as advisor and professional development provider to school communities and several state departments of education in the United States. For more information, visit our website at, call 617-353-3262, or e-mail us at

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.