Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Director of Character Education

Steve Johnson

sjohnson@scu.edu
408-554-6802

Steve Johnson is the Director of Character Education at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Johnson developed the Character-Based Literacy Curriculum, now in use in the court-community schools of many California counties and hundreds of regular and alternative classrooms throughout the United States. Johnson trains teachers, counselors, and administrators in the curriculum, which integrates ethics into the language arts curriculum.


Johnson is also the director of alternative and correctional education for the SCU School of Education and Counseling Psychology, where he teaches special education.

Johnson frequently gives presentations for parents on "Raising an Ethical Child" and for educators on Character-Based Literacy. A former teacher and principal, Johnson received his bachelor's degree from U.C.-Berkeley and his master's in special education from Santa Clara University. He studied theology at the University of Dayton and began his doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky.