Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning
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If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of social and emotional learning to empower educational communities, the Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the program for you. The MA in SEL is designed to help you make transformational change in your school community as you promote the intersectionality of SEL both in and outside of the classroom.
National University’s MA in SEL is the only dedicated SEL master’s program in the country — giving you an edge in the job market. The intensive coursework in this program immerses you in every aspect of SEL, enabling you to become an expert in the field. The fast-paced program is designed for highly motivated students and can be completed in as few as 10 months.
This program will equip you with research-based knowledge and skills in self-care, cognition, trauma, and the ability to create healthy environments and relationships that are culturally responsive, equitable, and supportive for the whole child. This deep dive into personal identity, culture, leadership, community, and programs provides an SEL foundation where positive school climates thrive.
The program is focused on your success, on bringing transformative, highly personal, individualized attention from instructors in small classes. Faculty in the MA in SEL program are among leaders in the industry, offering valuable expertise in the processes and principles associated with SEL. The four-week class schedules are designed to allow you to start sooner, finish faster, and focus on one class at a time, one month at a time. To receive a Master of Social Emotional Learning, students must complete 45 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree, and provided the coursework was completed within the past seven years.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Conduct and complete an action research project based on SEL research, theory, and practice that will create inclusive environments for the whole child
- Evaluate the impact of SEL competencies on student success metrics at the various developmental levels
- Distinguish the intersectionality between SEL, equity, cognition, and cultural responsiveness in educational communities
- Examine SEL communities, frameworks, programs and policies
- Develop SEL leadership skills to support teachers, administrators, and families in transforming school culture and climate
Hear From Our Faculty
Watch this video to hear Dr. Lori Piowlski from the Sanford College of Education discuss the MA in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program and what to expect.
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“As a student in this program, I feel like I’ve gained some really solid footing in certain areas like assessments, frameworks, leadership skills, and understanding the ‘why’ behind things. Having this master’s will give me the expertise to make my decisions even more powerful.”
-Sarah Wood, MA in SEL Student
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