Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning

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Teacher reading to children in library


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4 Week Classes
The Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning program includes four-week classes.
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Program Overview


If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of social emotional learning to empower educational communities, then 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. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create 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 social and emotional leadership skills to support teachers, administrators, and families in transforming school culture.

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Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 180,000 alumni worldwide.

#1 Choice for CA Teachers

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Accredited by NCATE

Sanford College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

20+ Locations

Attend class and learn onsite at one of over 20 locations in California.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

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