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Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning

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Lead Transformational Change in Your School Community

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.

Focused on your success, the program is transformative, bringing 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.

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10 Months to Your Master’s in SEL

The MA in SEL can be completed in as few as 10 months (10 classes).

Premier SEL Master’s Program

NU offers the only dedicated SEL master’s program in the country.

$30 Million in Scholarships

Explore National University’s scholarship opportunities — eligibility requirements apply.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s MA in Social Emotional Learning program, students will be able to:

  • 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

Take the first step in leading transformational change in your school community by starting your application online today.

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While the field of SEL is new, there is a growing job market across industries and a wide breadth of career outcomes, especially in the education sector.

NU’s SEL graduate students range from traditional educators looking to strengthen their educational experience to professionals looking to switch careers. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds: teachers, school counselors, school leaders, daycare owners, criminal justice professionals, and military members.

SEL is traditionally associated with K-12 education. However, many different organizations are looking to incorporate SEL roles into their workforces, so you have flexibility to go beyond a traditional educator role if you choose. These are some of the industries that are rapidly expanding with a need for SEL:

  • Health care
  • Early childhood education
  • Higher education
  • Business administration
  • Human resources

Learn more about the benefits of SEL or about becoming a social emotional learning specialist.

To receive a Master of Arts in 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.

Reach out today to speak to an admissions counselor directly or download the Course Catalog for additional course requirements and elective options.

Requirements for the Major

  • 10 courses; 45 quarter units
Course Description Prerequisite
SEL 600 SEL Education Communities N/A
SEL 605 Identity and Culture SEL 600
SEL 610 Cognition and Emotion SEL 605
SEL 615 SEL Action Research Metdods SEL 610
SEL 620 SEL Frameworks SEL 615
SEL 625 Trauma in Education SEL 620
SEL 630 SEL Strategies SEL 625
SEL 635 Leadership and SEL in Context SEL 630
SEL 640 SEL and Assessment SEL 635
SEL 680 SEL Capstone SEL 600, SEL 605, SEL 610, SEL 615, SEL 620, SEL 625, SEL 630, SEL 635, & SEL 640

Dr. Lori Piowlski

“If you are committed to and believe that social and emotional learning provides an environment for safe and positive learning, and enhances students’ ability to succeed in schools, careers, and life, then this program is for you.”

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Take the first step by starting your application online today. To speak to an enrollment advisor about this program, please email admissions@nu.edu.

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Why Choose National University?

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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