Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning
Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning
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.
Our admissions team reviews applications year-round.
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.
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.
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
Reach out today to speak to an admissions counselor directly or download the Course Catalog for additional course requirements and elective options.
- 10 courses; 45 quarter units
|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|
MA in SEL Student
“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.”
Why Choose National University?
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