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Social emotional learning (SEL) helps students to better understand and control their emotions, allowing them to build better relationships and interpersonal skills that will serve them throughout their school years and beyond. You’ll study the five core SEL competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), including self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. You’ll then explore these competencies across a range of classroom and community contexts, including instruction, discipline, diversity, and caregiving.

Admission Requirements 

A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.


For the Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Social and Emotional Learning, you must complete four courses and 12 credit hours. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 9 months.

Course Details

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You’ll explore the concepts and benefits of social emotional learning (SEL), particularly around their relevance to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Throughout this exploration, you will examine established competencies and models for SEL and compare those with standards in your area. You’ll also consider broadly what data you might need to support SEL program implementation and subsequent assessment of individual students and the program as a whole.

In this course, you’ll examine instructional strategies across different curricula and models for social emotional learning (SEL). Part of this examination will include consideration for the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as curricular adaptation and student accommodation. You’ll also identify data to support SEL implementation and SEL-related competency assessment at the student and classroom levels.

This course begins with a review of emotional intelligence and its role in social emotional learning (SEL). You’ll then investigate how you can apply SEL competencies to the organization, management, and discipline of the classroom. Finally, you’ll examine how to collect and use data that may reflect how SEL implementation supports equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom.

What happens in the classroom influences and is influenced by experiences outside the classroom. In this course, you’ll explore the relationships between the classroom, the caregivers of students, and the communities where they reside. These caregivers and communities include intermediary spaces, such as extracurricular and co-curricular activities and after-school programs. You’ll examine strategies for involving caregivers and the broader community in social emotional learning (SEL) initiatives, including how existing models and curricula address SEL outside the classroom. As part of your examination, you’ll consider sensitivities related to data collection and distribution to diverse audiences.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Social Emotional Learning will learn to:

  • Apply the concepts and practices of early childhood education
  • Effectively communicate and conduct sound, open-minded research
  • Address educational issues critically and reflectively
  • Create solutions to problems based on knowledge, research, critical thinking skills, and collaboration
  • Respect diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards through accreditation
  • Foster effective discussion of theoretical problems within the educational profession
  • Nurture a commitment to life-long learning

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