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Post-Master’s Certificate
in Leadership in Social
Emotional Learning

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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. This post-master’s certificate targets mid-career or advanced classroom teachers, school counselors or psychologists, and school/district administrators who desire a more intensive examination of the five core competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. Your coursework will explore planning and implementing SEL initiatives within a variety of educational contexts and interests, including classrooms, school culture, caregivers, communities, policy, and planning.

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Admission Requirements 

A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.


For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Leadership focused on Social Emotional Learning, you must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours). The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 13 months.

Course Details

Course Listings

Your examination of the fundamentals of social emotional learning (SEL) will begin with theoretical support for the foundational concepts and how existing models and curricula reflect those theories, including the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. You’ll also explore essential questions around the relevance of SEL to all stages of human growth and development, and the role of SEL within or external to core curriculum.

This course examines what social emotional learning (SEL) looks like in the modern classroom. You’ll look at ways to collaborate within professional learning communities around specific models, curricula, discipline, classroom management, and technology that support SEL in and out of the classroom. Throughout the course, you’ll consider the data needed for implementation and student assessment, and how that data can be collected, analyzed, and applied at multiple levels of aggregation.

Social emotional learning (SEL) is for everyone, and should be more than an isolated activity that happens in classrooms. A true SEL learning environment permeates the entire school, including its culture and climate, and reflects the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. In this course, you’ll explore the distinctions between culture and climate and the role SEL plays in each. You’ll also investigate your potential roles and the data you’ll need to integrate and assess SEL in school culture and climate.

In this course, you’ll examine strategies to integrate social emotional learning (SEL) in the processes of policy development and implementation. Such policies and processes can exist in multiple areas, including school, local education agency, or regional, state, and national levels. As you examine alignment with established models for SEL, you’ll also investigate how policy development and implementation can benefit from the application of data analyses and the inclusion of equity, diversity, and inclusion principles.

Opportunities for social emotional learning (SEL) exist throughout the human lifespan. While other courses have considered the roles of caregivers and communities, this one focuses on these roles and how SEL initiatives should reflect the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion across environments. You’ll examine models and strategies for extending SEL beyond the classroom, explore community benefits from SEL, and consider partnerships that could support SEL efforts. You’ll also investigate the types of data you would need to assess SEL initiatives beyond the classroom.

This course supports your efforts to propose or support social emotional learning (SEL) initiatives. You’ll synthesize your work in the previous courses in order to plan, implement, and assess social emotional learning at the school level or beyond. You’ll also develop comprehensive proposals and plans for implementing and assessing SEL initiatives based on needs analyses, organizational culture, and other relevant factors. By the conclusion of the course, you’ll be prepared to propose new SEL initiatives or revise and improve existing ones.

Learning Outcomes

If you’ve earned your Master of Education degree, then our post-master’s certificate may move you past the head of the class. NU’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Social Emotional Learning is designed to help you focus and develop your skill sets and knowledge in a particular area of education beyond the master’s level, without the need for a doctoral commitment or dissertation. You’ll not only enhance your understanding of major theories and practices in your specialty, but you’ll be challenged to think critically about the topics covered with the goal of applying what you learn to your professional objectives—all while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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