Leading the Way in Social Emotional Learning
National University’s Sanford College of Education is a leader in social emotional learning, making classrooms inclusive and productive with tools and materials for teachers to implement in grade levels Pre-K-12.
About Sanford College of Education
A leader in the field, National University prepares students for the challenges and joys that a career in education can bring. The Sanford College of Education is dedicated to scholarship, teamwork, active reflection, ethics, and exemplary standards.
SEL Professional Development Website for Pre-K-12 Teachers
The Sanford College of Education has developed an interactive, engaging, and innovative professional development website that houses digital playbooks and other resources focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for teachers. Each playbook features in-action scenarios, steps for classroom implementation of SEL, guided reflections, and a place to share ideas and best practices. The website informs educators about SEL, increases awareness of SEL practices, and becomes a primary resource for educators. The Sanford College of Education will host an annual recognition of teachers’ exemplary practices in SEL. Learn more at SELplaybook.org.
Degree Programs in Social Emotional Learning
Master of Education in Inspired Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Social Emotional Learning with Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Credential and Intern Option
Gain the knowledge and skills needed to make subject matter engaging and comprehensible for K-12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs. The Master of Education in Inspired Teaching and Learning with a Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential and Intern Option (CA) is designed for candidates who are dedicated to inspiring K-12 learners by emphasizing social-emotional thriving, meaningful academic achievement, and equitable and inclusive learning communities. The program and courses meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject teaching credential and meet requirements for a master’s degree. Candidates in this degree program are required to complete a three-course area of specialization in the English Language Learner Education. Click here to learn more.
Master of Arts in Education
Passionate educators looking for advancement in educational fields are encouraged to pursue a Master of Arts in Education from National University. With a two-course sequence that focuses on customized study, planning, and research, and eight courses from your desired area of study, you’ll expand your knowledge and professional opportunities. This degree has an area of emphasis in social emotional learning as well as these other areas advanced teaching practices, early childhood education, technology, higher education administration, special education, inspired teaching. Click here to learn more.
New Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning
If you are 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. The program will launch in September 2020. Click here to learn more.
SEL Pathway to a Master of Arts in Education
There are eight modules developed as a collaborative project between Inspire and the Teacher Education Department in Sanford College of Education. Through these modules, you will analyze the components of social emotional learning (SEL); compare theoretical orientations regarding the development of SEL in school-aged children; reflect on and evaluate your own level of social emotional functioning to improve your ability to provide comprehensive and effective services to students; and evaluate evidence base for social emotional learning interventions.
The modules are self-paced, asynchronous, and designed to fit with your schedule. This program is accessible entirely online with monthly enrollment opportunities. You do not need to be a graduate student of National University to participate. These graduate courses can be completed at no cost and transferred toward the completion of a Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Social Emotional Learning from National University. Click here to learn more.
The Harmony Scholar Program
The Harmony Scholar Program in Social Emotional Learning will reward outstanding National University students, who have demonstrated the potential for academic excellence, with a full-tuition scholarship to promote teacher leadership in social emotional learning in their future schools and districts. All Harmony Scholars are considered ambassadors for the Sanford College of Education and Harmony SEL.
There are multiple requirements for candidates applying for the Harmony Scholar Program. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. As part of the admission criteria to the Harmony Scholar Program, a credential packet must be completed and the CBEST must be passed. To maintain the scholarship, the CSET must be passed and scores submitted before the end of the course, ITL 608 Design and Process of Teaching.
Applicants will be recommended for the program by the Selection Committee and approved by Interim Dean of the Sanford College of Education Dr. Donna Elder. The scholarship only applies to courses in the Master of Education in Inspired Teaching and Learning with a Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in Social and Emotional Learning. The tuition award will be automatically applied toward tuition after the add/drop date of the term (ninth day). The award will be considered an educational resource when determining eligibility for federal student aid. If selected, FAFSA must be completed and on file with Student Finance for the scholarship to be awarded.