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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Social Emotional Learning

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Social Emotional Learning

Prepare to become a more effective educational leader with the 100% online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at National University. This NU certificate is ideal for teachers or leaders in the professional learning community.

The curriculum in NU’s online education certificate is aligned to the five core competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). You’ll explore the concepts and benefits of SEL, including its relevance to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, you’ll examine instructional strategies across different curricula and the role of emotional intelligence in SEL.

Prepare to Become an Effective Educational Leader 

NU’s online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education, Social Emotional Learning is a quick way to add to your education credentials. With this certificate, you’ll build on your existing knowledge while gaining a wealth of experience.

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Course Details

  • Credit Hours: 12
  • Courses: 4
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 6 months

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education, Social Emotional Learning can be completed in 12 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course.

This post-baccalaureate certificate leads the beginning- to mid-career classroom teacher or professional learning community (PLC) leader through an exploration 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. You will explore these competencies across classrooms, schools, homes, and communities.

You will 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 will 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 will examine instructional strategies across different curricula and models for social emotional learning (SEL). Part of your examination will include consideration for the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as curricular adaptation and student accommodation. You will identify data needs that support SEL implementation and assessment of proficiency on SEL-related competencies at the individual student and classroom cohort levels.

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

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

Certificate Requirements

The University may accept a maximum of 3 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NU’s Post-Baccalaureate certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last five years with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate has the following graduation requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript

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National University’s dedicated admissions team is here to help you throughout the admissions process. We accept and review applications year-round and, once you’re admitted, you can begin your studies as soon as the next week.

To apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education, Social Emotional Learning program, you must have a completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Questions? Call our admissions team at 866.776.0331 or request information and an advisor will be in touch soon. Ready to apply? Start your NU application today.

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