Program of Study




General Program of Study

Below you will find the 3 courses offered within the General track program.  Click on the Register button to register for specific courses.

101 – SEL Foundations of Social-Emotional and Character Development101 – SEL Foundations of Social-Emotional and Character Development (1 CEU)

This first course lays the foundation and is designed for the person (educators, mental health professionals, after-school personnel, etc) who will provide direct instruction of the Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) competencies in a classroom, small group or after-school setting. The focus is on the theoretical underpinnings of Social-Emotional and character development as well as the research behind it. Register

102 – SEL Pedagogy and Practice (1 CEU)

This course is the second of the three courses designed for those providing direct instruction of the Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) competencies in a classroom, small group or after-school setting. The focus in this course is on the actual methods and applications of best practices in the area of SECD. Register

103 – SEL Practicum103 – SEL Practicum (2 CEU)

This practicum is the third and final course in the program and is to be completed during one school year, lasting 15 weeks. The focus in the practicum is on the supervised and mentored initiation and implementation phases of an Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) program in a classroom, small group or after-school setting, utilizing the tools and information learned during the first two courses. Participants will be guided by an experienced mentor who is either currently or formerly providing direct SECD instruction to students. The online learning community will provide a network of peer participants who are working on parallel SELrelated projects, throughout the United States and abroad. As a participant in this program, you will be part of a worldwide community dedicated to improving the lives of children by directly teaching the concepts and skills of SECD directly to students and strive to be models in innovative education and academic best practices. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all three courses.

A letter of acknowledgment from your setting supervisor is required prior to beginning this course.  This is to let us know that your setting supervisor is aware and is in support of you initiating and implementing your action plan in your classroom, small group and/or after school program during this 15-week course.  Register

What does this program look like?

Although SEL 101, 102, and 103 have been developed as fully online courses, they also emphasize a participatory approach, incorporating Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) philosophy, activities and strategies into the classroom, counseling, and after-school groups as well as for oneself as a learner. SEL 101 and 102 are organized around 8 units within each course, to be completed sequentially. Each course has been constructed to take a minimum of 10 hours to complete yielding 1 professional development credit or continuing education unit (CEU). The Practicum extends for 15 weeks, to allow for completion of a meaningful SECD related implementation project in one’s setting. Upon the completion of the 3 courses, participants will have earned 2 CEU’s and will receive a certificate from the sponsors, Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth. The cost for each of SEL 101 and 102 is $240 and SEL 103 (the Practicum) is $360.

As previously noted this is a fully online course; all correspondence and discussions will take place online via threaded discussions, comment and drop boxes and email with occasional synchronous discussions (Live Chats). You will be notified via email or within the course when synchronous discussions will take place. A headset is required.

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