The Accelerated Program is only for those participants who have been initiating, teaching and assessing Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) program(s) successfully in their classroom, counseling groups, or after-school programs successfully for 5+ years in a consistent and intentional approach and can document this experience. The Accelerated Program is NOT a fast track to completion.
Our Accelerated Track courses of study are as follows:
- 401 - Accelerated Combined Course
- 402 Accelerated Practicum Course
Although SEL 401 and 402 have been developed as fully online courses, they also emphasize a participatory approach, incorporating (SECD) philosophy, activities and strategies into the classroom, counseling, and after-school groups as well as for oneself as a learner. There are unit completion due dates for assignments in order to:
- Move students through each unit and the course together while also providing the flexibility of an online course
- Build and develop an SECD learning community and enhance Live Chat discussions.
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 for Live Chats is required. We recommend a KOSS SB45 Communications Headset or a KOSS CS100 USBn Communications Headset.
Find out if you are eligible for a course by visiting our Eligibility page.
Accelerated Track Program Courses Overview
401 - Accelerated Combined Course (2 CEU’s)
This course combines SEL 101 (Foundations) and 102 (Pedagogy and Practice) into one course. The course has been constructed to take a minimum of 10 hours to complete yielding 2 professional development credit or continuing education unit (CEU). Like the other courses, this course is organized into 10 weeks of activities (8 units) to be completed sequentially.
402 Accelerated Practicum Course (2 CEU’s)
Having completed the Accelerated combined Foundations, Pedagogy and Practice (SEL 401) course for a Social-Emotional and Character Development Certificate, participants will be given the opportunity to apply their extensive skills in a guided way to an extended case example, allowing a demonstration of mastery of the application of skills to an acual workshop presentation to staff.
Participants will learn how to use the virtual Professional Learning Community as a resource for implementation, as well as how to be a resource to others within the vPLC, particularly those newer to SECD. The Accelerated Practicum provides a format for assembling and submitting a portfolio of representative accomplishment during participants’ years of initiating, implementing and assessing Social-Emotional and Character Development within your classroom, skill and character building groups, and/or after-school programs.
Practicum students will also create/develop 1 or 2 day SECD staff development workshop for staff. Upon the completion of the SEL 401 and 402 courses and the submission of the portfolio of accomplishment, participants will have earned 2 CEU’s and will receive a certificate from the sponsors, Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth.