SEL

What is the Online Professional Development Community?

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A unique feature of the courses and the certificate is participants’ involvement in a virtual Professional Learning Community (vPLC). Beginning with participation in one’s classes and practicum, there is an emphasis on being part of a community of learners who support and assist one another during the courses. Most importantly, after the certificate is obtained, there is continued access to a wide community of implementers, many of whom have faced and addressed the implementation issues participants will inevitably confront as they bring their new skills into their professional settings. The vPLC brings continuous added value to obtaining the certificate. This, in turn, enhances one’s role in one’s school or after-school setting, including serving as a resource to other staff with regard to children’s Social-Emotional and character competencies.

What online capabilities will I need?

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The online system for this level will be the Pearson Learning Studio (eCollege) Learning Management System, which is a comprehensive, on-demand, online learning solution available for the delivery of fully online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. The Learning Studio (eCollege) site for this program will include course content, syllabus, links to other online resources, and a discussion board to upload your assignments and to communicate with your classmates. You will be provided with information to ensure that your computer has a compatible browser to accommodate ecollege. rutgers.edu. (Free downloads are available.) If synchronous meetings (Live Chats) are determined you will be notified of the time, day and the specifics regarding downloading the online meeting tool to join.

For Windows : Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

  • Chrome 40
  • Fire Fox 34 and 35
  • Internet 10 and 11

For MAC OS : OSX 10.9, 10.10, 10.8, 10.7

  • Chrome 40
  • Safari and up
  • Firefox 31 and 32

Note: These requirements are for Learning Studio itself. Plugins or players noted below may have their own system requirements. Also for more information you can check the help tab tool within the course. The help tab is located across the top of your screen.

Technical Tools for Course Interaction:

The following are a list of technical tools that are used throughout the courses. These tools are located across the top of your screen once you begin your course.

  1. Drop box is the private place to submit your work. This is where you send to the instructor exercises and your various novel chapters. This is also where you 'pick up' your critiqued work.
  2. Threaded Discussion is a public discussion forum where questions can be posted and responded to. We will be posting topics for discussion in which you will be expected to participate. Information can be found within the course at the first Threaded Discussion.
  3. Journal is a private place to post your personal thoughts and reactions to readings and/or activities. You will be required to submit your journal entries to us upon request.
  4. Live Chat – A synchronous group meeting occurring in real time online. You will be notified if and when this discussion chat will occur and what tool to download in order to participate. It is recommended that you test out your audio system and the Live Chat tool prior to the scheduled Live Chat. Headsets and a quiet atmosphere are required during the chats.
  5. Course Tools Help – This item under Course Home provides you with any and all information and/or questions regarding navigating around your course.

Program of Study

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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. $290.00        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.        $290.00       Register

103 – 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 of completion for successfully completing the Practicum will be given as will a Program Certificate acknowledging successful completion of all three courses.

For this course 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.  $435.00   Register

003 – SEL Alternate Practicum (2 CEU)

This Alternate Practicum section is only for those students who have completed courses 1 and 2 through our Face to Face Live version of the online courses.  It is the third and final course in the program and is to be completed during one school year, lasting 18 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 SEL related 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.

  • To enroll in the Alternate Practicum Course (SEL 003), you must first submit the following appropriate documentation: 1) PDF of signed letter from Principal/Supervisor on letterhead, 2) documentation of your completing course 1 and 2 Live and 3) the Detailed Action Plan to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and wait for confirmation and notification of acceptance via email or phone prior to registering for this course.  Please remember to include your contact information.
  • If you should choose to register for an Alternate Practicum Course (SEL 003) prior to submitting documentation and receiving an email or verbal confirmation of acceptance to this course, you may be deregistered.  Notification will occur if this happens.
  • Check your computer capabilities for complete access to our Canvas Learning Management System.

You will be contacted and notified of your eligibility for admission to the course/program.  Should you have any additional questions please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                              $495.00     Register

 

What does this program look like?

Although SEL 101, 102, 103, 003 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 and Alternate Practicum extends for 15  and 18 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 4 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 $290 and SEL 103 (the Practicum) $435. 003 (Alternate Practicum) is $495.

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.

Paying with a Purchase Order?

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What to do if placed on a Wait List?

If you are wait listed, look through the course offerings on the registration page for the next available open section.  Our courses have a maximum cap, so register early!

A headset is required

We recommend a KOSS SB45 Communications Headset

Or a KOSS CS100 USBn Communications Headset.

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Accelerated Program of Study

Below you will find the 2 courses offered within the Accelerated track program. 
Click on the Register button to register for specific courses.

401 - Accelerated Combined Course (2 CEU’s)

 The Accelerated Course is only for those participants who have been initiating, implementing and assessing Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) programs successfully in their school, counseling groups of after-school programs successfully for 5+ years and can document this experience. This course combines SEL 101 and 102 into one course.  Like the other courses, this course is organized into ten weeks of activities (8 units).   $435.00          Register

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 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 also 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.                                                                                                 $450.00           Register

Logistics and Costs of the Accelerated Program

SEL 401 is organized around eight topics, to be completed sequentially. The course has been constructed to take a minimum of 10 hours to complete yielding 2 professional development credit or continuing education unit (CEU).

The Practicum (SEL 402) extends for 10 weeks, to allow for a meaningful Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) related implementation case example based on one’s setting, as well as the compilation of the portfolio of SECD accomplishments as well as the development and implementation of a 1-2 day SECD Professional Developmment to 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. 

To be accepted into the Accelerated Program:

  • Currently holds or is enrolled in a College/University OR Associates Degree or higher (60 credits or more).
  • Currently employed as someone who provides direct instruction to students.
  • Has successfully initiated, implemented and delivered Social-Emotional and character development programming in your classroom, counseling sessions or after-school program to students successfully for 5+ years in a consistent, intentional and effective approach and can document this experience.
  • Submit a letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging your 5+ years of SECD experience and that you are applying to this Accelerated Program
  • Submit a resume/CV which includes teaching experiences in the area of SEL/CD to be submitted prior to acceptance and registration to 401; submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send documentation of SECD experience to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The criteria to enroll in the Practicum Course (SEL 402) are as follows:

  • Above criteria have already been met.
  • Successful completion of the Accelerated Course (SEL 401, to be corroborated with the course instructor).

You will be contacted and notified of your eligibility for admission to the Accelerated Program. Following notification, you may register. If you choose to register for 401 or 402 prior to submitting documentation and receiving an email or verbal confirmation of acceptance to either course, you may be deregistered. Notification will occur if this happens.

Should you have any questions send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Eligibility to Enroll in Courses

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Eligibility to Enroll in the General Track Program

The criteria to enroll General Courses 101 and 102 are as follows:

  • Currently enrolled in a College/University OR Associates Degree or higher (60 credits or more).

The criteria to enroll in the General Practicum Course are as follows:

  • Above criteria already submitted.
  • Successful completion of SEL 101 and 102 sequentially (corroborated with instructor).
  • A signed letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging your applying to take the course and participate in the practicum.

Submit Letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I enroll in a single course or in the full General Track Program in Social-Emotional and Character Development?

To enroll in a single course or for the full program for professional development / in-service credit, all you need to do after reviewing that you satisfy the educational and other qualifications is:

  • Click the REGISTER link here or above.
  • Locate and click on the course/section you wish to register for 
  • Then follow the prompts to create and account and register.
  • If you are wait listed, look through the course offerings on the registration page for the next available open section.  Our courses have a maximum cap, so register early!  Should you have any questions send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • To enroll in the Practicum Course (SEL 103), you first MUST have successfully completed 101 and 102.   Then it is recommended that you first submit appropriate documentation (PDF of signed letter from Principal/Supervisor on letterhead) to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and wait for confirmation and notification of acceptance via email or phone prior to registering for this course.
  • If you choose to register for Practicum Course (SEL 103) prior to submitting documentation and receiving an email or verbal confirmation of acceptance to this course, you may be deregistered. Notification will occur if this happens.
  • Check your computer capabilities for complete access to our Pearson Learning Studio (eCollege) site.
  • You will be contacted and notified of your eligibility for admission to the Practicum. Should you have any questions send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The criteria to enroll in the (General) Alternate Practicum Course are as follows:

  • Currently enrolled in a College/University OR  currently has Associates Degree or higher (60 credits or more).
  • Successful completion of SEL 101 and 102 Face to Face Live version sequentially corroborated with:
    • submission of copies of courses 1 and 2 certificates of completion
    • detailed action plan as described in course 2
  • A signed letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging your applying to take the course and participate in the practicum.

Submit documentation and letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eligibility to Enroll in the Accelerated Track Program

The criteria to enroll in the Accelerated Program:

  • Currently holds or is enrolled in a College/University OR Associates Degree or higher (60 credits or more).
  • Currently employed as someone who provides direct instruction to students.
  • Has successfully initiated and implemented Social-Emotional and character development programming successfully in your classroom, counseling sessions or after-school program for 5+ years directly to students and can document this experience.
  • Submit a letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging your applying to take the courses and a resume/CV that also includes all SECD experiences prior to registration.

Send documentation of SECD experience (letter and resume/CV) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Once accepted, you will be able to register for 401, the Accelerated Course.

The criteria to enroll in the Accelerated Practicum Course (SEL 402) are as follows:

  • Above criteria has been met.
  • Successful completion of the Accelerated Course (SEL 401, to be corroborated with the course instructor).

You will be contacted and notified of your eligibility for admission to the Accelerated Program. Following notification, you may register. If you choose to register for 401 or 402 prior to submitting documentation and receiving an email or verbal confirmation of acceptance to either course, you may be deregistered. Notification will occur if this happens.

Should you have any questions send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Then move on to the registration page to enroll.