SEL

The credential in Instruction in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development is one of two credentials offered by the Academy for SEL in Schools., a collaboration of Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth.  Below, please find information on the Co-Directors of the Academy and the credentialing programs, and the primary instructors who will be teaching courses for the Instruction Credential.

maurice eliasMAURICE ELIAS, PH.D – PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR

Co-Director, Academy for SEL; Professor of Psychology, Rutgers; Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab; Director, Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service

Maurice Elias is Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, and Academic Director of The Collaborative, Rutgers’ Center for Community-Based Research and Service. He is Past President of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division of Community Psychology (27) of APA and has received the SCRA Distinguished Contribution to Practice and Ethnic Minority Mentoring Awards, as well as APA’s National Psychological Consultants to Management Award, the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the John P. McGovern Medal from the American School Health Association, and the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.

Dr. Elias lectures nationally and internationally to educators and parents about students’ emotional intelligence, school success, and social-emotional and character development. A recent recipient of the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education, among Dr. Elias’ numerous books are ASCD’s Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving curricula for grades k-8, the new e-book, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting (via Kindle and Nook) and a book for young children: Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (www.researchpress.com, 2012). Maurice writes a blog for the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia Website.

 

patricia heindelPATRICIA HEINDEL, PH.D. - PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR

Co-Director, Academy for SEL; Dean of Human and Social Development, College of Saint Elizabeth; Co-Project Leader of the Academy for Social Emotional Learning in Schools; Director, CSE Center for Human and Social Development; Co-Director of the School Culture and Climate Initiative, a partnership of the CSE Center and the Youth Empowerment Alliance of the United Way of Northern New Jersey

Patricia Heindel, Ph.D., co-project leader with Maurice Elias, Ph.D. of the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, is a professor of psychology and Dean of Human and Social Development at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE). She is the Director of the CSE Center for Human and Social Development and the Center’s School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab. She is co-director of the School Culture and Climate Initiative delivered in partnership between the Center for Human and Social Development and the Youth Empowerment Alliance of the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

The Initiative (modeled on the Developing Safe and Civil School Project led by Maurice Elias) is currently partnering with over 50 schools in 12 districts in Northern New Jersey to assess and improve their cultures and climates. She served as Psychology Program Chair at CSE for 21 years before becoming Dean. In 2007, Dr. Heindel was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Psychological Association. She has served as senior editor of the online Journal of the Behavioral and Social Sciences and is the editor of the CLEP test preparation manual in Developmental Psychology.

 

VICTORIA POEDUBICKY - PRIMARY COURSE FACILITATOR

Victoria Poedubicky Ed.S, MFT is a retired health educator and school counselor with 33 years experience from the Highland Park Public Schools. 20 of those years were dedicated to initiating, implementing and assessing the Social Decision Making/Problem Solving program through the health program, guidance counseling services, and school and district-wide initiatives as well as integration into the curriculum. She was instrumental in initiating, facilitating and supervising a Social Decision Making Lab, which is a teaching component assisting students in learning and strengthening social-emotional skills in a one-one or small group setting. Victoria has published several articles, provided workshops to parents and staff, taught a social-emotional learning course at Rutgers University, has served as a mentor to other teachers and counselors, and is a co-developer and instructor for the Online Direct Instruction in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development for Teachers and Support Staff at Rutgers University.

 

Erin-223x218ERIN BRUNO - PRIMARY COURSE FACILITATOR

Erin Bruno, MA, has been working in the field of Social and Emotional Learning, Conflict Resolution, and Anger Management for more than 20 years. 16 of those years have been spent working as the Lead Trainer for Rutgers University, University Behavioral Health Care’s Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program (SDM/PS). Erin has presented and worked with many schools across the United States and assisted in the writing and publishing of the Social Decision Making and Problem Solving Curriculum. Erin has worked extensively with administrators, teachers, mental health professionals, parents and students in the field of Social and Emotional Learning and continues to be inspired by the dedicated people she has had the privilege to work with.

 

 

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LAUREN HYMAN KAPLAN - PRIMARY COURSE FACILITATOR

Lauren Hyman Kaplan, M.A, is a consultant, speaker, certified emotional intelligence coach and counselor in the field of social and emotional learning, emotional intelligence and bullying prevention. She is a former

teacher and school counselor with over 18 years of experience training and providing consulting to schools around the United States and the world. She conducts presentations, workshops and provides on-going consulting to schools and  parenting  organizations and teaches the New York State mandated Dignity for All Students and SAVE violence prevention workshops for educators . She was a Regional Implementation Director for the Developing Safe and Civil Schools Project at Rutgers University, funded by the NJ Department of Education. She is a certified consultant to the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, a Grant Reviewer for the US Department of Education and a certified Star Factor Emotional Intelligence Coach. Lauren is also the New York Network Leader for Six Seconds. She is an instructor at Bank Street College of Education and the co-author of the New York State "Interpersonal Violence Prevention Resource Guide for Parents and Educators." (New York State Department of Education, 2002). 

 

DR. JOANNE MACLENNAN - PRIMARY COURSE FACILITATOR

A certified teacher and guidance counselor with 30 years of classroom experience, Dr. MacLennan has been on the faculty of the Program in Counseling Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth since 2003. She was also a group counselor for victims of domestic violence at Morris County’s Jersey Battered Women’s Service before increasing her time as the college’s Social/Emotional Character Development Specialist. Dr. MacLennan is a member of the New Jersey Culture and Climate Coalition and is part of the professional development team of the Youth Empowerment Alliance at United Way of Northern New Jersey. Her workshop areas of expertise are helping teachers use emotional intelligence skills for student academic achievement and healthy emotional and social development, bully/victim prevention and girls’ relational bullying. Other audiences include guidance counselors and those in positions of educational leadership.

 

DR. LAUREN FULLMER - PRIMARY COURSE FACILITATOR

Dr. Lauren Fullmer has been working in the field of public education for nearly ten years. She has taught students in grades 1-5 in a school in northern New Jersey and most recently is a fifth grade teacher. In addition, she has three years of experience in higher education, teaching courses at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, as well as at the College of St. Elizabeth. Her research interests include social and emotional learning, as well as how to minimize the risk factors associated with divorce through the implementation of preventive programs for children.

 

JUDY NUSS - PRIMARY COURSE FACILITATOR

A long-time teacher and school leader, Judy has collaborated with Penn State University Prevention Research Center research teams implementing and evaluating implementation of evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs/strategies. As a CASEL
(Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) consultant over the last 8 years, Judy provided long-term consultation to large urban districts for the promotion of district-wide SEL. She has worked in Sacramento, Austin, Cleveland, and El Paso. Prior to working with CASEL, Judy led the district-wide implementation of SEL in Harrisburg School District, PA, as the Director of SEL, one of the first in that role in the country. Judy has authored parts of some evidence-based SEL programming (Peace First, Lions Quest) and has written about and facilitated professional learning for the promotion of educators’ social and emotional competence.

 

PATRICIA MEACHAM - PRIMARY COURSE FACILITATOR

Patricia Meacham, MBA is an instructor for The Academy for SEL in School. She is an alumnys of the SECD for Direct Instruction program. She is an adjunct faculty member of Rutgers University, Department of Psychology, the University of San Diego, School of Leadersgip and Education Sciences, Department of Learning and Teaching, and the USD Division of Professional and Continuing Education. Patricia has spent over a decade supporting a wide variety of schools and museum education programs for non-profits. Her work interests are social-emotional learning, character development, and the promotion of school-family partnerships for a positive school climate. Patricia has been part of several educational research teams that develop, evaluate, and facilitate social-emotional learning and character development courses, conferences, and programs. She works with developing educators, school and district teachers and leaders, as a consultant, presenter, and trainer. Patricia previously worked in the classroom as amiddle school and high school mathematics teacher and guest teacher for K-8 students with cognitive and physical learning challenges.

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

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 of 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.

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 SECD instruction to students.
  • Has successfully initiated, taught and assessed 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.  This is not a letter of personal recommendation.
  • Submit a resume/CV which includes yearly SECD teaching experiences including SEL or CE programs and/or skills/virtues for each of the years you have taught SECD.    

 

Documents to be submitted for review prior to acceptance and registration to 401; submit to 

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You will be notified following a review of your documents if you are eligible to register for 401.

The criteria to enroll in the Acceleratedd 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.

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ACCELERATED PROGRAM COURSES

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.   $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 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.                                                                                               $450.00           Register

The individuals below have served as advisors to all aspects of course development and credentialing, based on extensive experience with SEL. Character Education, and online learning.

Janet Patti, Hunter College, School of Education, Founding Member, CASEL Leadership Team, Director, NYC Leadership Development projects using SEL

Larry Leverett, Executive Director, Panasonic Educational Foundation, Former Supt. of Schools in Plainfield (NJ) and Greenwich (CT), former Assistant Commissioner for Urban Education (NJ)

Jacqueline Norris, Retired from positions as Dean, College of New Jersey, College of Education, Department Chairperson, Elementary Administration, Past Member, Blue Ribbon Panel, National Schools of Character, Character Education Partnership, Assistant Superintendent, Principal and Teacher in Piscataway Public Schools

Ed Dunkelblau, Director, Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Education (IL), Past Member, Blue Ribbon Panel, National Schools of Character, Character Education Partnership, Past Director of Training for CASEL, Consultant to CEP around implementation of High School SECD

Jim Vetter, Education Development Center, former Program Director for the Open Circle Program

Joan Duffell, Executive Director, Committee for Children, Developer, Second Step family of curricula internationally

Norris Haynes, Southern Connecticut State College, Director of the Center for Community Action Research, Graduate Program in School Psychology and Counseling, Past Program Researcher, Comer Project, Past Chairperson, AERA School Climate Interest Group, Founding Member, CASEL Leadership Team

Jessica Berlinski, Chief Learning Officer, Personalized Learning Games.com, designer of SEL/CD

Rebecca Irby, Former Technology Consultant to DSACS, now Founding Partner and Director of PEAC Institute | Peace Education & Art Communication, Rebecca and Ed Dunkelblau were primarily developers of the technical elements of the on-line course architecture and web site format for the Direct Instruction pilot courses at Rutgers

Victoria Blakeney, Former SEL Curriculum Coordinator, Anchorage Alaska Public Schools

Melissa A. Maras-Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology University of Missouri, expert on sustainable school-based interventions across professional groups

Joanne MacLennan, SECD Specialist, College of Saint Elizabeth, former school counselor, online course instructor

Natercia Rendeiro, Vice President of the NJ Social Workers Association and School Social Work Supervisor, Newark, New Jersey

William Neigher, Vice President, System Development and Chief Strategy Officer,
Atlantic Health System

Barry Barbarasch, NJ Association of School Psychologists and Hamilton Twp. Public Schools

J. Barry Mascari, NJ School Counselors Association and Kean University; former SEL Coordinator, Clifton Township Public Schools

Carol Churgin, Association of Student Assistance Professionals, NJ and Newark Public Schools, Parent Coordinator

Elizabeth Warner, Community Impact Manager, Education/Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA), United Way of Northern New Jersey, Co-Director, CSE/YEA School Culture and Climate Initiative of Northern New Jersey and Morris County School Support Network

Philip Brown, Former Director, NJ Center for Social and Character Development and Founder, NJ Alliance for Social-Emotional and Character Development, Consultant, National School Climate Center

For information about enrolling in the SEL Leadership Certificate Program please go to SELinSchools.org

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Eligibility to Enroll in the General Track Program

What is the criteria to enroll in the General Courses (101 and 102)?

  • You must either:
    • hold an undergraduate degree (Bachelor's or Associate's degree) or higher, or
    • be currently enrolled in a college/university (60 credits or more).

What is the criteria to enroll in the General Practicum Course (103)?

  • Successful completion of SEL 101 and 102 sequentially (corroborated with instructor).
    • submission of copies of courses 101 and 102 certificates of completion
    • detailed action plan as described in course 102
  • Have access to a computer that can access our Canvas site.
  • Submit a signed letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging you would be participating in the practicum and will support you as you deliver your action plan directly to students. Send your signed letter in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This letter is only to notify your principal/supervisor that you will be implementing your detailed action plan with your students.  They will NOT have to act in the role of your practicum supervisor.
  • We recommended that you first submit the appropriate documentation and wait for confirmation and notification of acceptance via email or phone before registering for this course. Otherwise, you may be deregistered.

What is the criteria to enroll in the General Alternate Practicum Course (003)?

  • Successful completion of SEL 101 and 102 face-to-face live version sequentially corroborated with:
    • submission of copies of courses 101 and 102 certificates of completion
    • detailed action plan as described in course 102
  • Submit a signed letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging you would be participating in the practicum and will support you as you deliver your action plan directly to students. Send your signed letter in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This letter is only to notify your principal/supervisor that you will be implementing your detailed action plan with your students.  They will NOT have to act in the role of your practicum supervisor.
  • We recommended that you first submit the appropriate documentation and wait for confirmation and notification of acceptance via email or phone before registering for this course. Otherwise, you may be deregistered.

 

Eligibility to Enroll in the Accelerated Track Program

What is the criteria to enroll in the Accelerated Program (401)?

  • You must either:
    • hold an undergraduate degree (Bachelor's or Associate's degree) or higher, or
    • be currently enrolled in a college/university (60 credits or more).
  • Currently employed as someone who provides direct instruction to students.
  • Have 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 signed letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging your 5+ years SECD instruction experience and that you are applying to take the courses.  This is NOT a letter of personal recommendation. Send your signed letter in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This letter is only to notify your principal/supervisor that you will be implementing your detailed action plan with your students.  They will NOT have to act in the role of your practicum supervisor. This is NOT a letter of personal recommendation.
  • We recommended that you first submit the appropriate documentation and wait for confirmation and notification of acceptance via email or phone before registering for this course. Otherwise, you may be deregistered.
  • Submit a resume/CV that also includes all SECD instruction experiences prior to registration.
  • Send documentation of SECD experience (letter and resume/CV) for review to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

  • Successful completion of the Accelerated Course (SEL 401, to be corroborated with the course instructor).

 

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The call for school reform and improvement presents today’s educators with a great challenge. How do we strengthen basic skills, increase higher order thinking skills, warn about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, violence and other potentially lifechallenging situations while promoting appreciation and respect for diversity? Simply put, how do we prepare our children to be knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of a very pluralistic and global society?

And how do we do this in the face of budget crunches, and ever-changing federal and state mandates? What does not change is the essential importance of children’s Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) for college, career, contribution, and life success. The 3 course program that lead to the certificate allows instructors to:

  • Acquire a foundation of knowledge and research about the relationship between academic achievement and the development of Social-Emotional competencies.
  • Build the SECD skills and mindsets students need to be successful socially and academically.
  • Develop skill in pedagogical strategies to integrate SECD principles, skills and concepts into all aspects of teaching that will improve students’ Social-Emotional skills, character, and academic learning-to-learn skills.
  • Address harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and substance abuse prevention.
  • Learn best practices for implementing social skills groups in and after-school, service learning, and conflict resolution programs.
  • Engage fellow educators and group leaders to be reflective in their practice and understand the relationship among selflearning, classroom practice and student learning and be willing to assess, adapt, change and continually reevaluate in an effort to tailor instruction to diverse and changing groups of learners.
  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate and operate a Social-Emotional and Character Development oriented classroom or group (before, during or after-school).

 

What Certificate Programs For Instruction Do You Offer?

There are 2 certificate programs offered:

The first program is a 3 course general program for those professionals with little or no experience and/or knowledge in Social-Emotional and Character Development; Foundations, Pedagogy and Practice,and Practicum.

Each of these 3 courses introduces and develops knowledge and skills in social and emotional and character development for those who will be the primary deliverer (i.e. educators, school counselors, social workers, school psychologists, antibullying, specialists, after-school program staff, etc) to all students prekindergarten through twelfth grade as well as college level students. Regardless of the Social-Emotional and/or Character Development program currently implemented in your school (if at all), participants in this credentialing program will acquire knowledge of: Self-awareness, Emotional Regulation, Social Awareness, Relationship Building and Decision Making, as well as the principles of Character Education. Participants will also develop lessons and/or action plans for implementation in their individual settings.

The second program is a 2 course Accelerated program for those professionals with 5 or more years in initiating and teaching Social-Emotional and Character Development in their classroom, small group counseling sessions or after school program directly to students.  It is  NOT a fast track to completion.  Applicants MUST be able to document their 5+ years of SECD direct instruction to students in a consistent (without random breaks) and intentional approach.

Each of the courses in this program is designed to help deepen the foundation and Pedagogy and Practice for a more experienced professional as well as serve as a spring board to document the past, present and future journey in Social-Emotional and Character Development.

Who should take our courses?  

All of our courses/programs are designed for those professionals who provide instruction directly to students.

  • Educators
  • School counselors
  • School social workers
  • School psychologists
  • Antibullying specialists
  • After-school / out of school program staff

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How do I register for a course in the full General Track Program?

Course 101 and 102

  • Confirm that you are qualified for the single course or General Track Program.

  • Locate and click on the course/section you wish to register for.

  • Follow the prompts to create and account and register. You can pay using a credit card or purchase order.

  • For large groups or individuals paying with a purchase order, send your initial email and completed purchase order to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Course 103 and 003

  • Submit copies of courses 101 and 102 certificates of completion, detailed action plan as described in course 102, and a signed letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging you would be participating in the practicum and will support you as you deliver your action plan directly to students. Send your signed letter in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Once you receive confirmation and notification of acceptance via email or phone, you are then able to register for the course. Otherwise, you may be deregistered.

  • Locate on this page the course/section you wish to register for.

  • Follow the prompts to create and account and register. You can pay using a credit card or purchase order.

  • For large groups or individuals paying with a purchase order, send your initial email and completed purchase order to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

***Before registering, please review the course/program eligibility requirements.***

 

General Courses of Study:

Course 101 Foundations of Social-Emotional and Character Development

Course 102 Pedagogy and Practice

Course 103 Practicum Course

Course 003 Alternate Practicum Course

 

How do I register for a course in the Accelerated Track Program?

  • Confirm that you are qualified for the single course or Accelerated Track Program.

  • Submit a signed letter on letterhead from a school principal, director or supervisor acknowledging your 5+ years SECD instruction experience and that you are applying to take the courses. Send your signed letter in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Submit your resume/CV showing your year to year SECD teaching experience directly to students.  Please do identify the SEL or character education program you have taught and/or specific skills/virtues.  Send your resumen/CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Once you receive confirmation and notification of acceptance via email you will receive an approval code to register for the course. Otherwise, you may be deregistered.

  • Locate and click on the course/section you wish to register for.

  • Follow the prompts to create an account and register using the approval code given to you. You can pay using a credit card or purchase order.

  • For large groups or individuals paying with a purchase order, send your initial email and completed purchase order to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • If you are waitlisted, 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.

  • Also, this particular program needs a minimum of 5-7 to run.  If a course section has fewer than 5 it may be necessary to change the start date until the minimum number is reached.

 

***Before registering, please review the course/program eligibility requirements.***

 

Accelerated Courses of Study:

Course 401 Accelerated Combined Course

Course 402 Accelerated Practicum

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Academy for SEL in Schools Overview

Vision 

Every professional working in schools should possess all the skills and attitudes needed to promote the social-emotional and character development of all children-- all meaning all-- in those schools, and should be prepared to make positive, constructive contributions to school climate and adult communities of learners in schools.

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Our Pledge to You

The story begins with a belief that every child deserves to attend a school that is inspiring, challenging, supportive, safe and healthy, engaging, and build on mutual respect.

Every child needs competencies for success beyond the test score—skills for the tests of life, a life of college, career, contribution, and caring.

Someone has to take responsibility for schools to become cohesive and coherent places to accomplish the above goals.  These courses and this credentialing program are designed to prepare you for that responsibility, but we don’t expect you to succeed on your own.  You are entering into a community of mutual support and consultative assistance, a virtual Professional Learning Community, that will be at your side as you move forward.  Within your country and around the world, people sharing the vision and goal want to move beyond the dream and into reality.  By teaching the mind and encouraging the heart—in each other, as well as in our students—we can be successful.

That is our unique pledge to you—you will be prepared to implement a wide range of social-emotional and character-based programs to your students, and you will also be joining others whose collective experience, wisdom, creativity, and problem-solving skills toward a shared goal will make each of us and all of us better. We are all instructors and students in the service of improving the lives and futures of all children entering schools.   

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Academy for SEL in Schools Certificate Programs Overview

The Academy for SEL in Schools (SELinSchools.org), a collaboration of Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth, proudly offers two certificate programs:

  • The Certification in Instruction in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development, and
  • The Certificate in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development.

 

"Which Academy Certificate Program better suits my needs?"

If you are a classroom teacher, or an in-school or out-of-school professional working directly with children...

You are in the right place. Our Certificate in Instruction of Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development Interventions focuses on teaching SECD skills and/or virtues to students in a classroom, small-group, and/or after-school contexts.  

For registration information regarding our Instruction program, please visit our Registration page.

If you are in a leadership position such as supervisor, director, principal or assistant principal working with staff or in an SEL- related position working directly with staff.. ...

Consider the Certificate in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development, which adds Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Character Development (CD), and School Culture and Climate (SCC) to your portfolio of leadership skills. 

Registration and other information regarding the Leadership program can be found at SELinSchools.org

 

Earn a Certificate for Instruction in
Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development

The Instruction in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development certificate program is an implementation of a series of online courses that leads to a certificate in Instruction in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Character Development (CD) in Schools and After-School Programs. This unique program is a non-credit program which offers all educational staff, school mental health professionals, and those working in after-school programs the opportunity to enhance their professional development skills in the field of Social-Emotional and Character Development. The Instruction in SECD certificate program offers two tracks: the general track program and the accelerated track program.

 

"Which program track is right for me?"

The General track program is composed of 3 courses, each addressing a different level of participation and delivery perspective of Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) competencies. Visit our General Track page for more information.

The Accelerated track program is for those who have 5+ years of consistent and intentional SECD teaching experience in the field successfully initiating and implementing Social-Emotional and Character Development to students in their setting.  It is a 2-course program which will result in creating a portfolio documenting this journey as well as an experience in developing and implementing an SECD workshop for staff . Visit our Accelerated Track page for more information.

 

Find out if you are eligible for any of our certificate programs or courses here.

 

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Payment can be made using a credit card or by purchase order.

 

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General Track Program Overview

Our General Track Program is for those professionals with little or no experience in Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) and teaching SECD directly to students. 

Although SEL 101, 102, 103 and 003 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: 

  1. Move students through each unit and the course together while also providing the flexibility of an online course
  2. 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.

SEL 101 and 102 are offered at various times throughout the year, whereas SEL 103 and 003 Practicum courses are only offered during the school year (September - June). Please read the course descriptions below and the registration page for more details.

 

General Track Program Courses and Course Descriptions

101 – 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.  This course has been constructed to take a minimum of 10 hours to complete yielding 1 professional development credit or continuing education unit (CEU). SEL-101 and SEL-102 (see description for SEL-102 below) are organized around 8 units within each course, to be completed sequentially. Students go through units with unit completion due dates to facilitate the completion of assignments.  Live Chats are held with the instructor. 

For further information about the course, please read the abbreviated syllabus here.

$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. This course has been constructed to take a minimum of 10 hours to complete yielding 1 professional development credit or continuing education unit (CEU). SEL-101 and SEL-102 (see description for SEL-102 below) are organized around 8 units within each course, to be completed sequentially. Successful completion of 101 is needed to register for this course.

For further information about the course, please read the abbreviated syllabus here.

$290.00       Register

 

103 – SEL Practicum  (2 CEU)

The practicum is the third and final course in the program and is to be completed during one school year, lasting 15 weeks to allow for completion of a meaningful SECD related implementation project in one’s setting. 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.

Upon the completion of the 3 courses (101, 102 and 103 or 003)  participants will have earned 4 CEU’s and will receive a certificate from the sponsors, Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth. The certificate of completion for successfully completing the Practicum will be given as a Program Certificate acknowledging the 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. You also need to successfully complete 102 prior to registering for this course.

For further information about the course, please read the abbreviated syllabus here.

$435.00   Register

 

What is the Alternate Practicum?

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.

003 – SEL Alternate Practicum (2 CEU)

Like the General Practicum, the focus in the Alternate 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.  

Upon the completion of the 3 courses (101, 102 and 103 or 003)  participants will have earned 4 CEU’s and will receive a certificate from the sponsors, Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth. The certificate of completion for successfully completing the Practicum will be given as a Program Certificate acknowledging the successful completion of all three courses. 

To be accepted and enroll in the Alternate Practicum Course (SEL 003), you must submit the following appropriate documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • PDF of signed letter from Principal/Supervisor on letterhead. The letter should acknowledge your participation in the 18-week practicum and support for delivering your 12/18 week action plan to students,
  • Documentation of your completing courses 1 and 2 Live, and
  • Your detailed Action Plan

After submitting your three documents, wait for confirmation and notification of acceptance via email prior to registering for this course. Please remember to include your contact information.in your email.

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 or transferred into an upcoming section until receipt of your documents and acceptance has occurred. 

You will be contacted and notified of your eligibility for admission to the course/program.

For further information about the course, please read the abbreviated syllabus here.

$495.00     Register

 

Find out if you are eligible for a course by visiting our Eligibility page.

 

Paying with a Purchase Order?

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What if I was placed on a waitlist?

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

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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.

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The online system for this level will be the Canvas 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 Canvas 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 Canvas.  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 Canvas 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.