SEL Certificate

Accelerated Track Program For Instruction Upcoming Start Date

NEXT START DATE FOR 401 -  April 15, 2021



If you are TEACHING or have TAUGHT a Social Emotional Learning OR Character Development program (OR specific skills/virtues) consistently with intention and directly to students of any age for 5+ years then this is your time to shine!!   

Please read on!


Accelerated Program Overview 

The Accelerated Program focuses on SECD instruction and is only for those participants who have been TEACHING 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.  It is a program that

  • Acknowledges the SECD teaching you have been doing from a direct instruction standpoint. 
  • Will teach you another approach to teaching SECD to students 
  • Brings your experiences to a level of providing staff/professional development in the field of SECD

Our Accelerated Track courses of study and tuition costs are as follows:

  • 401 - Accelerated Combined Course - $435.00
  • 402 Accelerated Practicum Course - $420.00

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: 

  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). Live Chats are an essential part of our courses.  Live Chat dates are listed within the course by the  instructor. A headset for Live Chats is required. We recommend a KOSS SB45 Communications Headset or a KOSS CS100 USBn Communications Headset.

 Eligibilty documents must be submitted for review prior to acceptance:

  1. Resume/CV noting your 5+ years of SECD teaching experience (please include particulars such as SECD programs and/or skills/virtues taught, target population; grade, how often lessons took place along with the year each were taught).
  2. Letter from your principal (on school letterhead) acknowledging your 5+ years of SECD teaching explerience.  This is NOT a letter of recommendation; it is a letter verifying and  acknowledging what SECD programs you have taught and for how long etc.

 We are specifically looking for your 5+ years of actual SECD teaching experiences in a consistent and intentional approach.  Please be as specific as possible when listing SECD programs taught and/or how you intentionally integrated SECD into academic content.

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Accelerated Track Course Descriptions

 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.   This course needs a minimum of 5 students to run.  Please submit your eligibility documents as soon as possible so that the section can start on time.  If the minimum number is not met the start date will be pushed to the next available offering. 

Next 401 start date - 9/8/20

Documents due on or before August 31, 2020


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 professional 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.



Double check to find out if you are eligible for this program and next steps by visiting our Eligibility page.  


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