SEL Certificate

Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development Online Certificate Program


Academy for SEL in Schools Overview


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.

SEL in Action

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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 Online Certificate Programs Overview

The Academy for SEL in Schools (, 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 Online 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

Questions regarding the Leadership Program can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 three courses, each addressing a different level of participation and delivery perspective of Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) competencies. This program is for those with some to no knowledge/experience in teaching SECD directly to students.  Visit our General Track page for more information.

The Accelerated track program is composed of two courses strictly designed for those who have 5+ years of consistent and intentional teaching Social-Emotional and Character Development to students in their setting.  This fast paced program will result in creating a portfolio documenting this journey as well as an experience in developing and implementing an SECD workshop for staff . It is not a fast-track to completion.  Visit our Accelerated Track page for more information.


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