Our General Track Certificate Program is for those professionals with a broad range of knowledge in Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) as well as in actual teaching SECD directly to students either as a stand alone course/class OR integrated into core content subjects. 

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

  • 101 – SEL Foundations of Social-Emotional and Character Development 
  • $313.00 (10 weeks) 
  • 102 – SEL Pedagogy and Practice 
  • $321.00 (10 weeks) 
  • 103 – SEL Practicum 
  • 469.00 (15 weeks) 

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  • 003 – SEL Alternate Practicum - $495.00 (18 weeks) 

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.

Live Chat discussions are essential in each of our courses.  Live Chats build community and enhance online learning.  Live Chat dates/times are noted within courses by the instructor.  They are 1 hour in duration; all must attend typically in the evening.

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.

 All readings are within each course; no text book is required for the General Track Courses

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

 

General Track Certificate Program (Courses for Instruction) Description

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.  There are four (4) Live Chats held with the instructor. All assignments (at 85% or higher) AND assessments (at 85% or higher) must be achieved for successful completion of this course and to move on to 102.  Assignments/assessments cannot be opted out.

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

Next start date: January 24, 2024   

Next start date: April 15, 2024

Cost: $313.00 - 

 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 15-20 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. There are six (6) LIve Chat discussions & skill/trait demonstrations with the instructor.  Successful completion of 101 is needed to register for this course.  All assignments (at 85% or higher) AND assessments (at 85% or higher) must be achieved for successful completion of this course and to move on to 103.  Assignments/assessments cannot be opted out.  The assessments in 102 assess knowledge and skills learned in 102 and also act as a springboard into 103.

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

Next start date: January 8, 2024

Next start date: April 15, 2024

Cost: $321.00

 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 (teaching) 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. Participants will teach a series of SECD sequential lessons over the course of 12 out of the 15 weeks of the Practicum in their settings (classroom, small group or after school setting) in an intentional, consistent approach.  Each lesson will last 40-45 minutes.

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.  There are five (5) Live Chat discussions with the instructor.  All assignments (at 85% or higher) AND assessments (at 85% or higher) must be achieved for successful completion of this course/program.  Assignments/assessments cannot be opted out.

Those eligible for the Practicum and in non-traditional settings should contact the program coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions.

Covid-19 Response: For Those in Hybrid and Remote/Online Teaching Experiences.  We have adapted the practicum experience to accommodate your teaching experience for a hybrid or remote/online teaching experience.  Additional information will be discussed at the end of 102 and/or at the start of 103.

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

Next start date: January 2, 2024 (In progress now)

Next start date: March 4, 2024

Cost: $469.00

 

(003) Alternate Practicum Overview 

This Alternate Practicum section is only for those students who have completed courses 101 and 102 through our in-person Live version of the online courses.  Due to COVID, the two day in person LIve version has been restricted.  Our virtual version will be offered soon.

The Alternate Practicum 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.

Covid-19 Response: For Those in Hybrid and Remote/Online Teaching Experiences.  We have adapted the practicum experience to accommodate your teaching experience for a hybrid or remote/online teaching experience.  Additional information can be obtained following day 2 (102) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or at the start of 003.

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.  

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

Click here to register.

Cost: $495.00

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.

  

 

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Drop/Transfer Policy

Students will only be able to withdraw/ drop a course for a refund within the first week a course begins. 

Students will only be able to withdraw from a course and transfer to another section within the first week a course begins.

Requests to drop/transfer must be done in writing (email) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  And email notification should also be sent to the instructor.

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