General

What does the General Track Program look like?

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.

 

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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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