Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate

The Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate is an online 15-credit certificate program, which addresses educational institutions’ current and pressing need for systemic changes to school climate to enhance learning and promote safe schools. The Certificate will support professionals who wish to understand and positively affect the social and emotional climate of school-based environments to facilitate the academic achievement of K-12 students, enhance the collaborative and supportive work environment of teachers, and build strong relationships with the families and communities they serve. The program draws from interdisciplinary expertise and teaching faculty including the fields of medicine, social work, psychology and education.

The goal of the certificate program is to develop key personnel who can return to their educational institutions with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure lasting structural changes to positively affect school climate. Based on insights and research from the Comer School Development Model, the courses build upon one another, culminating in a self-defined applied capstone project, which will address a problem of study within each participant’s respective school environment; and follow up with the implementation and studied effectiveness of their project. Throughout the program, participants work closely with a mentor who support the capstone project design and implementation.

Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate
Program of Study

SEL 600Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and School Climate: Academy/Orientation1
SEL 601Research Deep Dive - Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate3
SEL 602Self-Care and Resiliency for Practitioners3
SEL 603Transforming Instruction with SEL Insights3
SEL 604Leadership for SEL School Communities3
SEL 605SEL Capstone Planning Project1
SEL 606Capstone Implementation Project1
Total Credits15

Admission Requirements

Applications for the online Graduate Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate are requested by June 30 for enrollment beginning in late July.  To qualify for admission to the certificate program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Candidates also must be employed in a school-based or educational setting. 

Candidates must submit:

  1. completed application form
  2. resume
  3. letter of intent
  4. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
  5. two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)