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Social and Emotional Learning: Promoting Positive Mental Health Across the Curriculum

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

With the soaring concerns of mental health issues, students need to be supported more than ever with their social and emotional development. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) involves teaching and modeling five lifelong skills: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills. In this course, participants will learn how to weave SEL into the curriculum, which has been shown to increase academic outcomes and promote overall positive mental health among students. Participants will also explore strategies to support and enhance their own mental health and well-being.

Global Goals of the Course

To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of the course:

  1. Comprehend the five competencies of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
  2. Investigate the rationale for SEL and the benefits of SEL.
  3. Design teaching strategies and activities to support the social and emotional learning needs of students.
  4. Implement strategies and activities to promote positive mental health and wellness within schools and communities.
  5. Examine school and community resources available to support the SEL initiative.


By Erica Burkhart
Reviewed 4 months ago
I love these classes. The support from the instructors, the capability to go at my own pace.

By Oliver Smith
Reviewed 2 years ago
The course presented some challenges initially, that I was able to overcome due to the content and of the structure of the course outline. Since this was my first online class which I have completed in many years, I had to find different methods of progression of proceeding than anticipated. I was a little confused but was able to rethink through the requirements and was able to finish the class on time by utilizing principles learned in the class and assistance from Jill Rockwell / Teacher.

By Gloria Harris
Reviewed 2 years ago
I liked the open space, finish the course at my own pace. I really liked that, because so much might come up, and it did. It took the stress off the course.

By Maureen Szostak
Reviewed 1 year ago
The instructor was very timely in her feedback and answering any questions that I had. I appreciate that! I also like the 4 week timeline

By Brian Valerugo
Reviewed 1 year ago
thank you for an engaging class and opportunity to strengthen my knowledge

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