Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Certificate in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development for Instruction

An Online Certificate in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development Awarded by Rutgers University

Rutgers University and College of Saint Elizabeth are pleased to announce the implementation of series of online courses leading 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 (CEU-based) program that offers all educational staff, school mental health professionals, and those working in out-of-school programs the opportunity to enhance their professional development skills in the field of Social-Emotional and Character Development.

The General program is composed of 3 courses completed in sequence (SEL101, SEL102, and SEL103), including relevant content related to fostering students’ Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) competencies, and creating a positive classroom climate, and a supervised practicum at one’s workplace.

The Accelerated program is designed for those who have 5 or more years of successful delivery and implementation of SECD in their setting. It is a 2-course program, which culminates with a project to create a portfolio documenting each participant’s journey.

The certification in Instruction in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development is one of two certifications offered by the Academy for SEL in Schools, a collaboration of Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Program Description and Benefits

The call for school reform and improvement presents today’s educators with a great challenge. How do we strengthen basic skills, increase higher order thinking skills, warn about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, violence and other potentially life challenging situations while promoting appreciation and respect for diversity? Simply put, how do we prepare our children to be knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of a very pluralistic and global society?

And how do we do this in the face of budget crunches, and ever-changing federal and state mandates? What does not change is the essential importance of children’s Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) for college, career, contribution, and life success.

The 3-course program that leads to the certificate allows participants to:

  • Acquire a foundation of knowledge and research about the relationship between academic achievement and the development of Social-Emotional competencies.
  • Build the SECD skills and mindsets students need to be successful socially and academically.
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  • Develop skill in pedagogical strategies to integrate SECD principles, skills and concepts into all aspects of teaching that will improve students’Social-Emotional skills, character, and academic learning-to-learn skills.
  • Address harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and substance abuse prevention.
  • Learn best practices for implementing social skills groups in school and out-of-school, as well as service learning and conflict resolution programs.
  • Engage fellow educators and group leaders to be reflective in their practice and understand the relationship among self-learning, classroom practice and student learning and be willing to assess, adapt, change and continually reevaluate in an effort to tailor instruction to diverse and changing groups of learners.
  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate and operate a Social-Emotional and Character Development oriented classroom or group (before, during or after-school).
  • Become part of a virtual Professional Learning Community that will provide ongoing access to instructional support and implementation assistance and problem-solving. This enables participants to serve as instructional leaders and resources in their settings.

Courses

A Three-Course Certificate in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development for Instruction

intructionThis 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.

intructionThis 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.

intructionThis practicum is the third and final course in the program and is to be completed during one school year, lasting 15 weeks. 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.

The Accelerated Program

The Accelerated Program is for those who have five or more years of successful delivery and implementation of SECD in their setting and can document this experience. The Accelerated program combines courses 1 and 2 of the general program into one course. The Accelerated Practicum assists participants in compiling and organizing all of the pieces of their journey leading them to where they are now and where they are heading in moving SECD forward in their setting.

SEL201 – Accelerated Course

The Accelerated Course combines courses 101 and 102 of the general program into 1 course and is organized around 8 topics to be completed sequentially. The course has been constructed to take a minimum of 10 hours to complete yielding 2 professional development credits or continuing education units (2 CEU’s).

SEL202 – Accelerated Practicum

The Accelerated Practicum assists participants in compiling and organizing the pieces of their journey leading them to where they are now and where they
are moving SECD forward in their setting. The Practicum extends for 10 weeks to allow for a meaningful SECD related implementation case example based on one’s setting as well as a guided exploration of their SECD journey.