Support the total development of all children
To provide the best possible educational experience, today’s classrooms demand a modern approach to learning that balances an academic focus with support for a child’s social and emotional development. The Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate teaches educational leaders to work collaboratively to build supportive bonds among children, parents and school staff, and create a positive school-wide environment.
This certificate program, which draws on knowledge from the Comer School Development Program, provides a steady accumulation of skills that enable you to become a catalyst for change. Coursework culminates with a capstone experience in which you will work closely with a mentor to develop and implement an SEL-based climate action plan within your school. The perspective and expertise gained from this program make it valuable for all school-based personnel, including administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and social workers.
This flexible program allows you to complete the introductory orientation either on campus or online during the summer, with the remainder of the program completed entirely online. In addition, students interested in pursuing future leadership roles may elect to apply 3-9 credits from the certificate program toward the completion of their Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership upon acceptance into the program.
About Online Learning
Flexible scheduling meets world-class education
Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.
Curriculum and Requirements
Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate Curriculum
The 15-credit certificate program emphasizes the skills needed to work collaboratively toward creating a school culture that promotes safety, instructional competence, and student and teacher wellness. Courses build upon one another, culminating in a two-part, action-research capstone project that allows you to design, implement and evaluate a process for improving social and emotional learning and climate within your school. Throughout your studies, you work closely with a mentor who will support you in shaping a unique approach to enhancing your school's SEL climate.
Please note that students have the opportunity to take the Summer Academy/Orientation course either on campus or online. All other coursework will be completed entirely online.
Program Core Courses:
- SEL 600 Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) & School Climate: Academy/Orientation (1 credit)
Choose your mode:
- Track one: On campus (3 full days)
- Or Track two: Online (2 weeks)
- SEL 601 Research Deep Dive – SEL and School Climate (3 credits)
- SEL 602 Self-Care and Resiliency for Practitioners (3 credits)
- SEL 603 Transforming Instruction with SEL Insights (3 credits)
- SEL 604 Leadership for SEL School Communities (3 credits)
- SEL 605 SEL Capstone Planning Project (1 credit)
- SEL 606 SEL Capstone Implementation Project (1 credit)
To qualify for admission, candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and currently be a licensed and/or certified employee of a K-12 school, or prove employment in a school-based or educational setting. The ideal candidate will have maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and earned no grade lower than a B- in a single class.
Interested individuals can apply online. Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, the admissions committee will not review an application until all of the supporting documents are received.
A complete application consists of the following:
- Completed application form
- $45 application fee
- Updated resume
- Personal statement describing your interest in applying for this program
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed