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Social and Emotional Learning

Specialized Study Program in Social and Emotional Learning

Specialized Study Program in Social and Emotional Learning

Online Program


3 months



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The rise of social media and cultural diversity, along with numerous other factors, have increased the need for self-awareness, self-control, empathy, and resilience in our youth. As may be expected, these life skills play a large part in this same group’s success in school. Educators like yourself must be prepared to take on greater responsibility in shepherding those skills now for the long-term. The first step is learning what Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is, how it operates, and how to use it.

Understand the research and resources for SEL in order to grasp the impact of positive relationships and emotional connections. Discover the primary tools used for measuring social and emotional growth in children, the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Social Emotional Competencies and the Formative Five skills. These sets of standards spell out the different skills and abilities that children can grow to understand and want to maintain, such as self-confidence, self-motivation, relationship skills, and grit. Bring all of your lessons into fruition by developing a plan of your own based on existing statistics and using CASEL and the Formative Five. Applying your comprehensive plan in your own classroom can initiate the start of greater academic success and higher expectations of your students, and higher potential for positive functioning as an adult.

Designed For

  • PK-12 teachers, including classroom teachers, special education, and ESL and bilingual teachers
  • Resource specialists
  • Literacy coaches and language development specialists
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Principals and administrators
  • Parents and Parent-Teacher Organization members

What You'll Learn

  • Research for Social Emotional Learning and available resources
  • The relationship between positive relationships and emotional connections
  • The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Social Emotional Competencies and the Formative Five skills for students’ emotional success
  • Development of an applicable plan for your classroom using both CASEL and the Formative Five

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of levels within the education industry. Jobs might include:

  • Special education teachers
  • Literacy coaches
  • Language development specialists
  • Principals and administrators
  • Curriculum coordinators

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately!”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Academic Achievement and Social Emotional Learning


3 units

Social and Emotional Learning Applications in the Classroom

EDUC X460.1

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“We recognize how valuable time is for teachers, and we understand the needs of non-traditional learners, so we strive to design our programs and schedule our courses with a work, life, and learning balance in mind. Whether you want to add a credential, enhance your skills, complete a professional certificate, or get started on a Master's degree, we have what you need.”

Annette Webb

Associate Dean of Academic Programs
UCR Extension
Riverside, CA

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