A great deal of research over the last several decades validates the importance of social and emotional skills. Research shows that classrooms function more effectively and student learning increases when children have the skills to focus their attention, manage negative emotions, navigate relationships with peers and adults, and persist in the face of difficulty. NCU’s Social Emotional Learning specialization focuses on supporting young children’s social emotional development and well-being in learning environments through innovative programs, curricula, and integrative approaches.
In this specialization, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver social and emotional learning (SEL) programming directly to children, build whole-child nurturing learning communities, and be an advocate for the principles of culturally and developmentally appropriate SEL practice. Graduates of this program will be well positioned to become SEL leaders after three to five years of direct experience.
There are five core competencies covered in this specialization: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. These competencies are applied across three settings: classrooms (curriculum and instruction), schools (school-wide practices and policies), and homes and communities (family and community partnership).
|Credit Hours||Courses||Est. Time to Complete|
|MED||30||10||17 months||View Course Catalog|
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.
100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.
One to One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.
- Apply instructional design practices and technology options to lead and educate diverse groups
- Investigate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and community issues
- Explain educational theories, research, and practices to diverse audiences
- Recommend solutions to ethical dilemmas in diverse educational and organizational settings
- Integrate professional standards into practice for leading and educating diverse groups