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Applied Social and Emotional Learning Certificate

Take any one course or complete all three to earn the Social Emotional Learning Certificate.

Foster a supportive culture of safety and understanding

The Applied Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Certificate is designed to support educators and school personnel in developing foundational, responsive and transformative social emotional learning practices.

You will learn the best techniques for building collaborative partnerships with families, students, and the larger educational community, to ensure your students are getting the care and support they need using evidence-based and age-appropriate strategies.

You can take this class at either the undergraduate or graduate level and through either admitted or non-admitted status. We want to provide maximum flexibility to participants to help them accomplish their individual goals. We are also prepared to do group registration for teams of educators from schools or districts. Please contact our registration consultant, Laura Lyon, by email at to get signed up!

  • Ideal for teachers, aides, and administrators

  • 100% online

  • No prior experience required

  • 3 course sequence

  • 9 months to complete

Earn a Certificate

Completers earn WOU’s Applied Social and Emotional Learning Certificate

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Topics Covered

  • Leading pedagogies, including trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and restorative practices
  • Guidelines from CASEL
  • How to implement behavior supports and interventions
  • Techniques for collaborative problem-solving
  • How to cultivate positive student-teacher relationships
  • How SEL can help students meet learning outcomes
  • Strategies for collecting data to inform your teaching
  • Tips for communicating the value of SEL to others

Course Descriptions

There are three courses in this certificate.



Foundations of Social-Emotional Learning Practices

Winter – January 4th, 2021 to March 12th, 2021

In this course, you’ll learn about the foundations of children and adolescents’ social-emotional learning and wellbeing. This course considers cognitive, family and humanistic perspectives, and introduces CASEL’s framework of social-emotional learning.

We’ll explore ways to integrate social-emotional learning into daily school practices and subject teaching through community building in schools and classrooms, character development, lesson planning and instruction, and family-school collaborations.

You will also learn the importance of self-care for teachers, educators and staff working in school settings.



Responsive and Reflective Social Emotional Practices

Spring – March 29th to June 11th

This course focuses on implementing trauma-informed practices as they align with CASEL’s framework.

You will explore ways to reflect upon and respond to student needs using a variety of interventions, giving you a toolkit of practical classroom-ready skills. You will be encouraged to adapt and integrate class ideas into your own practices and the work you do in schools.



Transformative Social and Emotional Learning

Summer – June 21st to July 30th

The emphasis of this course is critical self-reflection and generative brainstorming. As a group, we will discuss ideas for creating safe school climates that support the well-being of staff and students, promoting school-wide cultures of acceptance, and increasing understanding of instructional strategies that support SEL and equity.

This course will push you to implement justice-oriented teaching practices and use culture, identity, agency, and belonging to create access to the five core SEL competencies.