Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate

Foster a Supportive Culture of Safety and Understanding

The foundation for student success is the environment in which he/she learns. Students must feel physically and emotionally safe in the classroom and feel supported by their teacher and classmates. In light of numerous issues with bullying and violence in schools, this online certificate program addresses the pressing need in K-12 institutions to address the social and emotional needs of students and teachers through systematic changes to school climate.

The first program of its kind in the State, this program provides a unique focus on the ways that culturally responsive practices, school equity, and diversity and inclusion can better inform SEL frameworks with the whole child in mind. Our certificate draws on cross-disciplinary research to prepare teachers, administrators, and other key school personnel with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure lasting structural changes to positively affect school climate. Coursework builds upon itself and culminates in a hands-on capstone project, in which you will address an applied problem of practice within your respective school environment.

Curriculum Overview

This graduate certificate program prepares you to facilitate the academic achievement of students, enhance the collaborative and supportive work environment of teachers, and build strong relationships with the families and communities that you serve. Coursework critically examines the foundations of social and emotional learning and builds into a self-defined capstone project that provides you the opportunity to implement and evaluate an action-research plan within your school.

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Today's educators have access to an increasingly connected global community and an abundance of digital resources. In addition to connecting our candidates to those resources, Quinnipiac University's School of Education has a collaborative community of its own, both online and off. That community includes our outstanding faculty members – experienced educators, top practitioners and scholars–who guide and support students through our programs every step of the way.

This environment prepares candidates for fulfilling careers in education and human development by cultivating:

  • An ability to engage in sound practice that is informed by educational theory
  • A commitment to equity and social justice
  • A deeply reflective and mindful approach to their work

By fostering personal as well as intellectual transformation, we aim to prepare innovators committed to positive social change, who will have a meaningful impact on the lives and futures of learners.

Rankings & Accreditations

US News and World Report Top Online Education Program
AN NCATE Accredited Institution

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