Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning


  • EDUC 573U Trauma Informed Practices in Schools – Offered Spring
  • EDUC 579U Mindfulness Strategies for the Classroom – Offered Fall
  • EDUC 581U Social Justice and Equity Education – Offered Summer

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students better comprehend and manage their emotions as well as demonstrate empathy for others. Through those learned behaviors, students make positive, responsible decisions; create frameworks to achieve their goals; and build positive relationships with others.

Our Professional Learning Series in SEL is provides educators a foundation in SEL principles and teaches the knowledge and skills to weave SEL core competencies into curriculum, classroom activities and student and parent engagement.

Our coursework is rooted in the concepts of educational equity and excellence. We seek to help educators build learning environments and experiences based on trust and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and safety and inclusiveness in the classroom.

Our series in SEL includes three graduate-level courses. One course in the series is offered each fall, spring and summer semester to allow most educators to complete the coursework within a year. Courses may be taken in any sequence.

Available Classes

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  • EDUC 573U Trauma Informed Practices in Schools
    Course Offerings

    January 16, 2024 through May 4, 2024
    Thursday, January 25, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, February 1, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, February 15, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, February 29, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, March 21, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, April 4, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, April 18, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, May 2, 2024: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Erik Laursen

    CRN: 22666 (section: pd-01)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-person/online hybrid. On-campus meeting dates as scheduled. Teachers seeking professional development only.


    In-depth examination of the influence of adverse childhood experience and adverse community environments on psycho-social growth and brain development in young people. Emphasizes developing responsive practices to support children in overcoming adversity and thriving. Includes solution-finding practices that can be used as crisis intervention, behavior support, co-creation of positive outcomes, and clarification of young people's hope for the future. Project will be incorporated into the course with emphasis placed on reflection and practice.