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 581U Social Justice and Equity in Education
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Dana Jackson

    CRN: 30444 (section: 2)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-class/online hybrid. Tuesdays are in-person class sessions, Thursdays are remote class sessions. Teachers seeking professional development only. Department approval required.


    Gain an understanding of the origins and evolution of critical social justice theory. Through various hands-on activities and experiences, participants will be provided with opportunities to develop a historical perspective of the inequities that plague our communities and to engage in their own practice of uncovering hidden bias. Practical applications of the theory and understanding gained will culminate in the development of an educational mission statement along with resources to be used and shared in real educational settings.