Course Description

This course provides scientifically proven evidence and strategies for teachers and students to address behavior issues and improve executive functioning. Using breath, yoga, meditation exercises, and step-by-step sensation-, emotion-, and presence-based mindfulness activities to create compassionate learning environments, educators will learn to become present in the classroom and promote compassionate self-regulation in the classroom.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have learned:

  • The theory behind mindful education, including the interrelated nature of physiology, cognition, emotions, and mindfulness for students.
  • How mindfulness in schools contributes to a positive mindset, alleviates the impact of toxic stress, and takes advantage of neuroplasticity.
  • The effects of trauma and ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) on student behavior and the ability to learn and discover trauma-informed practices that support healing.
  • Research-based mindfulness practices, including breathing exercises, yoga for the classroom, meditation for students, and cognitive reflection and awareness.
  • How to build a heart-centered learning community in classrooms and create mindful schools.
  • How to reignite the passion that first drew you to education and prioritize self-care for yourself and your students.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.
Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in
Section Title
Book Study: Practicing Presence Through Mindfulness
Start Now, you have 365 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Lucas, L. J. (2018). Practicing presence: Simple self-care strategies for teachers. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

Mason, C. Y., M., R. M., & Jackson, Y. (2019). Mindfulness practices: Cultivating heart centered communities where students focus and flourish. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


Required fields are indicated by .