Course Description

This course teaches life skills that are foundational to motivation in the classroom and classroom management. Students who have strong social and emotional skill sets will be more successful in the classroom and in life in general. In this course, students will first examine what social-emotional learning (SEL) is, including the research foundational to SEL. Then students will examine the five SEL competencies—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making—and explore how each of these can be developed first in the classrooms and then in the schools to create optimal learning environments. While examining the five SEL competencies, students will also investigate how these skill sets can affect families and communities.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

  • Interpret and integrate teaching and use of self-awareness knowledge and skills in and outside the classroom.
  • Outline the core competencies of social and emotional learning.
  • Analyze the context and value of social and emotional learning.
  • Examine and discuss teaching and use of self-management knowledge and skills in and outside the classroom.
  • Understand and explain teaching and use of responsible decision-making knowledge and skills in and outside the classroom.
  • Summarize teaching and use of social awareness knowledge and skills in and outside the classroom.
  • Evaluate and describe teaching and use of relationship skills knowledge and skills in and outside the classroom.
  • List and communicate clearly to parents and caretakers the SEL competencies and strategies that have proven success.
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Section Title
Social & Emotional Learning: Optimizing Learning Environments with Life Skills
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (4 units) $390.00
Available for Credit
4 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Virtual Education Software Inc.

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.

Karen Lea is the course facilitator


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