Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization
Positive Psychology: Well-being for life. Master strategies and tools that enable individuals and organizations to thrive
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Learners design and justify small-scale positive interventions to enhance specific aspects of their personal wellbeing based on the skills acquired in each course of the specialization. Personal reflections are implemented provide learners with the skills to impact their personal and professional lives.
After completing all five courses, learners earn a certificate signed by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, Dr. James Pawelski, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft and Dr. Karen Reivich.
This course is appropriate for all learners.
This course is appropriate for all learners.
Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology & Director, Positive Psychology Center
Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How often will Sessions of individual courses be offered?
Sessions for each course will start every two weeks on a Monday. Enrollment closes five days after a Session starts.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Each course in this specialization is four modules/weeks long and can be completed at your own pace once the Coursera session begins.
Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions: 4-6 hours/module
Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods: 4-6 hours per module
Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills: 5-7 hours per module
Positive Psychology Specialization Project: Design Your Life for Well-being: 2-5 hours per module
What background knowledge is necessary?
No specific background knowledge is needed in order to complete the courses in the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
The courses in this specialization can be taken in any order. However, the course Positive Psychology Specialization Project: Design Your Life for Well-being is intended to be a culminating capstone experience and should be taken last. Why? Because your growing knowledge and experience throughout the other courses is what matters most, and will deliver the greatest benefit from this special project-based course.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
The University of Pennsylvania does not offer credit for any of the non-credit courses on Coursera.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
Describe the past, present, and future of the science of positive psychology
Use intervention strategies to improve well-being
Read critically as a consumer of the research literature in positive psychology
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