About this Specialization

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Social and emotional learning, or SEL, programs have flourished in schools during the last decade. These programs vary widely but most share a concern for five individual, student competencies: self awareness; self-management; social awareness; relationship skills; and finally responsible decision making. It is important for teachers and parents to know about and understand these programs. While lots of SEL programs emphasize K-12 student social and emotional learning, only a very few programs exist to promote, and help teachers explore their own emotional well-being. In this Specialization our central premise is this: To facilitate students’ social and emotional learning, a teacher must know the student as a person. This means that the teacher must strive to know her or him self. In order to help students achieve a degree of well-being, teachers need to be aware of their own well-being. In our Specialization, “The Teacher and SEL” the instructors (Randy Testa and Dan Liston, as well as Emily Price and Ben Kirshner) examine kindergarten through high school SEL programs, looking at both established programs and less well-known community-based and youth empowerment approaches. Along with this examination of K-12 SEL programs, we bring a much needed emphasis on the teachers’ well being.
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Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

The Teacher's Social and Emotional Learning

4.7
stars
288 ratings
95 reviews
Course2

Course 2

SEL for Students: A Path to Social Emotional Well-Being

4.7
stars
120 ratings
29 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Expanding SEL

4.8
stars
64 ratings
7 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Teacher SEL: Programs, Possibilities, and Contexts

4.8
stars
75 ratings
11 reviews

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  • Yes, you can earn 3 university credits from the University of Colorado-Boulder for this specialization. Check out "How you can earn 3 university credits from the University of Colorado-Boulder for this specialization" reading in the first week for additional information.

  • We are offering this Coursera Specialization for graduate credit (3 credits). If you enroll and successfully complete the 5 courses, you will be eligible to receive 3 credit hours, via Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    The cost for this Specialization: $49 (per month) paid to Coursera for the Specialization and $240 paid as a one time fee to Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Registration for the University of Colorado component must be accomplished after successfully completing all five courses of the Specialization. For additional registration information see in Course 1 — "Reading: How you can earn 3 university credits from the University of Colorado-Boulder for this specialization”.

  • We want to note that the courses in this Specialization were designed with a three-credit university course load in mind. As a participant you may notice a bit more reading content and a little less video/lecture content. Completing and passing the SEL Specialization allows the participant to apply for 3 graduate credits toward teacher re-certification and professional enhancement. We want to ensure the quality and high standards of a University of Colorado learning experience.

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