Improve the lives of children in your classroom by helping them develop lifelong skills in social and emotional learning. Take the four SEBW courses below* to complete the post-graduate certification. Students may qualify for ACT 48 credits by completing this program.
Social-Emotional and Behavioral Wellness Learning Courses
SPE 611: Mental Health Literacy
This course will introduce the concept of social, emotional, and behavioral wellness for PK-12 students. Teacher candidates will be able to define and describe social and emotional learning and identify programs that promote social and emotional competence. They will also be able to describe and define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and mental illness, including how such experiences and conditions can impact the growth, development, and learning of children and adolescents. This course also covers the role of schools in reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors, building assets and fostering resilience in students who experienced trauma or mental health issues.Read More
SPE 606 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional/Social and Behavioral Disorders
3 credits. This course covers personal, social, and emotional disorders in an educational setting, including methods of identification, assessment, and instructional planning; develops skills in effective classroom management and creating classroom climate conducive to learning and growth. It also provides comprehensive coverage of a variety of models of disciplines and aids students in building systems and conceptual models of total discipline, emphasizing activities promoting pupil motivation and classroom management and organization of the environment, instruction, behavior, and record keeping.Read More
SPE 608 Families, Schools and Communities: Communication and Collaboration
3 credits. This course focuses on the home-school partnerships, issues of family and professional collaboration and diversity, and methods of promoting adult communication and management strategies. It applies the knowledge of cultural and linguistic diversity and the significance of socio-cultural and political contexts as they relate to the family, culture, and society. It identifies the members of teams designed to support and optimize children’s educational needs and social-emotional development and the network of community services and resources available to individuals, families and groups affected by social, environmental, health and related problems.Read More
SPE 614: Supporting Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness - Field-Based Experiences
This course covers the roles of other relevant child-serving systems within communities that can be supportive of addressing matters associated with social, emotional, and behavioral wellness of PK-12 students (e.g., children’s mental health and juvenile justice). Teacher candidates will apply skills in communicating and collaborating effectively with children and youth who have experienced trauma or mental illness, as well as their families, and school and community partners.
This course also allows teacher candidates to practice advocating professionally for children and youth and their social, emotional and behavioral wellness. Confidentiality and professional ethics will be emphasized and required. Prerequisites: SPE 611, SPE 606, and SPE 608.
Appropriate clearance is required for the SEBW Field Experience.Read More
*Students who have already taken SPE 606 and SPE 608 may use them toward this program — meaning you just need to take two courses, SPE 611 and SPE 614, to complete the endorsement for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness of PK-12 Students.