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Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning Graduate Certificate

Advance your career with valuable childhood development knowledge and skills with the last cohort starting Fall 2024.

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Play an Important Role in a Child’s Early Development

Learn skills and techniques for children who have experienced trauma and/or stress in Pre-K through third grade classrooms. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) continues to grow in importance as educators, administrators and caregivers strive to develop supportive programming and interactions.

Enhance and Improve Young Children’s Learning Experiences

The last term to begin this program is Fall 2024. Submit your application by August 2. This last cohort will complete their certificate in Spring 2026.

18 Credit Hours

2 Years

Fall Term Start


$775 Credit Hour

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Advance Your Personal and Career Goals

Attaining this certificate can open new opportunities. Here are some of the career pathways and titles you’ll be prepared to work with after you graduate:

  • SEL Learning Specialist
  • SEL Coordinator
  • SEL Coach
  • SEL Team Leader
  • School social workers
  • Early childhood education teacher
  • After- school program coordinators
  • Center/program director
  • Educational coordinator


Explore a Few of the Certificate Courses

See all the Social and Emotional Learning courses

Social and Emotional Learning Foundations 1: Programs and Approaches
This course introduces students to the concept and field of social and emotional learning (SEL) in general and also specializes in the early childhood periods of PreK-3.
Social and Emotional Learning Foundations 2: Family, Community, and Policy 
This course explores the role of family and community engagement (FCE) in social and emotional learning (SEL).
SEL T494
Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Behavior Guidance
Although social and emotional learning (SEL) and behavior management are not the same thing, the two domains overlap in both perception and reality.
SEL T496
Amanda Moreno
PhD, Associate Professor, Director, Child Development Program
“ There is no doubt that academic outcomes cannot be achieved without a foundation for social-emotional skills and a positive school climate. Educational leaders now widely agree that SEL is a curricular priority, but they are actively looking for partners to help them articulate and implement that new vision. Candidates could stand out from the crowd with the SEL certificate from Erikson. ”
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Apply Now for Priority Scholarship Considerations

Applications received by March 15th will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.