Earn Your SEL Endorsement
Through a special partnership between the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Gwynedd Mercy University, you can earn a Social, Emotional and Behavior Wellness of PK-12 Students Endorsement.
Develop the additional knowledge and skills you need to advocate for the social emotional learning of all students, and become a valued resource for your fellow educators with an SEL Endorsement. This endorsement is available to BCIU teachers and graduates of GMercyU’s undergraduate and graduate Education programs.
Choose the option that’s right for you:
- SEL Endorsement and a Master of Science in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University
- SEL Endorsement and 12 graduate credits from GMercyU
All coursework is offered online.
SEL Courses are offered at $2,706 per course and include 3 graduate credits and 90 Act 48 credits. Students completing the Master’s of Education degree with SEL Endorsement may qualify for federal financial aid.
The next SEL Endorsement session begins Fall 2022!
Want to know more? Email us at SELadmissions@gmercyu.edu.
Ready to get started? Submit your SEL Endorsement application today.
SEL Endorsement Course Descriptions
Course 1: Social and Emotional Wellness Learning in Youth Development
In the first course of four, candidates will develop an understanding of social and emotional learning and the impact that explicit teaching can have on the learner as well as the learning environment. Candidates will recognize the unique developmental characteristics and needs of learners at all age levels.
Course 2: Characteristics and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness on PK-12 Students
In Course 2, candidates will develop an understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and mental illness on learning and behavior for PK-12 students. Candidates will recognize how these experiences and conditions can impact growth, development and learning of children and adolescents and the important role that educators and schools can play in reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.
Course 3: Behavior and Mental Health Literacy
In Course 3, candidates will develop an understanding of the characteristics of mental illness in children and youth and the impact this may have on learning and behavior for PK-12 students. Candidates will recognize how these experiences and conditions can impact growth, development and learning of children and adolescents and the important role that educators and schools can play in reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.
Course 4: Prevention and Intervention to Support Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness across PK-12 Educational Environments
In Course 4, candidates will take a deeper look into the development of systems change and the potential impact of adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and mental illness on learning and behavior on learning for PK-12 students. Candidates will focus on school leadership and collaboration between all stakeholders which impact both school environment and culture as well as the systemic issues that can determine the services that are provided to support all learners.