Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Certificate

Certificate in Social Emotional Learning: Cognition, Behavior, and Emotion (SEL)
New! Starting March 2022!

Molloy College's online Graduate Certificate in Social-Emotional Learning prepares participants with the evidence-based strategies needed to promote positive school environments, collaborative partnerships with families and wellness in the larger community. 

Program Outline:
· Recognize the characteristics and impact of adverse childhood experience, trauma and mental illness on PK-12 students
· Facilitate pedagogical strategies such as metacognition, mindfulness, and self-regulation.
· Understand behavioral and mental health literacy
· Carry out interventions to support social, emotional and behavioral wellness across PK-12 educational environments
· Engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with mental health, nursing, and social workers.
· Incorporate social awareness and positive relationship techniques into your teaching practices

Benchmarks in Social Emotional Learning from New York State  

Courses are organized around the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework. CASEL  is helping make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school. CASEL defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities. Image and description from

Required Coursework
There are 3 required courses (9 graduate credits) in the program:

- Social Emotional Learning: Emotion, Cognition, and Behavior   (3 graduate credits)
- Techniques for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness: Mindfulness, Mentorship, Self-Regulation   (3 graduate credits)
- Mental Wellness in Diverse Communities: Youth, Families, and Schools: Interdisciplinary Collaborations  (3 graduate credits)

The courses are informative, convenient, and highly interactive. Our instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. All courses run for approximately 4 weeks.  These graduate courses are part of our graduate education master's degree program at Molloy. The online schedule is just a more intensive schedule than our fall or spring semester schedule of classes. The online courses are all part of our graduate course offerings in the Division of Education and can be used as an elective towards our Master of Science degree in Education. The online courses are all listed with the course code, EDU 5900. Each course is a 3-credit graduate course and is approved as such by the New York State Department of Education.  

Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. Our expert faculty develop and lead every course, and you'll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online Zoom sessions.

Plan of Study
Courses are offered throughout the year, so you can sign up anytime.  The courses can be taken in any order and there are no course prerequisites for any course. However, you must have a Master's degree in order to enroll in the certificate program.

Online Format: Canvas and Zoom
These courses are offered fully online through a hybrid format. They meet synchronously on specific days and times through Zoom and asynchronously through Canvas.  Molloy College uses a Learning Management System or online platform called Canvas. Any fully online course that you take at Molloy will be taught using Canvas. These courses will also use Zoom. These online courses are taught in "real time" using Zoom, meaning students will have to login at a specific day and time as outlined in the schedule.

Once you have registered for your first course, you will be emailed a Molloy email account. Once you receive your Molloy email account, please follow the instructions in the email to set-up your permanent account. (If you do not receive the email within 3 business days of registering for your first course please check your spam folder or contact Alina R. Haitz at: You can log in at: using your permanent Username and Password. Once you log in to your Canvas account you can look up the any assignments that the instructor may have posted. It is also strongly suggested that you click on the following YouTube video: How To Access Canvas and take the Canvas Student Tour to become more familiar with using Canvas. There is also a Canvas quickstart page at:   

Cognition and Learning Laboratory (CogLe) 

The Cognition and Learning Laboratory (CogLe) at Molloy College conducts basic and applied research on the cognitive factors that influence cultural, developmental and social perspectives on learning. In the realm of SEL, faculty at CogLe look at an approach that focuses on promoting self-regulation skills within the social-emotional learning framework.

The tuition is discounted to $900 per courseThere are no application or course fees. This is a discounted tuition rate. Tuition is normally about $4,000 per 3-credit graduate course. The tuition is off-set by a professional development scholarship that is given to those teachers who already possess a master's degree and are not pursuing a master's degree with Molloy College. There are no other discounts given. Students and teachers who are pursuing a master's degree at Molloy College are not eligible to enroll in this program at the discounted rate.

Summer Schedule of Classes

 Registration will begin March 7th.

To register, please visit Lions Den, Molloy's Registration system, at:

Please note:  When completing the online application/registration form please select "2022 Summer Institute 1" or "2022 Summer Institute 2"  for the  courses depending upon the schedules below as the term in the drop down.

Summer Institute 1

EDU 5900.64: Techniques for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness: Mindfulness, Mentorship, Self-Regulation (please click the course title for the syllabus)
6/23 - 7/21/2022
Online Zoom Meetings, Thursdays 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm ET, Joanna Alcruz and Saadia Aslam

EDU 5900.73: Social Emotional Learning: Emotion, Cognition, and Behavior (please click the course title for the syllabus)
6/27 - 7/18/2022, Mubina Schroeder
Online Asynchronous

Summer Institute 2

EDU 5900 66: Mental Wellness in Diverse Communities: Youth, Families, and Schools (please click the course title for the syllabus)
7/13 - 8/3/2022,
Online Zoom Meetings, Wednesdays, 8 pm - 8:30 pm ET, Amandia Lewis

EDU 5900.74: Techniques for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness: Mindfulness, Mentorship, Self-Regulation (please click the course title for the syllabus)
7/6 - 7/27/2022
Online Asynchronous, Linda Noble and Malgorzata Powietrzynska

EDU 5900 75: Mental Wellness in Diverse Communities: Youth, Families, and Schools (please click the course title for the syllabus)
7/25 - 8/15/2022,
Online Asynchronous, Amandia Lewis

Registration Procedure
The program does not have traditional deadline dates because courses are offered throughout the year and they do not follow a semester schedule. There are no defined overall start and end dates for the program. Therefore, you can apply to the program at any time. The registration process is rather simple because you are not applying for a Molloy degree. There is an online application that you need to complete, but that is for information purposes only. Everyone is accepted as long as you are a NY certified teacher. There is no application fee and GREs are not required. If you are enrolling in the program for the first time, there is a combined application/registration form that you will complete online.  Once you register for the first time you will be sent an email within one to two business days with your username to login your student account to access the system for future registrations and to access Canvas, our online learning platform.

You should register at least a week before the course start date at the latest in order to register for the first time. After that you can register up until the day before the class, but then you run the risk that a course could be full- our courses do close.

All registrations are conducted online. Click here for the application/registration procedures. The online registration process differs if you are a continuing student or if you are a new student.

Information Session
June 28th at 4 pm
Email Alina Haitz at to receive the Zoom link

Additional Information
For more information concerning:

Applying, Registering or Tuition Payment and to be added to our email list, please contact Alina R. Haitz at or call 516-323-3572.  

Academic Questions, such as course content, please contact Dr. Mubina Schroeder at: