Apply for Enrollment in the SEL in School Leadership Certificate Program at Saint Elizabeth University

The Certificate for School Leadership in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development is offered by Saint Elizabeth University in partnership with Rutgers University. Participants who complete this three-course online program will earn a certificate from Saint Elizabeth University, and will benefit from a valuable set of knowledge and experiences gained from the highly interactive coursework and practicum.

Requirements & Eligibility

To enroll, participants must have a bachelor’s or higher degree in a related field. Participants should either currently be in a position of school leadership, such as those listed above, or have held a leadership position previously and have the goal of returning to one. We also encourage applicants who aspire to be in leadership roles in schools, especially as they relate to SEL, character development, and/or culture and climate.

Format & Structure

This program is designed specifically for educators and school leaders, and is structured to accommodate their busy work schedules.

Enrollment Process

Get started in the certificate program in three steps:


Complete the online application. Be sure to include your personal statement indicating why you think this program is a good fit for you.


Within two weeks you’ll get an email with your acceptance status. If accepted into the program you’ll receive further information about creating your student account, accessing your program materials, and other important information for starting the program.


Sign in on the day the course begins to start your learning journey!

Program Schedule | Upcoming Sessions

Sessions start regularly. See dates below.

SEL 101

Research and Innovations in Social-Emotional Learning and Positive School Culture/Climate

Tuition: $295

SEL 201

Leadership in School-Wide Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development

Tuition: $395

SEL 301

Implementing and Leading a Social-Emotional Learning and School Culture/Climate Initiative

Tuition: $495

Current/Upcoming Sections:

Spring 2023 

January 16 –  March 5, 2023 (7 Weeks) Online Workshops:  Tues. 7-8 PM Eastern (1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21)   Application Deadline: 1/6/23 
March 6 –  April 23, 2023 (7 Weeks) Online Workshops:  Tues. 7-8 PM Eastern (3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11)  Application Deadline: 2/24/23 
April 24 –  June 11, 2023 (7 Weeks) Online Workshops:  Tues. 7-8 PM Eastern (4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30) Application Deadline: 4/14/23 

Summer 2023

June 12 –  July 30, 2023 (7 Weeks) Online Workshops:  Tues. 7-8 PM Eastern (6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25) Application Deadline: 6/2/23 

To enroll in SEL101, please fill out the online application in STEP 1 above.      

Current/Upcoming Sections:

Spring 2023

January 9 – April 2  (12 Weeks)      Online Workshops: Tues. 7:45-9:00pm Eastern (1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 3/7, 3/28)        Registration Deadline 12/23/22  

Summer 2023

June 12 – September 3 (12 Weeks)      Online Workshops: Tues. 7:45-9:00pm Eastern (6/13, 6/27, 7/11, 8/8, 8/29)        Registration Deadline 6/2/23

*To enroll in SEL201 please contact the Program Coordinator at

Current/Upcoming Sections:

Spring 2023

January 16  – May 7, 2023 (16 weeks) Online Workshops:  Thurs. 7:30-8:30pm Eastern  (1/19, 2/23, 3/23, 5/4) Registration Deadline 1/6/23

*To enroll in SEL301 please contact the Program Coordinator at

About SEL101:

This first course consists of 7 weeks of self-paced activities and one facilitator-led online meeting each week for the first six weeks of class.

About SEL 201:

This second course consists of 12 weeks of self-paced activities with five facilitator-led online meetings.

About SEL301

The SEL301 practicum is a 16-week project-based course with four facilitator-led online meetings spread across the duration of the course (see workshop calendar for dates). Participants will apply what they learned in the foundational course, and use the leadership tools they acquired in SEL201 to a practicum project designed to address a specific SEL and/or school culture and climate-related challenge in their school.

Terms & Conditions

This certificate program may serve as continuing education in many school districts, and we will provide verification of completion upon request. However, this program is currently non-credit-bearing and can not be applied toward a degree. Participants may receive a full tuition refund if they opt out of any course within a week after it begins. After the first week, participants who opt out of a course will receive a credit toward completion of the same course redeemable for up to two years.

Scholarship & Tuition Assistance

The NEA awards grants to education support professionals for developing their professional practice to improve student learning. Applicants must be current members of the NEA and will need to demonstrate a link between SEL and global learning. For more information please visit the NEA Foundation website.

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