Combining SEL and DEIB to Propel Learning Forward

(Grades PreK-5) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 149T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC42480

Course Description

As your classroom becomes more diverse, do you wish you had strategies to increase equity, inclusion, and belonging? Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a process for creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. With DEIB at the forefront, educators can use methods for teaching social-emotional skills that include all students and give them a voice. This online course provides the perfect approach to integrating SEL and DEIB to deal with a variety of societal issues. Teachers will be provided with thorough background information on SEL and DEIB as well as numerous activities that support DEIB while teaching each of the five core competencies of SEL. Teachers will explore Universal Design for Learning and culturally responsive teaching and will learn how these frameworks align with both SEL and DEIB. From acknowledging diversity to designing student-centered classrooms, teachers will feel empowered to lift up students’ voices and allow them to make authentic choices about their learning. Finally, teachers will learn strategies to combat challenges of implementing SEL. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to embed the teaching of social-emotional skills to promote equity and excellence for all students. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$120 with the 20% discount tier

Course with Credit from UCSD

$304 with the 20% discount tier

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC42480
Unit One
  • Introduction to Social-Emotional Learning
  • Introduction to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • The Confluence of SEL and DEIB
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Meeting Students’ SEL and DEIB Needs with UDL
  • Integrating UDL into the Classroom
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • A Schoolwide Framework for SEL
  • Core Competency #1: Self-Awareness
  • Core Competency #2: Self-Management
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Core Competency #3: Social Awareness
  • Core Competency #4: Relationship Skills
  • Core Competency #5: Responsible Decision-Making
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Examining the Classroom through a Cultural Lens
  • Leveraging SEL to Promote Equity and Excellence
  • Incorporating Student Voice and Choice
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Challenges to Implementing SEL
  • SEL in an Online Setting
  • Integrating Technology and SEL
  • Assignment #4: Design three social-emotional lesson plans
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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