Educating the Whole Student: Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning

(Grades K-12) / Semester Course

PDI Course Number: 105BXX / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40154


Course Description

Are you curious as to what social-emotional learning is and how it relates to teaching and learning? Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who want to focus on the whole student by supporting social-emotional learning skills but may not know where to begin. Teachers will learn specific strategies for addressing students' social and emotional needs through such topics as mindfulness, resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and character education. Teachers will also learn about the role they play in nurturing students' self-efficacy, grit, compassion, gratitude, and positive attitudes as they work to help diverse groups of students manage their emotions and make good decisions. Teachers will also learn how to develop a strong school-family partnership. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I loved this course! I think it was one of the best PDI classes I have taken. I have so many ideas and strategies I want to try, and have a clear understanding of mindfulness and social-emotional learning." - Katherine Wang

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$174 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

$379 with the discount

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

Summer semester courses must be completed by August 24th.


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UCSD Course Number: EDUC40154
Unit One
  • The Whole Student Approach to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach
  • Minding Mindfulness
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection
Unit Two
  • The Teacher's Role in the Whole Student Classroom
  • Teaching the Intangibles
  • Connecting SEL and Mindfulness Practices to the Classroom
  • Assignment #2: Incorporate an intangible trait into a lesson plan
Unit Three
  • Coaching Students to Manage Everyday Relationships
  • Making the Right Choices
  • Regulating and Resolving Conflict and Intense Emotions
  • Assignment #3: Create problem-solving scenarios
Unit Four
  • Dealing with Diversity
  • Communication is Key
  • Becoming Socially Aware
  • Assignment #4: Develop a lesson plan for a social skill
Unit Five
  • The Character Education Connection
  • Using SEL to Prevent Bullying and Improve School Climate
  • Nurturing Self-Efficacy
  • Assignment #5: Create an activity that integrates social-emotional learning and character education
Unit Six
  • Building and Supporting an Inclusive Classroom Community
  • Responsive Classroom Approach and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Establishing and Nurturing School-Family Partnerships
  • Assignment #6: Share tips and strategies
  • Assignment #7: Course Reflection


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