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Social Emotional Learning Specialization

College of Education

Location: Lincoln, Omaha, Online
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The Social Emotional Learning Specialist will be a knowledgeable practitioner in the neuroscience and process, through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show compassion and empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Being skilled in empowering students with social and emotional learning competencies will bring clarity to learning. 

This program is designed for those currently certified to teach but is open to counselors, administrators and anyone working in the education field. Candidates must have a Bacehlor's degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

Please note:

  • This specialization does not qualify for an endorsement with the NDE or Iowa Department of Education.
  • Students have the option of taking this specialization with our Curriculum and Instruction Degree, or as a Non-Degree seeking student. 

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The Doane Difference

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Professional Advising 

We take education and student goals personally. That’s why from the moment our students register for classes to the day they graduate, they will be supported by our graduate education staff and faculty and be personally connected to their program director.

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Academic Support

The Academic Support Center is dedicated to providing students with the support, resources, and tools to succeed. Support is available in a variety of areas including writing, reading, time management, proofreading, and tutoring.

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Financial Guidance 

We offer flexible payment options to help our students finance their education! These options include Financial Aid, Tuition Reimbursement, Monthly Payment Plans, Veterans Benefits, and Scholarships. We understand navigating these options can be overwhelming so we have support staff to guide our students through the option best suited
for them!

Program Information

The following classes may be taken in any sequence, and at any time during the program: 

  • EDU 746 Trauma: Educating Through Experiences
  • EDU 747 Teaching Empathy: Changing Humanity

The following classes must be taken in this order:

  • EDU 743 Building Mindful Classroom-Personal Practices 
  • EDU 744 Building Mindful Classroom-Classroom Practices 
  • EDU 745 SEL: Building a Classroom into a Community

Degree Seeking Student

Fifteen credit hours are required for this specialization. These courses will count towards a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Student

The non-degree seeking category consists of students who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree at Doane University, but want to take graduate courses.
Although there is no limit on the amount of credit that may be earned, if a non-degree-seeking student later wishes to pursue the Master of Education degree at Doane University, no more than 12 credits earned while in the non-degree status may be applied toward the graduate degree.
If a student feels there are extenuating circumstances, the student may petition the Graduate Committee of the Whole to accept more than 12 hours completed as a non-degree-seeking student.

A student who has taken coursework as a non-degree-seeking student and who later wishes to be admitted into a degree program must complete all requirements for full admission and all program requirements currently in effect, instead of those in effect when the coursework began.