M.ED. Social Emotional Learning

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COST PER CREDIT $595* (financial aid & scholarships available)
COURSE FORMAT Evening classes

Applications are due four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll.

I want to enroll in… Please apply by…
Fall Term First week of August
Jan Term First week of December
Spring Term First week of January
Summer Term Third week of April

*for the 2015-16 academic year


  • Whitworth’s is the only master’s-level program in social emotional learning offered in the Northwest.
  • The program was developed for teachers and other professionals who work with children.
  • Keep your day schedule and attend class in the evening.
  • Complete the program in as little as two years.
  • Learn from the best: Whitworth’s own Ron Prosser, Ed.D., Washington State Counselor Association’s 2013 Counselor Educator of the Year.

Do you work closely with children who exhibit an inability to manage their emotions or who have difficulty responding empathetically to others? Whitworth’s M.Ed. in Social Emotional Learning Program will give you the foundation to promote learning in children that will enable them to be successful in school and in life. Throughout the program you’ll work next to instructors who have years of experience integrating faith with learning and who are committed to your success and preparation to serve others in the community.

You’ll explore ways to help children develop healthy interpersonal skills and overcome difficulties that can impede their motivation to learn, maximizing their social and emotional learning potential. Social and emotional learning refers to the educational process individuals experience when learning to manage their emotions and to understand the emotional and social needs of those around them. For children, acquiring these skills plays a critical role in ensuring their emotional, social and behavioral success.

Classes Scheduled for Busy People

Keep your daytime commitments and attend class full or part time in the evening. Each class meets just one night per week during the fall and spring, structured so that working professionals can attend. In the summer, courses meet two nights per week. Whitworth’s M.Ed. in Social Emotional Learning Program offers some online classes as well; enter the program at the beginning of any semester.

Whitworth’s M.Ed. in Social Emotional Learning Program is a 38-credit program (42 credits for non-teachers) addressing cutting-edge strategies that help children develop social and self-awareness, gain self-management and relational skills, and become effective decision makers. You’ll gain an understanding of a broad range of areas that can affect a child’s ability to become equipped with social and emotional learning skills, as you become equipped to serve with compassion and love. Courses in the program refer to topics such as chemical dependency, psycho-educational assessment, responding to complex traumas, and counseling techniques.

The M.Ed. in Social Emotional Learning also serves as an opportunity for individuals who want to know how to address social and emotional needs of children but who may not want to become school counselors. Your curriculum will contain much of the content used by school counselors, but it does not include the practicums and internship needed to become a certified counselor. The M.Ed. in Social Emotional Learning Program culminates with a graduate research project arranged with a faculty member within the program.

Required Core Courses (18 credits)

EDC 509 Research for Counselors - periodically offered online
3 Credits

Social Emotional Learning Courses (20 credits)

*Non-teachers must also complete a four-credit practicum, increasing the total required credits to 42 semester hours.
Do I need to be a certified teacher to be admitted into the program?

No, teaching credentials are not required for an applicant to enter the program. It was designed for any professional who works closely with children.

Can I work while going through the program?

The M.Ed. in Social Emotional Learning Program was structured to fit the schedules of working professionals. Classes are held in the late afternoon and evening hours so those with daytime commitments can attend.

I don’t work at a school. Will I need to work in a school before completing the program?

No. Alternative sites can be approved for your practicum experience. Please speak with an academic advisor to find an option that fits your needs.


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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