Social and Emotional Learning


Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in applying mindfulness-based approaches in education to reduce stress and promote well-being. Research is beginning to confirm the efficacy of these approaches.

The UVA School of Education and Human Development is the first major school of education to offer a series of courses in social and emotional learning in education informed by cutting edge science. These courses are intended to prepare professionals to apply mindfulness to their work with adults and children in school settings and other occupational settings that involve helping others.

Social and Emotional Learning courses are available to undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students. In addition to electing these courses, graduate students earning the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction or the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction can choose Social and Emotional Learning as an area of emphasis.

SEL Courses


  • EDIS 3012: Mindfulness in Health and Human Development

    Mindfulness_3012.jpgMindfulness in Health and Human Development is designed to integrate cutting edge science with practical applications for students preparing to work in caring professions. Evidence has shown that mindfulness can give us an edge in supporting our own well-being and our ability to provide support for others. As a student in Mindfulness in Health and Human Development, you will gain a solid foundation in the interdisciplinary field of interpersonal neurobiology and the scientific study of mindful awareness and compassion practices. For the purposes of this course, mindfulness is defined as a trait, a state, and a practice. Research has found that some people are naturally more mindful that others (trait), anyone can be more or less mindful at any given moment (state) and you can cultivate mindfulness with practice. Mindful awareness practices can be formal (such as forms of meditation) or informal (bringing mindful awareness to everyday activities). It can also be practiced in a variety of ways besides formal meditation, including movement (walking, yoga and martial arts), and engaging with nature and the arts. You will become familiar with a variety of these practices and will be asked to integrate them into your own life by regularly engaging with them for the duration of the course. You will then apply this theoretical and practical knowledge to a series of case studies highlighting common intrapersonal and interpersonal challenges. You will also learn how to present and lead these practices to others and gain experience practicing this in class. In this way, Mindfulness in Health and Human Development will prepare you to use the skills learned in this course to care for yourself and build capacity to help others.

     
  • EDIS 4012: Advanced Mindfulness in Health and Human Development

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    Advanced Mindfulness in Health and Human Development is designed to further build skills and knowledge learned in EDIS 3012 and to prepare students to lead and teach mindful awareness practices to others. Research on mindfulness-based interventions is confirming their value for supporting both physical and mental health. As a student in Mindfulness in Health and Human Development, you will gain a solid foundation in the science, pedagogy and teaching methods associated with evidence-based mindful awareness practices. This course is intended to prepare you to teach and lead mindful awareness practices to others following best practices in the field of mindfulness-based interventions. As part of this process, you will maintain a daily personal mindfulness practice that you began during EDIS 3012.

     
  • EDIS 5012: Mindfulness for Teachers

    Two young girls walking through an empty fieldTeaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Mindfulness for Teachers will introduce students to a series of evidence-based practical skills that will help them cultivate the inner resources needed to support their students' social, emotional, and academic growth.

     
  • EDIS 5013: Teaching Mindfulness in Schools

    A young child meditatingThis course introduces the knowledge and skills teachers need to introduce mindful awareness practices to students in pre-K-12 school settings. Reviewing the latest research, students will learn effective strategies for teaching mindfulness to children and teens. Applying instructional design questions, students will design a series of lessons that are developmentally and culturally appropriate for their students.

     
  • EDIS 5014: The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

    This course introduces the knowledge and skills teachers need to support students exposed to chronic stress and trauma. Students will learn about the effects of trauma on body and mind, and how to recognize them in students' behavior. They will be introduced to a variety of evidence-based classroom practices that support students' healing, build their resilience, and foster mindfulness and compassion in the classroom.

     
  • EDIS 5015: Social and Emotional Learning

    Social & Emotional Learning introduces current research on the social and emotional development of students and teachers in educational settings. It also presents students with the current theory underlying social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and programs and the empirical research on the efficacy of such programs.

Graduate Student Options


Graduate students in either the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction or the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction can choose Social and Emotional Learning as an Area of Emphasis during their time of study.

  • MEd – C&I

    The School of Education and Human Development offers the online Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an area of emphasis in Social and Emotional Learning. This area of emphasis includes five courses informed by cutting edge science are intended to prepare professionals to apply mindfulness to their work with adults and children in school and occupational settings aiming to support help others.

    MEd - C&I Course Sequence

    MEd in Curriculum and Instruction
  • EdD – C&I

    The School of Education and Human Development offers the online Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an area of emphasis in Social and Emotional Learning. This area of emphasis includes five courses informed by cutting edge science are intended to prepare professionals to apply mindfulness to their work with adults and children in school and occupational settings aiming to support help others.

    EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.