The Social-Emotional Learning and Flourishing certificate at NDMU provides training for the next generation of educators. Through courses in social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, positive behavior supports, and culturally responsive teaching, you will be prepared to create a learning environment that enhances the social and emotional wellbeing of your students.
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Program Location

Credits: 15
Time to Complete: 3 semesters
Format: Online
Courses: 8 Weeks (Fall & Spring), 3 & 15 Weeks (Winter/ Summer)

EDUC-511 Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (3) Fall: August-October 
SPE-524 Positive Behavior Supports (3) Fall: October-December 
EDON-525 The Traumatized Child (3) WINTER (3 Weeks) or SUMMER (May-August) 
EDU-536 Social Emotional Learning and Flourishing (3) Spring: January-March 
EDGT-501 Affective Characteristics of Diverse Gifted and Talented Learners (3) Spring: March- May 

Total Credits: 15


The curriculum of the Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) program in Social Emotional Learning and Flourishing creates societal impact through:

  • Preparation of critical thinkers who are dedicated to serving under-represented communities and populations;
  • Advancement of trained professionals who are adept in incorporating theory and evidence-based practice in the design of socially responsible and collaborative practices that lead to safe and affirming learning environments;
  • Development of teachers who are knowledgeable in the frameworks and theories of social-emotional learning and human flourishing, and who are able to integrate those frameworks and theories into an effective learning program and positive outcomes for students; and
  • Advancement of trained professionals who are adept in designing instructional environments that accommodate inquiry-based pedagogies, meet institutional goals of inclusivity and sustainability, and support interdisciplinary collaborations.

What to Expect Studying at NDMU

Education programs at NDMU are built upon a strong foundation in liberal arts, the Catholic intellectual traditions, and social teaching.

"Reflecting on 28 years as a teacher and 12 years as an administrator at the middle level, there was no coursework or professional development that had the same positive impact on my students, staff, parents, and myself as those centered around relationship-building.  Educational experiences in social-emotional learning, positive behavior supports, culturally responsive teaching and trauma-informed care go to the heart of why individuals become educators and provide them with research-based skills and strategies to build strong, collaborative relationships within their communities.  In return, educators gain a sense of renewed confidence in their abilities to support the social, emotional, and academic development of all their students."

– Michele Doyle, Retired Administrator

Education Careers

Notre Dame is one of the state’s largest and most significant private providers of teacher education.