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  • Online Certificate in Social Emotional Learning & Behavioral Wellness

    With one in five students likely to experience some sort of trauma during their time in school, it’s more important than ever that educators be prepared to support these students. Drexel University’s online Graduate Certificate in Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness is designed to help you create supportive classroom environments and programs using evidence-based and age-appropriate strategies. You will also learn the best techniques for building collaborative partnerships with families, students, and the larger educational community, to ensure your students are getting the care and support they need.

    What is a Certificate Program in Social, Emotional & Behavioral Wellness?

    The purpose of a social, emotional and behavioral wellness certificate program is to prepare teachers and educational administrators to help students address non-academic barriers to learning. Certificates in this field are designed to support educators and administrators who regularly work with students exposed to trauma or other mental health issues.

    Certificate in Social, Emotional Learning & Behavioral Wellness Online Program Features

    • Once you complete the program and obtain an Instructional I or II Certification in Pennsylvania, you'll be eligible for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement
    • Drexel University is the first school to offer this endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • Program consists of four, three-credit courses and 15 hours of field placement per term

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    What Careers Can You Pursue with a Social, Emotional & Behavioral Wellness Certificate?

    The majority of those who pursue this certificate are likely to be teachers currently working in the classroom. This certificate provides the competencies needed to best provide for K-12 students who are part of a growing population of students who have been exposed to trauma. Educational administrators, or those who wish to become one, can also benefit from the certificate.

    What is the average salary of a Graduate with a Certificate in Social, Emotional Learning & Behavioral Wellness?

    Salaries vary based on location and exact job title, but here are some average salaries of educators working in this space:

    Job Title

    2017 Median Salary*

    Elementary School Teacher


    High School Teacher


    Middle School Teacher




    Special Education Teacher


    *Salary figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics

    For more information on teacher salaries and job prospects, visit Drexel’s teacher salary guide.

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    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses  
    EDEX 580 Social Emotional Wellness and Preventative Practices 3.0
    EDEX 581 Understanding Social Emotional Disorders 3.0
    EDEX 582 Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care 3.0
    EDEX 583 Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotional Wellness 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA) 
    • An Instructional I Certificate

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • A personal statement describing why you're interested in pursuing this program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1079 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1438 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2022-2023 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

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    Exams Begin

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    Fall 2022

    September 19, 2022

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    Summer 2023

    June 26, 2023

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    September 9, 2023


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