Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning

Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning

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Academic learning may be the explicit focus of higher education, but what professors say, the values expressed, the materials and activities chosen, and the skills prioritized all influence how students think, see themselves, interact with content and with others, and assert themselves in the world. While social and emotional learning (SEL) is most familiar as compartmentalized programs or specific interventions, the truth is, all learning is social and emotional.

This micro-credential makes the case for taking a deliberate approach to the “hidden curriculum” already being taught. SEL can be easily integrated into everyday content instruction and these materials will assist in the whys and the strategies for:

  • Fostering students’ social skills—including teamwork and sharing—and their ability to establish and repair relationships.
  • Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses.
  • Building students’ sense of identity and their belief in their ability to learn, overcome challenges, and influence the world around them.
  • Promoting the skills of cognitive regulation critical to decision making and problem solving.
  • Equipping students to becoming active and involved citizens.

Social and emotional skills are too important to be an add-on or an afterthought, too important to be left to chance. This micro-credential intends to empower every educator to help students develop skills that will serve them in the classroom and throughout their lives.

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