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Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning Certificate

  • Credits:
    (2 or more terms)
  • Degree:
    Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning (SEL) certificate is designed to help educators enhance their knowledge of health content and develop their teaching skills. Coursework is based on the National Health Education Standards and the CASEL Social Emotional Competencies. All classes for this program are delivered online.

What Is Skills-Based Health and Social-Emotional Learning?

Skills-based health and social and emotional learning are both approaches to health education that focus on helping students to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors that contribute to overall personal wellbeing. This includes self-awareness, self-management (such as goal setting and impulse control), social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

Health/Family and Consumer Sciences Initial Licensure

Students with a Massachusetts initial license in Health/Family and Consumer Science may submit the credits earned in this program when applying for or renewing their Massachusetts professional license.

Cambridge College Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning Program Highlights

Take the next step in your education and prepare for new job opportunities in health education. The Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning certificate program at Cambridge College offers:

  • Fully online curriculum. All classes for this program are taught online, allowing you to work from anywhere you have a computer, on a schedule that fits your life.
  • Experienced faculty. Online classes at Cambridge College are highly collaborative, interactive learning experiences led by scholar practitioners who bring extensive research and real-world health education experience to the coursework.
  • Exceptional value. As one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States, Cambridge College enables you to save on tuition and get greater value out of your education.

According to research, skills taught in social and emotional learning curricula have wide-ranging benefits for children’s success in school, career, and life. For example, kindergarteners with stronger social and emotional skills are more likely to graduate from high school and college and have stable, full-time employment. They are also less likely to commit crimes or have drug, alcohol, and mental health problems. (Source: Committee for Children)

Skills-Based Health/SEL Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for this program include increased competency in teaching skills-based health and social and emotional learning. Potential topics you can explore include teaching human sexuality, how to respond to and prevent violence in schools, and how to create culturally relevant curricula by understanding cultural identity and examining racial, sexual, and gender identity models.

Jobs in Health Education and Social and Emotional Learning

Possible career pathways for graduates of this program include:

  • Social and Emotional Learning Specialist
  • Community Health Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Student Support Specialist
  • School Health Educator
  • Health Counselor

Example Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning Certificate Courses

This online program gives you the opportunity to choose from a selection of courses to tailor a course of study specific to your interests and professional goals. Course options include:

  • Health-Social Emotional Education for the Language-Diverse Classroom
  • Assessing Health-Social Emotional Literacy
  • Cultural Proficiency in Health-Social Emotional Education Classroom

Download the Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning program sheet.

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring degree options, you might be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:



Choose 4 courses, 12 credits

Current Research on the Interrelationship of Risk Factors
EHE 701 3 credit(s)
TThis course examines youth risk behaviors and protective factors. Students analyze societal, psychological, family, and environmental influences on behavior as well as the inter-relationship between depression, tobacco use, drug and alcohol use, violent behavior and sexual activity. Students investigate strategies that build health/social emotional skills and identify support services available in the school and community. The course is aligned with MA PSTs.
New Perspectives in Teaching Human Sexuality
EHE 703 3 credit(s)
Students investigate trends in comprehensive sexuality education such as: cultural and religious attitudes, gender identity, homophobia, strategies for building support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, and building acceptance and involvement of diverse family structures. Social emotional learning is integrated throughout the course. Assessments include a parent education project, skills-based health/social emotional sexuality lesson, examination of attitudes about teaching sexuality, and skills for supporting LGBT students. The course is aligned with MA PSTs.
Promoting Health-Social Emotional Wellness in Media-Saturated Society
EHE 705 3 credit(s)
Analyze how media influence youth decisions regarding alcohol and other drugs, injury, violence, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, and risky sexual behaviors. Learn to decrease these risk factors by implementing content and health/social emotional skills. Assessments include class activities, a literature review, investigative reporting, data analysis, a mini-lesson presentation, a reflective paper. The course is aligned with MA PSTs.
Assessing Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Literacy
EHE 713 3 credit(s)
To assess health/social emotional literacy, students design and implement skills-based health/social emotional curriculum. Through backwards design, students access and analyze youth risk behavior data, select standards to decrease the risk, then design assessment and skills-based health/social emotional instruction. Assessments include the design and implementation of formative assessments, including how to give effective feedback, and the design of summative performance assessments including criteria referenced rubrics. The course is aligned with MA PSTs.
Health-Social Emotional Education for the Culturally and Language-Diverse Classroom
EHE 716 3 credit(s)
Examine a range of languages and cultures in the health classroom and how they impact student learning. Students gain the knowledge and skill to develop language and culturally relevant skills-based health/SEL instruction by examining best practices for English learners and racial, sexual, and gender identity models for students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Assessments include a mini lesson, analysis of best practices, cultural proficiency assessment, and a key assessment. The course is aligned with MA PSTs.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.


School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,652 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2021, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

Take the Next Step Toward Your Certificate in Skills-Based Health and Social and Emotional Learning