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Skills-Based Physical Education/Social Emotional Learning Certificate

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

Program Description

All courses in this program are taught online.

Please Note: This program has not yet been approved for Financial Aid.

This Physical Education/Social Emotional Learning (SEL) certificate provides graduate course work based on SHAPE America's Grade Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education and the CASEL Social Emotional Competencies for educators to enhance their knowledge of physical education content and pedagogical skills.

Students with a Massachusetts initial license in Physical Education may submit the credits earned in this program when applying for or renewing their Massachusetts professional license.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes include increased competency in teaching physical/SEL education.


Model Based Instruction in Physical Education
EHE 710 3 credit(s)

This online course deepens knowledge and stategies to implement Model-Based Insturction in Physical Education. Students evaluate personal philosophies of teaching physical education, analyze their instructional practices, investigate assessment and implementation strategies, and survey best practice models of instruction including but not limited to: Direct and Indirect Instruction, Personalized System for Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Sport Education, Peer Teaching, Inquiry Teaching, Tactical Games, and Teaching for Personal and Social Responsibility.

Assessment in Physical-Social Emotional Education
EHE 706 3 credit(s)

Learn to gather data from pre/post assessments and use the ddata to inform performance based assessment and instruction. Candidates implement and interpret a variety of formative assessments and design standards-based instruction and summative performance assessments. These pedagogical practices contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning in physical/social emotional education. Assessments include a mini-lesson, power point, testing protocol, and a standards-based unit. The course is aligned with MA PSTs.

Quality Programming in Physical/Social Emotional Education
EHE 702 3 credit(s)

Opportunity to learn, meaningful content including social emotional learning, and appropriate instruction are the three components of a quality physical education program. With these components in place, students improve mental alertness, academic achievement, social emotional learning and enthusiasm for learning. Assessments include the design of a quality physical/social emotional education program that includes a self-study, action plan, curriculum analysis, program evaluation, and advocacy presentation. The course is aligned with MA PSTs.

Best Practices in Physical-Social Emotional Education
EHE 704 3 credit(s)

A key to successful quality physical/social emotional education programming is the implementation of best practices which include standards-based assessments, curriculum including social emotional learning, and instruction. Students use the National Standards for K-12 Physical Education and the Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines K-12, to identify and apply best practices. Assessments include class activities, a self-study, mini-lesson, literature review, and a standards-based unit. 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)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education


State Health Requirements

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.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and 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:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2018, 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

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