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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)
Students examine the data and research that demonstrates the relationship between youth risk behaviors and personal health, and research strategies to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors. Assessments include an analysis of positive and negative influences on behavior, the interrelationships between risk factors and health, and the identification of school and community support services. The key assessment is a skills-based health/SEL unit to reduce a specific risk factor.
New Perspectives in Teaching Human Sexuality
EHE 703 3 credit(s)
Students examine trends in sexuality education programming from abstinence-only curricula to comprehensive sexuality education based on the National Sexuality Education Standards. Discover methodologies to teach skills and topics relevant to today’s youth. Assessments include a skills-based health/social emotional sexuality lesson, examination of attitudes about teaching sexuality, and skills for supporting LGBTQ+ students. The key assessment is the development of a parent education program.
Promoting Health-Social Emotional Wellness in Media-Saturated Society
EHE 705 3 credit(s)
Analyze how the media influences 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, and a reflective paper. The key assessment is a skills-based health/SEL unit.
Assessing Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Literacy
EHE 713 3 credit(s)
To assess health literacy, students use backwards design, access and analyze youth risk behavior and other 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 key assessment is a skills-based health/SEL unit that includes lesson plans.
Teaching Health Education in an Equitable and Inclusive Classroom
EHE 716 3 credit(s)
Examine equitable and inclusive best practices, National Health Education Standards, and CASEL competencies to design skills-based health/SEL instruction that meets the needs of all students. Assessments include classwork, researching equitable and inclusive best practices and how they translate into skills-based instruction, readings and discussions, and a reflective paper. The key assessment is a unit plan that includes lesson plans.

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 ($100 for international students)

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

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 

Please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more about transferring credits.



  • Credits:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,940 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)
  • Internship/Practicum Fee:

Note: Rates are as of July, 2022, 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