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Skills-Based Physical Education/Social Emotional Learning Certificate

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

Program Description

Advance your skills in teaching physical education. The Physical Education/Social Emotional Learning (SEL) certificate coursework is based on SHAPE America's Grade Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education and the CASEL Social Emotional Competencies. If you have a Massachusetts initial license in physical education, you may also submit the credits earned in this program when applying for or renewing your Massachusetts professional license. All courses for this program are taught online.

What Is Social and Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) focuses 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.

Cambridge College Skills-Based Physical Education/Social Emotional Learning Program Highlights

Teaching physical education is about helping students to enjoy a lifetime of healthy physical activity. Designed to advance your knowledge and skills as an educator, this program offers several key benefits:

  • Online classes. The Physical Education/Social Emotional Learning certificate program at Cambridge College is offered entirely online, giving you maximum flexibility to work at a time and place that’s convenient for you.
  • Experienced faculty. Online classes at Cambridge College are highly collaborative, interactive learning experiences led by scholar practitioners who bring extensive research and professional experience to the program.
  • Exceptional value. Cambridge College is one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the nation, offering quality education at a low tuition rate.

Skills taught in social and emotional learning programs have been shown to have far-reaching benefits for children’s success in school, career, and life. Kindergarten students with stronger social and emotional skills are more likely to graduate from high school and college and have stable, full-time employment while being less likely to commit crimes or have drug, alcohol, and mental health problems. (Source: Committee for Children)

Skills-Based Physical Education/SEL Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will have greater competency teaching physical education and social and emotional learning. Skills gained include:

  • Knowledge and strategies to implement model-based instruction in physical education.
  • Using assessment data to inform performance-based assessment and instruction.
  • Designing quality physical education programming.
  • Implementing best practices such as standards-based assessments, curriculum including social emotional learning, and instruction.

Physical Education Jobs

Possible career pathways for graduates of this program include:

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Health Teacher
  • Social and Emotional Learning Specialist
  • Coach

Example Physical Education/Social Emotional Learning Certificate Courses

This program features four courses, each of which is delivered online:

  • Model-Based Instruction in Physical Education
  • Assessment in Physical/Social Emotional Education
  • Quality Programming in Physical/Social Emotional Education
  • Best Practices in Physical/Social Emotional Education

Download the Skills-Based Physical Education/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:


Strategies for Inclusion in Physical Education
EHE 718 3 credit(s)

The purpose of this course is to empower physical educators with the information and tools necessary for the successful inclusion of students with varying needs. In particular, this course focuses on students that may need modifications beyond typical planning. This course is intended to provide resources with practical applications and easily implemented planning and assessment strategies for physical educators, adapted physical educators, special education teachers, therapeutic recreation specialists and parents.

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.

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.

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.

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  • 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.



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

  • 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 Physical Education and Social and Emotional Learning