EDST 498W: Introduction to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators

July 25 – August 11 (Monday to Thursday*)  |  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Format: In-person

*During the week of August 1, the course will run from Tuesday, August 2 to Friday, August 5 to accommodate BC Day


In 1994, in an effort to reach the vulnerable or at-risk student population, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) was introduced in North America. Researchers from the University of British Columbia partnered with stakeholders to create CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) which was one of the largest studies of the long-term impacts of SEL and determined that effective SEL in schools significantly improved students’ social-emotional skills, attitudes about self and others, and social interactions which ultimately resulted in greater academic performance.

The course, “Introduction to Social Emotional Learning for Educators” defines SEL, its impact on student learning, and examines the integral role of the educator in elevating the emotional intelligence of students. Through in-depth analysis of the components of social emotional learning and how they relate to BC’s core competencies, participants will examine the role of the educator in creating a learning environment where students communicate freely, collaborate cooperatively, think critically, reflect on their learning and illustrate respect for cultural diversity, inclusivity and emotional wellbeing. Through self-reflection, participants will gain an understanding of their own emotional intelligence and learn how to embed the SEL competencies within their teaching to advance educational equity and excellence.

After this course, participants will

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of SEL in education
  • Identify and define the 5 SEL competencies
  • Understand the correlation between the SEL competencies and B.C.’s core competencies
  • Take a scholarly approach to critiquing the efficacy of an SEL program and gain experience with strategies to implement SEL in the elementary classroom
  • Create a strategic plan for implementation of SEL through authentic school-family and community partnerships
  • Reflect on their learning, perspectives, connections, and development of materials

Charlene Siddon

Charlene Siddon is an educator passionate about mental health and fostering student resiliency. Charlene obtained her B.Ed from the University of Victoria in 1999 and has over twenty years of experience teaching students from kindergarten through high school math and science, including enrichment and learning assistance in both public and private school systems. Motivated by the personal experiences of her students and the worsening mental health crisis, Charlene returned to university and completed her M. Ed in social emotional learning at UBCO in 2021.  For her capstone project, Charlene developed an evidence based strategic plan focussed on building capacity for mental wellbeing and resiliency in the elementary school setting. As a lifelong learner, Charlene regularly meets with educational leaders throughout North America to discuss current issues in education. She is especially interested in ensuring equity and excellence in education by supporting learning environments that respect cultural diversity, inclusivity and emotional wellbeing.

How to register

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May – Aug.” You will need to apply for “Sept. – Dec.”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education and list the course(s) and dates. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.