EPSE 565 J/EPSE 470 A: Social and Emotional Learning for Educators, Students, and School Communities

July 5 – July 22 (Monday to Thursday)  |  9:00 A.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Using seminal and newly published readings, this course will explore social and emotional learning and the role it plays in supporting the development of social and emotional competencies in educators, students, and school communities. Using a research-informed approach, the aim of this course is to enhance educators’ understanding and application of social and emotional competencies within educational contexts.

This class is intended to provide students with an opportunity to become acquainted with some of the theoretical and empirical literature on social and emotional learning and development as it supports the development of social and emotional competencies in educators, students, and school communities.

The student who successfully completes this course will gain two related sets of knowledge and skills:

  1. The student will become familiar with some of the literature in the area of social and emotional learning/development and be in a position to be an intelligent consumer of developmental/educational research (e.g., be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of particular pieces of research including how the research informs learners and learning communities).
  2. The student will be able to identify the factors which one must be cognizant of when planning preventions and interventions to promote social and emotional development.

John-Tyler Binfet

Dr. Binfet is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. He has two distinct research streams: 1) the investigation of kindness in school including how children, adolescents, and teachers understand what it means to be kind within a school context; and 2) the effects of canine-assisted interventions on undergraduate student well-being.

Dr. Binfet is the director of UBC’s Building Academic Retention through K9’s (B.A.R.K.) program. Founded in 2012, B.A.R.K. routinely sees 60+ therapy dogs brought to campus to support students’ stress reduction and overall well-being.

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 2021 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 2021 – Aug. 2021 .” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2021 – Dec. 2021”, 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 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.