Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness PreK-12 Endorsement
Graduate Studies

Program Overview

This fully online, 10-credit endorsement will help educators acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand emotions and help PreK-12 students manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Tuition and Costs

The tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $535 per credit. This per-credit tuition rate for endorsement courses is offered at a 25 percent discount from the tuition for masters-level courses.

Learning Outcomes

As a candidate for this endorsement, you will develop your understanding and demonstrate competency related to the following areas:

  • Social and emotional wellness Learning and youth development
  • Characteristics and impact of adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and mental illness on PreK-12 students
  • Behavioral and mental health literacy
  • Prevention and intervention to support social, emotional and behavioral wellness across PreK-12 educational environment
  • Collaboration with families, agencies, and the community

You will also complete 45 hours of on-site clinical experiences closely integrated with coursework, assessment practices and program goals. 

Prerequisite

To be eligible for this Pennsylvania Department of Education endorsement, you must have either a Level 1 or Level 2 Certification. If you do not have Pennsylvania certification, you are eligible for a certificate from Immaculata University in social, emotional and behavioral wellness for PreK-12 students.

Admission Requirements

Please submit:

  1. A completed graduate application
  2. Official copy of undergraduate or graduate transcript with the degree granted.
  3. One reference form
  4. Copy of Level 1 or Level 2 Certification.

Mailed materials may be sent to:

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
Immaculata University
Loyola Hall # 229B
1145 King Road
Immaculata, PA 19345
Fax: 484-323-3904

Once the above items have been received by the Graduate Office, you will receive registration and payment information.

Course Preview

Prevention and Intervention for At-Risk Youth PK-12

This course provides classroom teachers with information about factors that contribute to risky behaviors with a focus on the ecology of children’s lives that includes the school, community and neighborhood environments that increase risk in PK-12. Family, school, and individual characteristics that provide a more prominent and direct influence on youth will be explored. Data on at-risk categories along with major treatment and prevention approaches are examined. Prevention strategies are presented that focus on family, school, peer groups, and the individual. (Required: 10 hours supervised or mentorship in the endorsement area).

Integrated Application of Wellness Education

Research shows that to be successful in adult life, students must master not only core academics (literacy, numeracy, etc.) but also social emotional skills and a mindset that embodies a good citizen (Bock, 2015). Socio-emotional functioning of students, a nonacademic component of schooling is inextricably intertwined with academic functioning. Immaculata University’s approved endorsement program in Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness PK-12 requires field experience of its students. This final course requires a culmination of 45 hours of field experience PK-12 (10 hours from each of the first 2 courses and 25 hours in integrated application of wellness with a portfolio of culminating supervisory or mentorship experiences.

Mental Health Literacy to Promote Positive Behaviors PK-12

This course seeks to inform teachers about the importance of mental health literacy in teaching students in PK-12. Mental Health issues include Substance Use and Abuse, STDs and Risky Behaviors, Youth Violence, Youth Suicide, Anxiety, Depression, Bullying, Child Abuse and Neglect, Coping with Emergencies and disasters, Attention Deficit (ADD/ADHD), Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia, and Affective Mood Disorders with goal toward understanding and compassionate care of youth engaged in these behaviors. (Required: 10 hours supervised or mentorship in the endorsement area).

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