Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

Education Leadership & Counseling

First Advisor

Sherie Klee

Academic Year



Evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) is an effective way to help students regulate their emotions in the classroom. Research has shown that SEL can have a positive impact on student behavior, academic performance, and mental health. This project explores the benefits implementing SEL in the classroom. Through SEL, teachers can help students develop life skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. By teaching these skills, students are able to better regulate their emotions and handle stressful situations in a healthy and productive way. SEL also gives students the opportunity to practice problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills so they can work effectively with their peers and adults. Additionally, SEL can provide students with strategies to cope with difficult emotions such as anger, sadness, and anxiety. This can lead to improved emotional well-being and academic success. Ultimately, SEL can help create a positive learning environment where students feel safe, supported, and respected. This can be done through the implementation of evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculums, which teach children the skills and strategies needed to effectively express and manage their emotions. Additionally, it is important to create a classroom culture that encourages open communication between students and educators, as well as a sense of belonging. By building positive relationships, educators can create a supportive and nurturing learning environment, which can help children gain the skills and confidence needed to manage their social-emotional responses.

Available for download on Sunday, December 08, 2024