Concentration in Social and Emotional Learning and Development (SELD)

Program Requirements: Master of Education or Master of Arts

Social and Emotional Learning and Development (SELD) is the process of acquiring the competencies to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively. In short, SELD competencies comprise the foundational skills for positive health practices and interpersonal relationships, engaged citizenship, and school success. SELD is sometimes called “the missing piece,” because it represents a part of education that is inextricably linked to school success, but has not been explicitly stated or given much attention until recently. SELD emphasizes active learning approaches in which skills can be generalized across curriculum areas and contexts when opportunities are provided to practice the skills that foster positive attitudes, behaviours, and thinking processes.

We have created a SELD concentration option in the HDLC M.A. and M.Ed. programs for students with an interest in learning more about theories, research, and practice in the area of Social and Emotional Learning and Development. This concentration will be offered in the HDLC Master’s programs or as a “sub-specialization” for graduate students from other programs at UBC (e.g., Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Human Kinetics) who have an interest in developing a greater understanding of SELD.

HDLC M.Ed.


Note: Students with no course in research methods prior to starting the M.Ed. will be required to take EPSE 481 (3) Introduction to Research in Education as one of their electives, and ideally this should be taken early in their program.

EPSE 481 (3) Introduction to Research in Education

HDLC Content Requirements (9 credits):

EPSE 501 (3) Seminar in Human Development, Learning, and Culture
EPSE 503 (3) Cultural Perspectives on Learning, Development, and Media
EPSE 505 (3) Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood

HDLC Concentration Requirements (12 credits):

EPSE 585 (3) Social and Emotional Development in Education
EPSE 561H (3) Practicum in Social and Emotional Learning
EPSE 535 (3) Social and Emotional Assessment in Schools
EPSE 591 (3) Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation
Electives (6 credits) Choose 6 credits from the courses listed below, or appropriate electives in consultation with, and approved by, your advisor.
EPSE 502 (3) Cognition, Language and Literacy Processes in Education
EPSE 584 (3) Motivation in Education
EPSE 511 (3) Special topics in Human Development in Education

Graduating Seminar (3 credits)

EPSE 590 (3) Graduating Seminar

These are the minimum requirements for the Master's of Education. Students are strongly encouraged to take additional relevant courses selected in consultation with, and approved by, their advisor.

Students completing a Masters of Education in Human Development, Learning, & Culture must complete EPSE 590: The Graduating Seminar at the end of their program. Students must complete 24 credits of coursework before taking the course, and they must register for the course through their graduating advisor. The course is offered twice each year: during Winter 2 and Summer 2.

HDLC M.A.


Program Prerequisites

For students who have not had equivalent course work prior to starting the M.A.

EPSE 481 (3) Introduction to Research in Education
EPSE 482 (3) Introduction to Statistics for Research in Education

HDLC Content Requirements (9 credits):

EPSE 501 (3) Seminar in Human Development, Learning, and Culture
EPSE 503 (3) Cultural Perspectives on Learning, Development and Media
EPSE 505 (3) Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood

HDLC Concentration Requirements (12 credits):

EPSE 585 (3) Social and Emotional Development in Education
EPSE 561H (3) Practicum in Social and Emotional Learning
EPSE 535 (3) Social and Emotional Assessment in Schools
EPSE 591 (3) Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation

HDLC Methodology Requirements (6 credits)

EPSE 595 (3) Qualitative Methodologies in Educational Psychology and Special Education
EPSE 592 (3)
OR
EPSE 596 (3)
Experimental Design and Analysis in Educational ResearchCorrelational Design and Analysis in Educational Research

Thesis Requirements (6 credits)

EPSE 599 (6) Master’s Thesis