Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the UBC Teacher Education Program

SEL-class-RGB72Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is widely accepted as an essential component of education and in British Columbia is embedded in the revised British Columbia curriculum as one of the core competencies in the Personal and Social Competency strand.

UBC’s Social and Emotional Learning Cohort was initiated by Dr. Shelley Hymel and Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl for elementary teacher candidates to develop a deep understanding of embedding Social and Emotional Learning in their teaching. UBC is the first teacher education programme in North America with such a focus. The cohort has strong connections with SD 36 (Surrey) and SD 37 (Delta). Many graduates have obtained teaching positions in these districts and we value the partnership with school advisors and schools in which there is a focus on social and emotional learning.

SEL-sign-RGB72Teacher candidates in the SEL cohort take a regular course load and, in addition, examine issues and educational research in Social and Emotional Learning. They learn about embedding SEL in all areas of children’s development: academic, social, self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and social responsibility. With support from the Edith Lando Charitable foundation, students have the opportunity to attend several workshops including topics such as SEL Games, Co-operative Learning, Building Resiliency, and Neuroscience and SEL.
Recently we have added an additional school-based experience to the cohort. Teacher candidates take their Social Studies methods course and the first Inquiry course as a school-based experience, which provides the opportunity for team teaching in a setting at a different grade level to their practicum placement.

The SEL cohort is led by outstanding educators/administrators, Claire Rushton (VSB) and Roxanne Jones (Delta).