SEL and Pre-Service Teacher Education in the United States and Canada

Currently underway is a research study to review social and emotional learning content in pre-service teacher education programs in the U.S. and Canada. This project is funded by CASEL and NoVo Foundation and is the first ever scan of its kind. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and Shelley Hymel of the University of British Columbia are leading the project, which is titled “Social and Emotional Learning in Teacher-Education,” or SEL-TEd.

The purpose of the study is to assess the degree to which SEL is incorporated into pre-service education programs in colleges of education and into teacher certification requirements at the state and province level.  A second objective is to develop a series of recommendations that can be used to advance the inclusion of SEL into pre-service teacher education.

The project team is gathering data through surveys, expert interviews, and other forms of documentation, including textbooks and online course descriptions. Eventually the project will produce case studies and describe model programs and promising programs.

Do you have examples of SEL in a teacher preparation program? If so, the project team wants to hear from you. You may not use the term “social and emotional learning,” but if your teacher preparation program incorporates content that prepares teachers to promote students’ social and emotional skills, develops teachers’ social and emotional competencies, or prepares teachers to create a safe and caring classroom and school climate, please contact the project team: Project Director Kimberly Schonert-Reichl or Project Coordinator Jenny Kitil.

You can learn more about the project at the SEL-TEd website.