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Emotions, Behaviors and Mental Health in Schools Certificate

Emotions, Behaviors and Mental Health in Schools Certificate

The Emotions, Behaviors and Mental Health in Schools certificate was developed to address the needs of school professionals working with students who have emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. This nine credit hour certificate will provide professionals with an understanding of why challenging behaviors often occur. It will equip them with the specialized skills they need to effectively support the academic and social emotional needs of students in their classrooms.

Certificate Structure

Each course stands alone; you may want to take one class or all three. The certificate consists of three courses, totaling nine credit hours, and may be earned in one year. Courses may be taken in any order.   

Certificate Format

All courses will be offered in a hybrid format. Students will complete the majority of the coursework online with three face-to-face meetings each semester.


All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition is $373/credit, plus student fees.​​

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Courses Term Offered
SPED 5210: Foundations for Understanding Behavior
This course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of behaviors commonly witnessed in the classroom. It will provide strategies for assessment and guidance on legal processes that guide the development of individualized education and behavior plans. Historical background of the field, current issues, specific behavior disorders, risk factors, and curriculum options will be explored.
SPED 5211: Behavior Interventions for Student Success
This course is designed to provide an understanding of effective strategies for preventing, managing and influencing behaviors in the classroom setting. Specific approaches to classroom management and behavior intervention for the purposes of preventing, responding and intervening with behaviors are highlighted. This course will explore evidence based practices for decreasing behaviors which can interfere with learning while simultaneously creating safe and supportive environments for social and emotional growth.
SPED 5212: Instructional Strategies: Motivation, Engagement, and Executive Functioning
This course is designed to provide students with strategies to improve instructional practices, and thus student success. Students will explore evidence-based practices and effective teaching strategies that increase student engagement and support the development of executive functioning skills. This course will help identify areas for improvement of current teaching practices and guide students in finding practical and strategic tools to implement immediately. Students will learn that by increasing motivation through intentional planning and innovative teaching practices, they can significantly decrease behaviors that often disrupt the learning environment and distract from content delivery.

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