An Analysis of the Second Step Early Learning Program
Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Science in Special Education
Social Emotional, Early Childhood, Curriculum, Preschool
This paper aims to analyze the Second Step Early Learning (SSEL) Program and its effectiveness in preschool classrooms. First, a literature review is conducted to determine what characteristics make up an effective social-emotional curriculum. Then, a 6-week intervention took place in a preschool classroom where two target students with social-emotional needs took part in the SSEL program. The goal was to determine whether or not the target students would benefit from a social-emotional learning program while only attending preschool two half days per week. The Teaching Strategies GOLD (TSG) assessment tool and informal observations were used to determine its effectiveness. Findings suggest that while many typically developing students benefited from the SSEL program, students with social-emotional needs may benefit from more intensive interventions. Strategies such as visual cues, visual supports for communication and direct instruction were used to supplement the curriculum. While both target students showed improvements in social-emotional development, only one of the target students showed improvement on the TSG assessment tool.
Wuollet, Kelly, "An Analysis of the Second Step Early Learning Program" (2020). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 433.