Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Caitlin Johnson


Social emotional learning, social emotional competencies, high school social emotional learning, student mental health, social emotional learning curriculum


In recent years, education has been especially concerned with the rise in student mental health concerns. Issues such as low academic achievement, disturbing behaviors, conflicts amongst students, low self-esteem, and lack of social and emotional support amongst other concerns, have led to the notion that social emotional learning (SEL) needs to be incorporated into students’ education in order to combat some of the serious issues students are facing while trying to navigate their education. This study makes the claim that SEL can be easily incorporated into the everyday curriculum already used by educators no matter their background in SEL and by doing so they will effectively increase students’ social emotional competencies, leading to a positive effect on student mental health and the behaviors that result when students have not been exposed to social emotional learning. Evidence presented in the study suggests a positive correlation between a social emotional learning integrated curriculum and an increase in students’ social emotional competencies.



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