Free Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Professional Development

The best teachers are lifelong learners.

With talk of social-emotional learning (SEL) dominating the education landscape, teachers need to acquire SEL knowledge and skills.

Here are 4 places where you can get SEL professional development for FREE!

1. Coursera

The Teacher and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialization is offered by the University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera. This is a series of 5 courses on SEL for teachers, students, and schools.

The readings and videos are available for free, but you will need to upgrade to Coursera Plus to have access to the quizzes and discussion prompts. For those who want the certificate, $49/month is not a large amount to pay!

If you only have time to do one course, I would recommend starting with SEL for Students, as you will learn about the field of SEL and the origins of the CASEL framework.


The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) has created a two-part course: SEL for Schools, which is a combination of SEL for Teachers and SEL for Classrooms.

You can sign up on Framerspace and enrol in the SEL for Schools course. Choose the self-directed option.

Note: If the system does not generate a unique ID for you on your first attempt, try signing up without inputting your email address. There will be an opportunity for you to add your email address after that.

3. Friday Institute

The Friday Institute has a course on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators, which consists of 6 short, independent modules on SEL and the CASEL 5.

The bite-sized modules are aligned to the CASEL framework. The slightly annoying thing is that you need to complete an Enrolment Survey and an End-of-Course Survey for each module.

4. YouTube

Good ol’ YouTube! Here are my top choices for YouTube channels that provide valuable SEL professional development:

So those are my recommended websites for SEL professional development!

If you would like to add anything to this list, please comment below or email me at!

About the author

Alicia is an educator hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is passionate about good grammar, well-being, and social justice. She writes about education, social-emotional learning (SEL), and mental health topics as a way of channeling her lifelong learning endeavours.


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