Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Wellness PK-12 Endorsement

The College of Education at Bloomsburg University is pleased to now offer a 12-credit endorsement program to undergraduate and graduate education students beginning Spring 2019. The purpose of this endorsement is to further prepare professional educators to build resiliency in students by facilitating social, emotional, and behavioral wellness in order to address non-academic barriers to learning.

What is an Endorsement?

According to PDE, “Following approval by the Department of Education, baccalaureate or graduate degree-granting institutions, alone or in cooperation with other institutions, community colleges or school entities, may offer short programs (12 credits maximum) that lead to the Program Endorsement. The Program Endorsement documents knowledge in new and emerging areas where formal certification does not exist. The Program Endorsement is intended to improve an educator’s skills in addressing complex classroom settings and challenges. These endorsements are added to existing Level I or Level II certificates but are not required to perform service in these areas.”

Fast Facts

  • 12-credit program that prepares professional educators to address non-academic barriers to learning
  • four courses (including one internship) grounded in theories of cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development and demonstrate research-based practices which enable candidates to gain knowledge and experience needed to work successfully with family members and the broader community in supporting social, emotional, and behavioral wellness of PK-12 students
  • prepares candidates to demonstrate competency related to the following targeted domains: I. Social Emotional Wellness Learning and Youth Development; II. Characteristics and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experience, Trauma, and Mental Illness on PK-12 Students; III. Behavioral and Mental Health Literacy; IV. Prevention and Intervention to Support Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness across PK-12 Educational Environments; and V. Collaboration with Families, Agencies, and the Community
  • intended for teacher candidates, in-service teachers, school counselors, and administrators who recognize the importance of supporting preK-12 students who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences
  • candidates earning this endorsement will be able to distinguish themselves among their peers as having competencies and direct experiences supporting this growing population of students

Who do I contact to find out more information and/or to enroll in the program?

Prospective Students: Dr. Maureen Walsh -

Current Undergraduate Students: Dr. Stephanie Gardner -

Graduate Students: Dr. Robin Drogan -