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How SEL and UDL Intersect

Apply the best practices of the SEL and UDL frameworks to improve student outcomes.

As education has evolved, it has become clear that in addition to academics, it is critical for students to learn 21st-century skills, like collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity to succeed in school and life. Our instruction must go beyond “teaching to the test” to empower students to excel. This requires us to integrate social-emotional instruction into our lessons every day.

Universal Design for Learning and Social-Emotional Learning create a powerful partnership in educating our youth. Yet, educators often feel like implementing too many initiatives at once can be overwhelming. There is a beautiful overlap between these two frameworks and this course explores how they complement each other to engage learners and focus on the whole child. When learners are self-aware and able to identify and regulate their emotions and can work well independently or with peers, they can tap into parts of their brain that may otherwise be shut off to learning.

Throughout this course, we will explore how to create an environment that fosters social, emotional, behavioral, and academic growth using both UDL and SEL in your classroom or learning environment.

At a Glance






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Course Objectives


Develop a deep understanding of the relationship between UDL and SEL.

Learn about the components of UDL & SEL and why social-emotional learning is vital for both students and teachers.


Understand how to create a safe environment for students where the whole child can thrive. Learn how to integrate SEL practices in your teaching content throughout the day.


Design and create lesson plans that remove barriers to academic and social-emotional learning.

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About Your Instructor

Lisa Bosio has been a passionate educator for over 20 years with one goal: to equip and empower teachers to invest in and impact the whole child, academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally. Lisa graduated from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo) and holds a multiple subjects credential with an English Authorization and an M.Ed in Teaching and Curriculum. Lisa has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, master teacher and district instructional coach. Currently, she is a full-time Induction Mentor, supporting and teaching new teachers in the Sylvan Union School District in California. Lisa is also a Consulting Partner with two universities, Western Governors University and Teachers College of San Joaquin in California, and designs coursework focused on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and social emotional learning. She is also an Adjunct Professor in a teacher preparatory program at the Teachers College of San Joaquin.


What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Each module begins with a short video to orient you to the topic and lesson. 
  • As you navigate through the UDL and SEL course, each module features key lessons accompanied by opportunities to dive deeper into the content by reviewing readings and resources. 
  • Following each lesson, you'll have the option to post to the discussion board,  interact with your classmates, and publicly reflect on your learning from the module. 
  • A final project, optional for all, a requirement for graduate credit.
  • Receive your completion certificate for 30 continuing education hours at the end of the course. 
  • For those taking the final project, upon successful completion, receive 15 continuing education hours and 3 graduate-level continuing education credits. 
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 


We recommend a 101 understanding of UDL or taking UDL Now! Introduction to Universal Design for Learning.

There are no required texts for this course.  All materials are linked freely within the modules. 


Pricing Options

Our standard and group pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding pricing or to request a purchase order, contact us.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate credits (3 continuing education credits) may be obtained through our university partners. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partners: University of Massachusetts Global and Teachers College of San Joaquin.