Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Mindfulness Studies

First Advisor

Melissa Jean

Second Advisor

Andrew Olendzki


In a time when more and more children are being diagnosed with mental health disorders and many teachers are leaving the field of education, there is a movement for social and emotional wellness in education. Policy makers and school administrations are acknowledging the need for social emotional learning but are challenged with the logistics of implementing the learning. In addition, the teachers do not feel that they are equipped to implement and teach social and emotional learning in their classrooms. This creative thesis course addresses this need. The course will help prepare preservice teachers to create a socially and emotionally healthy learning environment as well as preparing them to cultivate CASEL’s five SEL competencies in themselves and their students.

The course includes understanding mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions and how they support the cultivation of CASEL’s five SEL competencies. It begins with personal cultivation and moves toward strategies for cultivation in future students. This course is the missing link between theory and application.

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