ELOF and SEL Basics: Fundamentals

On-Demand • Online • 15 PD Hours

Support the development of critical skills in young children and gain social and emotional learning resources you can use every day.

In this course, you will learn how young children approach learning using social emotional skills, and how you as an educator can support their development of self-regulation, paying attention, and persisting through small frustrations. You will apply this knowledge using a wealth of resources to support children and nurture the development of these vital social and emotional skills.

This course includes exercises from the research-based Harmony SEL curriculum so you can apply the learning. Harmony provides a variety of methods and tools that are fun, easy to use, and bring joy to your instructional practice!

  • Course Level: Beginner
  • Requirements/Prerequisites: This course is part of the SEL Credential.
  • Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Support Services
  • Course Meeting Times: None
  • Completion Timeline/Duration: Three months
  • Head Start Alignment: This course supports programs in meeting 1302.31 Teaching and the learning environment of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) in which a program must “promote healthy development and children’s skill growth aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF): Ages Birth to Five, including for children with disabilities.” It aligns with the ELOF Approaches to Learning domain and supports goals for the following sub-domains: Emotional and Behavioral Regulation and Cognitive Regulation.

Module Topics:

  1. Strategies for Regulating our OWN Emotions
  2. Emotional and Behavioral Regulation in Infants and Toddlers
  3. Emotional and Behavioral Regulation in Preschoolers
  4. Strategies for Regulating Our OWN Cognition
  5. Cognitive Regulation in Infants and Toddlers: Persistence
  6. Cognitive Regulation in Preschoolers: Controlling Impulses

Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain a thorough understanding of the ELOF Approaches to Learning sub-domains Emotional and Behavioral Self-Regulation, and Cognitive Self-Regulation (Executive Functioning).
  • Use new tools developed by Harmony SEL to apply your learning in the classroom, and support children's development in these sub-domains.
  • Reflect on and deepen your understanding of your own regulatory skills.
  • Explore how to overcome biases and challenging behaviors that may inhibit your ability to teach all children equitably.

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Online, Self-Paced Content
Live Coaching from Facilitator
Access to a National Cohort of Peers

15 Hours of Course Material

3 Months of Access to Course

Video Content
Discussion Forums
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Certificate of Completion with PD Hours
24/7 Access to Transcript




Harmony is a CASEL SELect program that develops key social and emotional competencies in the classroom, at home, or in out-of-school programs. Harmony fosters knowledge, skills, and attitudes that Pre-K-6 grade students need to develop healthy identities, create meaningful relationships, and engage productively by providing SEL learning resources, tools, and strategies.

Course Author

Rachel Hutchison

Rachel Hutchison

Rachel Hutchison is the Manager of Online Instructional Design at the National Head Start Association (NHSA). In this role she oversees the design and management of 100+ online courses for the Academy at NHSA. In 2021, Hutchison launched NHSA in the Classroom, an initiative that aims to increase access to world-class arts and educational resources through virtual programming. Rachel earned her bachelors in writing and communication at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and her masters in creative writing at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Rachel grew up in Havre, Montana and enjoys puppetry, music, and hiking.