Kylie McClain

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Audrey Farrugia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Second Advisor

David Winters, Ph.D., CSD

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


In recent years, Social and Emotional Learning has become an important addition to the United States’ education system. Social and Emotional Learning, commonly abbreviated as SEL, addresses emotional intelligence skills and social standards to teach students how to recognize and manage their own feelings as participate in their social sphere. Many educators in the country incorporate SEL instruction in their classrooms every day. This senior project consists of research regarding what SEL is, how it benefits students, why it is specifically important for students receiving special education services, and researched best practices to implement instruction. The research portion is then accompanied by a set of five lesson plans that address all five of the SEL competencies as well as a pre- and post- assessment to measure student growth and achievement. The five lessons already include modifications, but can be adapted even further for students with greater needs. This lesson sequence was created with a 3-5th grade Mild Cognitive Impairment class in mind. However, it can be used in classes of other ages and abilities.