Program Overview

Choose Excellence with a Graduate Certificate in Classroom Mental Health 

The Graduate Certificate in Classroom Mental Health at William James College is a 3-semester, 15-credit program, designed to train teachers to better understand and address the behavioral health needs of their students. This program supports teachers in building inclusive and equitable learning environments. Courses focus on key issues in psychology, transformative SEL, and DEI.  There is a strong emphasis on creating a collaborative learning environment where teachers feel supported to focus on taking risks and trying new approaches. Drawing from organizational psychology, a key feature of the program is that leadership training will be incorporated to guide teachers in supporting each other and transforming the school environment to create systemic change.

The program format is blended, combining days in residence with both synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning. Each semester-long course will require approximately 4-5 hours of commitment each week. The year-long practicum course offers opportunities to be in conversation with colleagues, to gain a deeper understanding of the context, and to practice tools they can use in their daily practice.

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Choose Real-World Learning with Experiential Education

At William James College, we believe that field work is a transformational part of your educational experience. As a graduate certificate student, you will participate in a year-long practicum course, which will provide you with opportunities to be in conversation with colleagues, to gain a deeper understanding of the context, and to practice tools you can use daily in your own classroom.

Choose Impact with a Commitment to Social Responsibility

Our Graduate Certificate program is rooted in social justice, respect for diversity, and a multicultural perspective. This approach is woven through our entire curriculum and training model.

Choose Community Connectivity, Support and Student Life

The William James College community is supportive and connected. Our Dean of Students Office offers regular programming, in person and online, for all students, and oversees our Academic Resource Center. Student leadership and student groups create more opportunities for engagement, and we are proud to be home to the William James College Black Mental Health Graduate Academy, a community for Black students enrolled in our doctoral and master’s degree programs, that provides mentorship and networking opportunities.

Choose Mentorship and Personal Growth

As a student, you will engage with faculty through education, research, mentorship, and training. All students work with an advisor to discuss personal and professional development and career goals.


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