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"The MBSEL Micro-Credential Program offered me the resources to begin teaching the very first mindfulness class that high school students could take for credit in my area. I loved how it was self-paced and very doable to complete the program even with a full plate. I never felt overwhelmed and enjoyed learning from the instructors in each module. It gave me the confidence to teach mindfulness and social emotional skills to students for the first time in my school district!"

-Christy Land, Teacher in Delaware
Why Earn Your MBSEL Micro-Credential?

Whether you are just starting out on your journey, or are a certified mindfulness practitioner, our Mindfulness-Based Social-Emotional Learning (MBSEL) Micro-Credential offers unique ways to empower you and your confidence when leading an integrated approach to mindfulness and SEL in schools. It has a special way to "level up" your practice and inspires you to help transform education through mindfulness.  Our MBSEL Micro-Credential grounded in research, is CASEL aligned, and is the only one of its kind. COSEM's micro-credential is more than learning, it is an experience to deepen your mindfulness practices in education and in your life, while providing you with a credential to set you apart from others.


Who Is It For?

Anyone who is in the field of education who is looking to develop their confidence in creating, leading, and embodying mindfulness into their school, classroom, and life. Our instructors are from a wide range of experiences that span across grade levels, content areas, leadership, and environments. This allows our micro-credential to connect with each MBSEL student. 

How Is It Different Than a Certification Program?

A micro-credential is a form of recognition and a signal of competency with a specific skill or subject matter. COSEM created this micro-credential as a learning opportunity that is accessible for teachers and leaders. It offers quality learning but is not as commitment-intensive as a full yoga or mindfulness teacher certification. This program allows you to embody practices at your own pace. By the end, you feel confident developing and leading mindfulness-based SEL experiences, and have a credential to validate your learning, no matter your role in schools. Although it is not a certification or guarantee of teacher quality, we pride ourselves on our graduates and encourage ongoing practice beyond our micro-credential, and it may inspire you to become a certified practitioner in the future.

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Become confident leading mindfulness in your classroom and school through our MBSEL Micro-Credential.

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How Do I Get Started?

Complete our application form where you will choose the tiered option from the choices below that best matches your learning style and preference. Options range from independent study, MBSEL Mentoring Groups, and individualized MBSEL Coaching. 

Tiers 1 and 2: You can start at any time during the year and will receive an email within a few days of completing our application form that includes a payment link and everything you need to get started, including a link to access the video modules on our Member Site.

Tier 2: You can join any of the monthly MBSEL Mentoring Groups until you complete your micro-credential. There are 9 online sessions offered per school year. 

Tier 3: There are certain times throughout the school year to join this option based on coaching availability for individualized support. Within a few days of completing our application form, we will email you to confirm if you are able to start coaching sessions right away. If not, you can still get started with Tier 1 and 2 components of the program, and add coaching when availability opens up. Coaching must be scheduled with your specially-paired coach within the school year and expires one year from your starting date. 

For All Tiers:

Questions? Email 

Tier 1


Start Any Time

This option is for educators who prefer to learn through an independent self-study format.

What You Get: 

  • Access to 25 learning modules

  • Option to receive 30 PD Hours/ CEUs or pay an additional fee for 2 Graduate Credits.

($300) >> $270

Tier 2

Learning + Community

Start Any Time

This option is for educators who would like to learn alongside other educators and create a connected community for accountability. 

What You Get: 

  • Access to 25 learning modules.

  • Option to receive 30 PD Hours/ CEUs or pay an additional fee for 2 Graduate Credits.

  • Access to monthly (October-June) online MBSEL Mentoring Group Sessions. Access expires after micro-credential is earned.


Tier 3

Learning + Community + Individualized Support

Application Window Opening Soon, Limited Spots

This option is for educators who would like to have an accountability group and individualized support as you integrate MBSEL into your classroom and life. 

What You Get: 

  • Access to 25 learning modules.

  • Option to receive 30 PD Hours/ CEUs or pay an additional fee for 2 Graduate Credits.

  • Access to monthly (October-June) online MBSEL Mentoring Group Sessions. Access expires after micro-credential is earned.

  • Access to four, 60-minute one-to-one MBSEL Coaching sessions with an MBSEL instructor, MBSEL graduate, or COSEM Board Member (expires after one year).

  • Receive a digital download of our COSEM book.


What is MBSEL?

Mindfulness-Based SEL elevates and compliments any SEL practices currently in place within schools. MBSEL is when we take an inside-out approach with self-awareness and self-management through mindfulness and connect it to the explicitly taught social and emotional skills through SEL's outside-in instruction, aligned to CASEL's framework. The foundation to this way of teaching is what we call an "embodied way of teaching". Embodied teaching means that MBSEL is more than something you do or teach, it becomes WHO you are as a teacher or leader. This type of teaching and leading takes time, but has the biggest impact on your students, staff, education as a whole, and most importantly, you.

As a result, all members of your learning community have proactive ways to manage stress and anxiety, positive strategies for improving self-regulation, increased focus and attention, deeper compassion and understanding, and more. All of these benefits create the conditions for students to be ready to learn and increase their academic success at school while preparing them for life beyond the school walls.

Comprehensive MBSEL Learning Modules
Learning Modules are each about 15-20 minutes in length

1.  Introduction to Mindfulness-Based SEL (above) 

2. Research and Introductory MBSEL Practices

3. Build Adult MBSEL Capacity

4. Why Teacher Self Awareness Matters

5. Common Teacher Objections

6. Neuroscience and the Nervous System

7. Trauma Informed and Culturally Responsive MBSEL

8. Embodiment

9. Mindful Movement and Yoga

10. Developing Self-Awareness of Thoughts

11. Starting a Formal Meditation Practice

12 Emotional Intelligence and Self-Regulation

13. Mindful Check-Ins and Mindful Spaces

14. Self-Awareness and Regulation Through Mindful Breathing

15. Stress Prevention and Intervention 

16. Cultivating Social Awareness and Inclusion

17. Global Awareness and Interconnectedness

18. Healthy Relationships and Communication

19. Compassion for Self and Others 

20. Resilience, Self-Care and Mindfulness

21. Mindfulness as an Equity Tool

22. SEL Skills for Equity and Inclusion

23. Implementation Process and Planning

24. Creating Conditions for Successful Structures 

25. Mindful Leadership


Meet Our MBSEL Instructors


Neuroscience and the Nervous System, Equity Based, Trauma Informed and Culturally Responsive MBSEL, Developing Self-Awareness of Thoughts,  Starting a Formal Meditation Practice

Khayree Bey (he/him), BBSc, M.Ed. 2021 Colonial School District Teacher of the Year, 2020 Lt. Governor’s Challenge Wellness Leadership Award, 2019 SHAPE Delaware’s Health Teacher of the Year and serves on Delaware’s Professional Standards Board. Khayree currently co-facilitates the Delaware COSEM Chapter and teaches a MBSR Health class to 6th, 7th 8th graders at McCullough Middle School. He implements an equity-based, trauma/poverty-informed, culturally responsive approach to educating students, community, and Delaware educators in the art of MBSEL, Kemetic yoga (200YTT), and other self-care practices. He also serves on numerous district and state Anti-Racism, DEI, and SEL committees. 

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Embodiment, Mindful Movement and Yoga, Emotional Intelligence and Self-Regulation. Mindful Check-Ins and Mindful Spaces

Athea Davis is the Director of Social Emotional Learning at Étoile Academy Charter School, a mindfulness educator, creator + host of the podcast, Mindful Living with Athea Davis, and author of Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce: Daily Meditations for Youth, Parents, and Families. Join her conversations about the intersections of philosophy, mindfulness, neuroscience, SEL, psychology, and education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership, is a Texas Certified Educator, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), and a Children’s Registered Yoga Teacher.

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Why Teacher Self Awareness Matters, Common Teacher Objections, Self-Awareness and

Regulation Through Mindful Breathing, Stress Prevention and  Intervention

Matthew Dewar, Ed.D., is a COSEM Past President, a professional educator, MBSEL specialist, high school well-being coordinator, speaker, and author researching and applying the science of mindfulness and emotion regulation. For fifteen years, he explored the impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and emotion regulation protocols on learning, professional development, and leadership in schools. More recently, he has focused on the impact of breathing behavior analysis and heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback on emotion regulation and elite performance.

Dr. Dewar is also the founder of Matt Dewar, LLC, and the creator of the Stress Better™ Framework, which he has shared with collegiate and professional athletes, Fortune 500 executives, colleges and universities, first responders and military personnel. Dr. Dewar authored Education and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry and The Mindful Breathing Workbook for Teens: Simple Practices to Help You Manage Stress and Feel Better Nows and has been featured on TEDx, NPR, Thrive Global, the National Wellness Institute, and many podcasts.

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Intro to Mindfulness-Based SEL, Research & Introductory MBSEL Practices, Building Adult MBSEL Capacity, Implementation Process & Planning, Creating Conditions for Successful Structures

Lindsey Frank, M.Ed., is our 2022-2025 COSEM President. She is a changemaker who discovers creative and accessible ways to share the gift of mindfulness. Lindsey has infused mindfulness-based SEL into classrooms and homes through her children’s books and coaching. She supports education professionals to develop courageous and confident heart-centered lives within and beyond the classroom through her company, The Butterfly Within, LLC. She has been in education for over 13 years teaching children of all ages and supporting educators through roles ranging from a districtwide climate & SEL coach, special educator, teacher, and interventionist. Her master’s degree is in Educational Leadership and has earned her ELL Endorsement. She is a certified SEL facilitator and yoga instructor through Breathe for Change, a certified children’s yoga teacher, has learned techniques through Mindful Schools, earned a trauma-informed yoga specialty, is a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, is earning her integrative transformational coaching accreditation, and continues her self-development journey every moment. 



Social Awareness and Inclusion, Global Awareness and Interconnectedness, Healthy Relationships and Communication, Compassion for Self and Others

Gina G. Harris (she/her), MBA, MAT, is an educator, restorative justice practices facilitator and trainer, and the founder of the Unity Dialogues, a circle process where students and adults learn from each other and grow from authentic, open dialogue about race and unity development. She is a Culture and Climate Coach in the Oak Park and Ridge Forest School District in IL. Gina chairs the Illinois Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Committee, where she has implemented statewide measures to ensure and promote diverse involvement of educators in leadership. She is also a member of the National Education Association's board of directors, where she co-created and leads the training for the board on institutionalized racism, the school-to-prison pipeline, and implicit bias.

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Introduction to Mindfulness-Based SEL; Resilience, Self-Care and Mindfulness; Mindfulness as an Equity Tool; SEL Skills for Equity and Inclusion; and Mindful Leadership

Tovi Scruggs-Hussein is a leader of leaders and award-winning urban educator with almost 30 years of leadership and transformation experience. She is internationally recognized for her signature approach of moving from Leadership Do-ing to Leadership BE-ing and Emotionally Intelligent Equity & Inclusion. Tovi has been recognized by Mindful Magazine as one of the Powerful Women Leaders of 2021 who are igniting the world with courage and wisdom. She walks her talk of courageous leadership being cultivated by meditation, resilience, and self-mastery, having had a daily meditation practice for almost 30 years, and also sitting four week-long silent retreats. Tovi is on a mission to heal our leaders and organizations through SELf-Transformation for School & Systemic Transformation. She is the co-founder of ACSA’s Equity Leaders Academy, co-founding professor of Trauma-Responsive Leadership with an Equity Lens, and served as the national president for Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully. Tovi is a certified coach and has been personally trained by Brené Brown as a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator to train others in courageous leadership with a lens of inclusion and belonging. Yet, the very best leadership training she ever received has been the 17 years she spent as a high school principal. Tovi cultivates conscious, connected, and courageous leaders world-wide.

MBSEL Micro-Credential Requirements

Read Our Supporting Document for All of the Details


Estimated Time Investment:

Six months based on your preferred learning approach and mindfulness/meditation experience.

Learning Tasks:

  1. View the video modules.

  2. Read COSEM's book, Educating Mindfully: Stories of School Transformation Through Mindfulness.

  3. Research different MBSEL curriculum resources to develop your own approach.

    • NOTE: No specific curriculum is provided, we want you to be empowered to create experiences for your students.

  4. Create, plan, and teach six sequentially progressive 15-minute MBSEL lessons.

    • NOTE: Must be with a group of two or more students (students can range from pre-K through college). If you are not currently in a classroom role, we can work with you to determine an alternative teaching option. ​

  5. Engage in an ongoing personal mindfulness practice over the span of 6 months (estimated 40 hours).

    • Supportive meditation and mindfulness videos are available on our Member Site.​​

    • If you already have a personal practice established prior to starting your micro-credential, you may count your past practice.

  6. Develop an implementation plan for "educating mindfully" in your classroom (or in your role at your organization), and/or for expanding beyond your classroom/role to school-wide, district-wide, or community.  

  7. Submit accompanying artifacts.

Accompanying Artifacts: 

  • Written Analysis and Reflection via one Google Doc

    • Page 1 - Reflect on your personal practice and your understanding of mindfulness qualities.

    • Page 2 - Share your takeaways and understandings from reading the book.

    • Page 3 - Share goals of your student group and brief descriptions of your lessons; analyze each lesson facilitation and share what you learned, student feedback, reflections, etc.

    • Page 4- Share your "educating mindfully" implementation plan using a provided template.

  • Video Lesson via one YouTube video

    • Record 15 minutes of one of the lessons that you teach to your student group.

Submitting Your Artifacts: 

  • The review process typically takes 2-4 weeks.

  • Complete this submission form when all of your artifacts are ready for review.

    • ​Share one Google Doc link containing all 4 pages (and not more than 4 pages).

    • Share one YouTube link for the video lesson.

  • Artifacts will be reviewed by an educator/leader experienced in MBSEL instruction in schools. They will use assessment rubrics to determine if the micro-credential is earned.

  • Assessment rubrics and information. 

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