Education K-12 M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliot


In the last five years, schools have seen an increased need for social and emotional learning instruction geared toward adolescent students. Many teachers, staff members, and administrators have been encouraged to incorporate social and emotional learning into their daily routines and structures. The purpose of this thesis is to address the different research-based programming available for adolescents, the impacts, and where certain programming falls into the CASEL social emotional learning pillar framework. The research located for this literature review was located by limiting criteria to school-based programming that targeted the needs of adolescent learners. The results indicated that there are 25 research-based school programs that are geared toward adolescent students. Among these 25 programs: eight programs were found to be effective in fostering self-awareness and self-management, three programs were located that had impacts on social awareness and relationship skills, adolescence responsible decision-making had seven programs with outcomes in this area, and finally, there are seven programs that have impacts across multiple domains.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis