Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


Teachers in todays society have shifted from placing significance only in academic successes to placing focus and importance on the role that social and emotional learning plays into all facets of learning and citizenship. Research throughout this paper will reveal that student success, academically and elsewhere, is directly tied to student growth in social-emotional learning and that physical education is a natural environment where SEL curriculum can be implemented successfully. School-wide implemented social and emotional learning programs have shown to increase students' ability to identify, manage, and appropriately express themselves in a variety of social settings that allows them to positively impact their mental and emotional well-being. Along with social benefits, this paper will show that SEL curriculum implementation greatly increases students' academic successes in the classroom. Although school-wide implementation is ideal, this papers application portion focuses on how physical education is the ideal environment for blending social-emotional learning into existing lessons and units because of the natural need in physical education to interact frequently and appropriately with peers to achieve learning goals.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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