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How to Complete Your Masters Degree in One Year

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It is challenging but – thanks to our FlexPace model – possible to complete your Masters degree in one year through our graduate program in social and emotional learning with a badge certificate in bullying prevention.

For the highly motivated, here is how to complete your degree in one year at your own pace.

Pacing of Courses

Most of our students are teachers, and they can complete a course in a minimum of three weeks during the school year and two weeks during the summer. Completion of our degree requires 11 classes. Choose from eleven of the courses from the thirteen that we offer.

Courses are offered at FlexPace. Class is in session when you are. Ready. Click. Learn. Start when you like. Take a break when you like. Go back when you need to. As long as you finish the class within the three weeks through three months timeline, the pace is set by you.

Reasonable Tuition

Our tuition is less than $299/credit. Each three-credit graduate course has a tuition rate of $895, and there are no hidden fees.

Sample Student Schedule – students choose the sequence of their courses

Month #1: Apply and be accepted.

Month #2: Take and complete Bullying Prevention in Schools

Month #3: Take and complete Bystanders and Bullying Prevention

Month #4: Take and complete Bullying and Social Networking

Month #5: Take and complete Diversity in Schools

Month #6: Take and complete The LGBT Inclusive School

If you have completed all five courses with a B or higher, earn your badge certificate in Bullying Prevention, Diversity, and Inclusion

Month #7: Take and complete Preventing School Crises

Month #8: Take and complete Integrating Technology

Month #9: Take and complete School Law and School Culture

Month #10: Take and complete Modern Media and Its Impact on Youth

Month #11: Take and complete The At-Risk Child: Depression and Suicide in Youth

Month #12: Take and complete Creating a Safe and Caring Classroom Environment; or School Climate and Contemporary Sexuality; or Gender and Diversity in Schools


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent preparation from a foreign college or university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative average (4.0 point scale). Applicants with lower grade point averages may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. All applicants will be asked to submit:

  • A completed Application for Admission with non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended
  • Three recommendations from professional or academic references, appraising the candidate’s potential and capacity for graduate study, on the reference form provided
  • A 500-word statement addressing your personal and career goals, why you are applying to social and emotional learning program, and a brief summary of your strengths and areas for growth
  • A comprehensive, current professional résumé

Prior to being accepted to our program, students can take two of our courses that apply to the degree. Once registered into an online course, you can begin immediately.

View our online Admissions presentation in less than three minutes.

Contact us to learn more about our program. 

Blog: “No-Gay Thursday:” 4 Things Adults Can Do To Reduce Sexual Assault and Bullying of Children

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– David M. Hall, Ph.D.,  Innovative Learning Institute

In suburban Philadelphia, a football team at an elite public school sexually humiliated the freshman varsity players every week on “No-Gay Thursday.” One freshman tried to walk away from this ritual and two seniors grabbed him and held him down while a third penetrated his rectum with a broom handle. The District Attorney has declined to prosecute this as a sex crime. His decision, a moral outrage, only endangers more children. Boys will be boys, appears to be the mantra.

I do not know what sort of education those children received about bullying and sexual assault, but I know that it did not work.

Parents and educators are inundated with media stories of the horrors of bullying and sexual assault. However, we need more exposure to the best research to prevent such behavior in the first place.

These four steps will reduce sexual assault and bullying:

1. Educate Children about Bullying and Sexual Assault

Does your child know that bullying involves an imbalance of power, repeated attempts, and an intent to do harm? Does your child understand that is mandatory to respect sexual boundaries and only act with consent?

Understanding the correct answers to these questions are critical whether the child is the target of abuse, the perpetrator of abuse, or the bystander of abuse. Perpetrators need to understand that what they are doing is wrong and expect to be held accountable. Targets need to know that they must tell a trusted adult. Bystanders must intervene.

2. Provide Kids with Research-Based Messages

Our children cannot afford for us to be quiet in the face of rampant misinformation. We need them to understanding that (a) intervening is appropriate and expected; (b) misinformation such as victim-blaming needs to be corrected and addressed; (c) change harmful attitudes about bullying, harassment, and sexual assault; (d) increase not just knowledge; (e) address gender roles that too often normalize such abuse.

3. Develop Fewer Abusers

If we want to reduce bullying, we need fewer bullies. If we want to reduce rape, we need fewer rapists. In a case like the one from suburban Philadelphia, it seems like the D.A. identifies with the perpetrators rather than the victim. Indeed, had strangers entered the school and committed the assault, I have no doubt that there would be charges of involuntary sexual assault. Children are getting messages that are dangerous not just for victims but also for themselves. We need to raise children to understand that part of their character requires not preying on others. We need children to focus on their own behavior and know that adults will hold them responsible for their abusive behavior.

4. Empowering Bystanders

Bystanders have a moral responsibility to intervene. Sometimes merely saying, “All right, leave him alone,” is enough. Sometimes the kid getting pulled into perpetuating the bullying or sexual assault can stop it with a simple, “It’s not worth getting in trouble. Cut it out.”

If the bystander doesn’t intervene at the time, they must tell a trust adult. If that adult doesn’t respond properly, then tell another trusted adult. Repeat until someone hears you.

Sometimes adults assume that bystanders know that they should intervene. The truth is that many do not. They need us to teach them. They need help critically thinking about what they would do in this situation.

What would you add to this list? Please share in the comments below.

Dr. David M. Hall, who has blogged for CNN and is the author of Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment, is the director of a graduate program which offers an online masters degree in social and emotional learning. The program includes a badge certificate in bullying prevention and diversity. You can learn more about the program by clicking here.