About the Graduate Certificate Program

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand your own emotions and the emotions of others, and to use that understanding to effectively solve problems and make decisions. In practice, people with high EQ are associated with better physical and mental health, social relationships, adaptive coping skills, and academic/job performance.


Flexibility + Interactivity

This 6-week hybrid certificate program includes weekly online pre-recorded lectures and real-world exercises (accessible anytime) and a weekly 30-min live Zoom session for EQ games and peer-based learning.

You will also be paired in small support groups based on your personal and/or professional interests.

By the end of the program, you will have been exposed to the essential knowledge and skills necessary to function as an emotionally and socially competent individual, as well as opportunities to build friendships with others in the program.


Designed to help you

learn, practice, and apply social and emotional skills in your personal, academic, and career contexts. You will learn the art and science behind emotions: from what research tells us about emotions, to how to stand out in job interviews, to how to harness your emotions for purpose and resilience.

  • Self-Awareness

  • Self-Management

  • Social Awareness

  • Relationship Skills

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Zoom Session #1: January 14 @ 9:30am PST

    • Complete your Self-Reflection today

    • Introduce yourself to the class

  • 2

    Emotional Intelligence Overview

    • Week 1 To Do's (by Wednesday)

    • History of Emotional Intelligence

    • (O) Debunking Emotional Intelligence Myths: Heart vs. Head?

    • (O) Debunking Emotional Intelligence Myths: Do You Have IT?

    • (O) Debunking Emotional Intelligence Myths: Grit (Mental Toughness)?

    • (O) Debunking Emotional Intelligence Myths: Common Sense?

    • The Five Dimensions of an Emotion

    • Emotional Intelligence Overview

    • What Happens Inside Your Brain

    • The Secret to Achieving Balance

    • (O) CAUTION: The Amygdala Hijack

    • Module Exercises

    • Module Feedback

  • 3

    Self-Awareness

    • Self-Awareness Overview

    • Five Elements of Self-Awareness

    • How to Be an Emotion Scientist

    • Emotion vs. Feeling vs. Mood

    • Decoding Bodily Sensations

    • Exercise: Decoding Your Bodily Sensations

    • Understanding Action Tendencies

    • Labeling Emotions: How to Improve Emotional Literacy

    • Emotional Barriers and Stigmas

    • Unloading Your Emotional Labor

    • Module Exercise Overview

    • Module Exercise

    • Module Feedback

  • 4

    Self-Management

    • Zoom Game Time: The Emotion Gallery

    • Emotional Intelligence Music Playlist 🎵

    • Self-Management Overview

    • Reframing "Bad" Emotions

    • Identifying Your Goals & Motivations

    • Reality Check: My Goals & Motivations

    • How Emotional Resilience Works

    • When You Get a Knock on the Door

    • What is Coping?

    • Barriers and Exercise Overview

    • Reality Check: My Coping Barriers

    • Adaptive Coping Strategies

    • Module Exercise

    • Reality Check: My Personality

    • Module Feedback

  • 5

    Social Awareness

    • Module videos & exercises will appear after our Zoom session.

    • All About Your Big Five Personality

    • Interpersonal: Reflective Question

    • Social Awareness Overview

    • From Self-Awareness to Other-Awareness

    • Detecting Facial Expressions

    • Exercise: The Face Detective

    • Deciphering Body Languages

    • Decoding Verbal Cues

    • Generating Insights from Emotional Data

    • Understanding Your Social Awareness Goals

    • Uncovering Your Biases & Assumptions

    • Module Exercise Overview

    • Module Exercise

    • Module Feedback

  • 6

    Relationship Skills

    • Relationship Management Overview

    • Elements of a Healthy Relationship

    • Giving and Receiving Feedback

    • Exercise: Feedforward

    • Conflict Resolution

    • Exercise: Establishing Your Relationship Norms

    • Exercise: Clarifying Needs

    • Exercise: Goal Sharing

    • Exercise: Just Like Me

    • What Is a Sense of Belonging

    • Reality Check: Diagnosing Your Sense of Belonging

    • Exercise: Understanding Your Boundaries

    • Module Feedback

    • Module Exercise

  • 7

    Putting It All Together

    • Module Overview

    • Uncovering Your Needs and Values

    • Reality Check: Your Needs and Values

    • Your Elevator Pitch

    • Exercise: The Brand of #Me

    • Reality Check: Identifying Your Strengths

    • Module Exercise: Message to My Future Self

    • Revisiting your Self-Reflection Questionnaire

    • Module Feedback