Asked Questions

Who does NCSE certify?

  • Individuals who wish to pursue a career opportunity to establish and instruct social skills education classes
  • School teachers who wish to instruct classes in social skills education in schools, for after-school extracurricular activities, or on a private individual or group basis
  • Corporate training personnel for businesses that wish to instruct social skills education internally for the benefit of other employees, employee relations, customer relations and/or sales personnel

Who do NCSE-Certified Instructors benefit?

Major academic institutions, educators, psychologists and business experts all agree that social skills education is essential for anyone, at any age, in any interpersonal relationship or situation. The following is a short list:

  • Elementary through high school students who need to get along and make a positive impact on others
  • College students who wish to build relationships and maximize career opportunities
  • Individuals who wish to improve socially and professionally
  • Business people who want a competitive edge in and out of the office
  • Organizations or groups that wish to enhance the social skills education of their members

How does NCSE education benefit its students?

It is proven that social skills education:

  • Is associated with successful school performance
  • Helps individuals deal effectively with adversity and decision-making
  • Contributes to character
  • Demonstrates one’s education
  • Creates social competency – which is a determinant to success
  • Significantly improves relationships – socially and professionally
  • Increases job opportunities
  • Is the primary factor in getting a job, keeping a job and getting promoted
  • Fosters the ability to control and manage emotions
  • Helps individuals handle interpersonal situations constructively
  • Develops self-confidence
  • Improves communication
  • Gets people to like you and cooperate with you

What is the curriculum?

The curriculum is customized and tailored for participants based on age, education level, position, and individual, business or company objectives. To review the education descriptions and curricula covered in the various NCSE certifications, click on the following JDW divisions in the above navigation menu.

  • Children and youth programming – three levels of instruction in a series of classes open to a local community
  • Children and youth programming – instruction for a specific group, school or organization
  • Adult programming – for individuals, colleges, groups or businesses

How long is the training?

Training typically takes place over a four-day period.

When and where does the training take place?

Training takes place at various locations in Colorado, based on seasonal considerations. For the next NCSE training session, contact NCSE Director Shelley Jones at 303-757-5333.

What is involved in training and how is it structured?

Training is comprised of presentations and demonstrations by JDW Social Education Programs® staff members, and includes:

  • Individual interviews of prospective NCSE trainees to establish objectives and expectations for the training
  • Presentation of curriculum overview summarizing specific subject significance and benefit for the end-user
  • Presentation of subject detail through PowerPoints, interactive exercises, instructor lectures and discussions
  • Trainee manuals for subject participation, review and note taking
  • Staff assessment and evaluation of trainees, based on curriculum testing and trainee presentation of materials

What support materials are included in NCSE Certification?

    1. Content for THREE LEVELS (each Level includes):
      • intro
      • class organization & control
      • social skills curriculum
      • dance curriculum
      • exercises, quotes & illustrations
      • suggested Lesson Plans for each class
      • class problems & solutions
    2. PowerPoint(s) for 3rd Level Classes
    3. Dance Instruction Video
    • dealing with facilities / class layouts
    • registration organization
    • sample invitations / announcements
    • steps on how to market promote programs
    • Chairperson & Committee Reference Guides
    • advertising slick (with ad layouts)
    • email campaign(s)
    • music library
    • legal agreement detailing certification costs (including re-certification)
    • disclaimers (success, responsibility, indemnification, de-certification, etc.)
    • policies, standards & procedures (including accounting)

What is the application procedure and what does certification training cost?

There are four steps in applying for NCSE Certification Training, as follows:

  • You must complete the pre-qualification APPLICATION (see above NCSE navigation bar)
  • Upon pre-qualification acceptance you will receive information on NCSE Certification Training costs and the NCSE AGREEMENT (detailing certification requirements and conditions) for your review
  • If you agree to the training costs and the conditions set forth in the NCSE AGREEMENT, a background check is required at a non-refundable cost to you of $200.00
  • If you do not agree to any of the above requirements, you will not incur any costs
  • If you agree to all of the above requirements – and your application is accepted – you will be required to pay a down payment. Following receipt, you will receive a letter of confirmation from our offices, and the NCSE TRAINING & INFORMATION package

Does the NCSE guarantee my success in the training or for my success after the training?

  • All NCSE instructor candidates must pass the tests required for graduation and certification.
  • While our NCSE trainers are highly qualified, experienced and accomplished in presenting and instructing the curriculum – neither they nor NCSE can make any guarantees, financially or otherwise, concerning the success or failure of NCSE-Certified Instructors. All results of the NCSE training are based solely and exclusively on each NCSE-Certified Instructor’s individual ability, capability and effort.
  • NCSE’s role is to educate, train and supply teaching and reference tools to support NCSE-Certified Instructors on a best effort basis.