Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Course starts 7 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
7 October 2020
8 weeks online
8–10 hours per week, self–paced learning online
USD $2,400
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Harvard's Derek Bok Center


Engage with effective teaching methods in this online short course inspired by the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Harvard Bok Higher Education Teaching Certificate gives you the opportunity to reflect on your practices, portfolio and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) space. You’ll be exposed to the most relevant research on how students learn, and discover how to apply this insight in your own teaching context.

Study pedagogical approaches through the lens of the HE environment, including student engagement and classroom management. Use this opportunity to investigate reflective teaching methods and update your skills by adopting a more conscious, collaborative and refined approach to your teaching practice.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The knowledge to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment through the application of rapport-building techniques
  • Practical skills on how to deliver a lesson, make it memorable, and bridge the knowledge gap between yourself and your students
  • An understanding of effective teaching practices useful for raising your institutional profile as a reflective teacher

Is this course for you?

No matter what stage you’re at in your academic career, being an effective educator is key to progression and promotion. This online short course is designed for professors, lecturers, researchers, academic staff, or aspiring higher education teachers interested in improving their teaching practice, classroom management, and ability to meaningfully develop the mindsets of their students.

Course curriculum

Develop your teaching philosophy and portfolio as you work through the weekly modules of this online course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The construction and communication of knowledge
  • Module 2 How learning works
  • Module 3 Creating an inclusive learning environment
  • Module 4 Lesson planning and delivery
  • Module 5 Engaging students
  • Module 6 Course and assignment design
  • Module 7 Using feedback to improve your teaching
  • Module 8 Teaching portfolio preparation

Learn. Practice. Reflect.

This online short course is led by esteemed faculty from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Your Course Conveners

Rob Lue


The Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Adam Beaver


Associate Director for Teaching and Learning, Harvard’s Bok Center

Pamela Pollock


Associate Director for Professional and Scholarly Development, Harvard’s Bok Center

David Levari


Doctoral student in Social Psychology, Harvard University Department of Psychology


Earn your premier certificate

Earn a premier certificate from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 7 October 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.