Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Course starts 6 November 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 October 2019
Course Starts:
6 November 2019
8 weeks online
8 - 10 hours per week
USD $2,400
Payment Options
Harvard's Derek Bok Center
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The Times Higher Education Teaching Survey, which analyzed over 1,150 higher education staff, revealed 85% say students value their teaching.1

Which means it’s important for you to have as much confidence in how you teach as what you teach.

This 8-week Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with effective teaching methods and reflect on your practices, portfolio and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field.

Inspired by the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you’ll be exposed to the most relevant research on how students learn in the HE context and learn how to apply this insight to your own teaching context.

Whether you’re a professor, lecturer, researcher, academic staff, or aspiring teacher, and no matter what stage you’re at in your academic career, being an effective teacher is key to progression and promotion through the ranks of academia.

1Times Higher Education

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What will set you apart

Earn a premier certificate from Harvard’s Bok Center, in association with HarvardX, in this online short course and be empowered to:

  • Create a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment through the application of rapport-building techniques.
  • Bridge the gap between having expertise in a field and being able to impart that knowledge on your students by not only learning the practical skills for delivering a lesson, but how to make it memorable too.
  • Raise your institutional profile as a reflective practitioner by demonstrating an understanding of effective teaching practices.
  • Move into and succeed in teaching roles at any level of the higher education spectrum through the development of a comprehensive teaching portfolio that acts as a testament to your current experience, goals and skills as a teacher.

Course curriculum

Become increasingly empowered in your teaching abilities as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

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

Learn. Practice. Reflect.

Learn from industry thought leaders as you maximize the value of learning experiences for your student cohorts in this online short course from Harvard’s Bok Center, in association with HarvardX.

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

“Having certificates that accurately document how you have evolved over time, I feel, will be invaluable over the course of a career” — Prof. Robert A. Lue, Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn a premier certificate from Harvard’s Bok Center, in association with HarvardX, and use it as proof that you've got what it takes to become the most effective teacher on campus. All certificate costs, including packaging and international delivery, are included in the course fee.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 6 November 2019.

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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 Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    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 Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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