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Harvard's Derek Bok Center - Higher Education Teaching Certificate

8 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
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About this program

Harvard's Derek Bok Center - Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Refine your teaching practice by embracing reflective skills and updated methods./

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Harvard University.

Engage with effective postsecondary education 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 this field. 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 higher education 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 third-level education teaching practice.

Admission requirements

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.

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Program content

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

How knowledge is constructed

Module 2

How learning works

Module 3

Building rapport

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

Program delivery


  • 8 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 8–10 hours per week Self-paced learning online


Total Tuition Fee :£1757


About the certificate

Refine your teaching practice and earn a premier certificate from Harvard's Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

What will set you apart

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

  • The knowledge to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary education 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 third-level education teaching practices, useful for raising your institutional profile as a reflective teacher.

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Cambridge Massachusetts
United States

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