Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter

Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3817
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-1072

About the Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction marks achievement of advanced understanding, comprehension, and application of principles of neuroanatomy, neuroscience, cognitive processing, and learning theory to online instruction. This interdisciplinary four-course certificate includes three core courses and one discipline specific elective course. The program provides knowledge and skills to post-baccalaureate professionals and graduate students enrolled at Drexel University who seek a certificate to instruct courses in online and/or blended environments across multiple fields of study utilizing methodological approaches related to neuroscience, the brain’s memory systems, the learning process, and the impact of health and emotions on learning.

Each course may be taken alone or as part of the four-course post-baccalaureate certificate. Certificate completion is only awarded if all four courses are taken and completed with a grade of B or higher. Graduate students at Drexel University may take any course regardless of discipline major and may consider pursuing this concentration as a graduate minor. Drexel undergraduate students may apply to take these courses with approval of course instructor and senior level standing at the University.

The discipline-specific elective course must be related to the learner's professional subject domain. This credit must be at the graduate level and may be transferred in and applied to certificate requirements. For more information, please contact Ms. Jillian Randall at 267-359-5692 or jnr56@drexel.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from a fully accredited program
  • 2.75 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and US permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree in higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. American citizens born on US military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
IPS 553Neuroscience of Learning3.0
IPS 554Online Neuropedagogy, Regulations & Online Instruction3.0
IPS 600Capstone: Applying Neurobiology to Online Instruction3.0
Select one of the following: *
Introduction to Instructional Design
Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning
Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition
Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation
Total Credits12.0

Sample Plan of Study

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction web page and on the Drexel University Online Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction web page.

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