Harvard Bok Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Create a collaborative learning environment

Explore Higher Education Teaching and its practices offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning to create an engaging learning environment.

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July 2024
9 weeks
8–10 hours per week
Program Dates
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What You'll Learn

The Higher Education Teaching Certificate, inspired by the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, provides you with effective postsecondary education teaching methods. Over eight weeks, you’ll engage deeply with, and reflect on, your practices, portfolio, and journey in the higher education field. Guided by experts, you’ll explore various approaches to pedagogy, discover the most relevant research on how students learn, and broaden your range of teaching skills. Learn how to adopt a more conscious, collaborative, and refined approach to your teaching practice. 

The course will be delivered via Get SmarterBy the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply rapport-building techniques to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary education learning environment
  • Deliver an effective, memorable lesson that bridges the knowledge gap between yourself and your students
  • Raise your institutional profile as a reflective teacher through effective third-level education teaching practices
  • Implement practical strategies for classroom management and lesson planning
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Your Instructors

Lue, Robert Headshot

Robert A. Lue

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
at Harvard University
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Adam Beaver Headshot

Adam Beaver

Director of Pedagogy and Practice, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
at Harvard University
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Pamela Pollock Headshot

Pamela Pollock

Director of Professional Development, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
at Harvard University
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David Levari Headshot

David Levari

Postdoctoral Research Associate
at Harvard Business School
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Course Outline

  • 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


Learner Testimonial

On FinTech

“This course strengthened my approach to become a more reflective practitioner who employs the latest evidence-based practices in order to serve diverse learners. It provided much-needed pause and reflection as an integral part of my professional development. I refined my tools as an experienced educator, added new tools to my repertoire as a practitioner, and connected with professionals working in similar fields. We spent countless hours giving each other feedback and offering perspectives on materials presented by the instructors. The platform was easy to navigate and well-designed, utilizing the latest evidence-based principles for teaching and learning in the information age.”

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas
OHSU Lead Trainer, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

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