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Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Graduate

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


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 courses. The program provides knowledge and skills to post-baccalaureate professionals, 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.

This interdisciplinary certificate is designed for two audiences. The first audience includes post-baccalaureate professionals who instruct or plan to instruct courses in online and/or blended environments building upon the facets of neuroscience, cognitive function, and learning theories to online learning. The second audience includes graduate students enrolled at Drexel University who wish to continue their graduate study to include a post-baccalaureate certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction. This certificate will provide them with real experience designing online courses and teaching in the online and hybrid environments. This certificate program is also ideal for those educational administrators responsible for policy creation and evaluation of quality within the online/hybrid environments.

What you’ll learn

Upon completion of this certificate, Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction, learners will have examined the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to apply the concepts of neuroscience, cognition, and learning theory to online and hybrid environments based on evidence-based research and real-world practice.

Learners will be prepared to develop, deliver and evaluation online and hybrid courses in higher education within their discipline using the concepts of neuroscience, cognitive load and learning theories. Upon completion of this certificate, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe neuroanatomy, cognitive function, and multi-sensory learning
  2. Explain the anatomical and physical bases of learning and memory.
  3. Compare and contrast neuroimaging techniques for investigating cognitive function following injury resulting in impairment.
  4. Elucidate the relationship between neuroplasticity, neural networks, and rehabilitation.
  5. Discuss cognitive, social, and emotional learning as it relates to adult learners and the memory process.
  6. Apply procedural and metacognitive scaffolding strategies to online instruction.
  7. Address regulations related to online learning.
  8. Apply neurobiology and learning theory approaches to online instruction to support transfer of learning and self-efficacy

What makes this Program unique?

Drexel University’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction is unique and provides a competitive advantage since it is the only program in the United States that blends neuroscience, learning, and online instruction across multiple fields of study.  Within this program resides content incorporating precepts such as short and long term memory formation, cognitive load, effects of stressors such as sleep deprivation, inadequate diet, physical and mental injury on the brain functioning of the learner with regard to individual targeted instruction in the online and hybrid environments.  Graduates of this Program will have experience with online/hybrid course development, design, delivery and evaluation.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Dr. Karyn Holt
Dr. Kristen Betts

Admission Requirements

Applications are currently being taken for the Winter 2017 Admission Cohort.  Please contact Jillian Randall at 267-359-5692 or  or more information.

Admissions Requirement
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts degree from a fully accredited Program. The accreditation should be from one of the twelve active regional accrediting agencies for educational institutions in the United States. Those agencies are: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Learning Commission, Northwest Accreditation Commission, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

GPA of 3.0 and above

Standardized Tests: None

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates. If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency

Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


Not required.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement describing interest in certificate program and particular specialty.

Not required.


Tuition and Fee Rates
Please visit the Drexel University Online Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction page.


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