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  • Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction


    The Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction is designed to provide an advanced understanding and application of principles of neuroanatomy, neuroscience, cognitive processing, and learning theory, and how to apply these skills to online instruction.

    This certificate is for those who seek to instruct courses in online and/or blended environments across multiple fields of study. It provides the knowledge and skills to apply concepts of neuroscience, cognition, and learning theory to online instruction based on evidenced-based research and real-world practice.

    After completing this six-course certificate, you'll be able to:

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

    An interdisciplinary certificate designed for the following audiences:

    • 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 online learning.
    • Graduate students wishing to continue their graduate study to include a post-baccalaureate certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction.

    The Drexel Difference in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction

    Drexel University’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction is unique since it is among the first programs to blend neuroscience, learning, and online instruction across multiple fields of study. The program integrates currently offered discipline-specific courses, enabling it to serve as a “gateway” for those seeking a master’s or doctoral degree.

    For questions, please contact:

    Jillian Randall
    Academic Advisor

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    IPS 553Neuroscience of Learning3.0
    IPS 554Online Neuropedagogy, Regulations & Online Instruction3.0
    IPS 600Capstone: Applying Neurobiology to Online Instruction 3.0
    Three additional courses chosen from one of the following disciplines:*9.0
    Nursing & Health Professions 
    NURS 606Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition 
    NURS 613The Role and Responsibility of the Nursing Professor 
    NURS 615Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation 
    NURS 616Teaching Methods in Nursing Education 
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies 
    ELL 503Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning 
    ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities 
    EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience 
    EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design  
    EGMT 504Engineering Management Communications 
    EGMT 581Human Relations and Organizational Behavior 
    EGMT 650Engineering Leadership 
    SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management 
    PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management 
    Total Credits18.0

    *You may be able to transfer up to three courses to meet the specialty concentration requirement

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:  
      • Why you are choosing this particular program of study,
      • Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree, and
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $913 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1014 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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