Graduate Certificate – Mind, Brain, and Teaching

Building upon the latest research from cognitive science, psychology, neurology, neuroscience, and education, this certificate integrates these diverse disciplines to explore human learning and development and to understand how research in these fields will shape the future of education.

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Graduate Certificate – Mind, Brain and Teaching

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Application requirements and deadlines
Graduate Certificate: Mind, Brain, and Teaching
Start Terms:Fall
Application Deadline: Fall 2022 – Aug 1, 2022
Spring 2023- Dec. 21, 2022

*Completed applications will be reviewed for decision on a rolling basis or until the posted deadline or until the program has reached capacity.
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Scholarly Writing Sample (e.g., a paper written for prior coursework or for professional purposes):
This writing sample should be between 750 and 1500 words (3-6 double-spaced pages, 12 pt. font). Longer papers will be accepted, but will likely not be read in full. Papers that are analytical or research-focused are strongly preferred. If you do not have an appropriate sample of scholarly writing to submit, as an alternative you may instead write a brief essay (750-1000 words) in response to the following prompt: “Consider an educational setting of your choice. What kinds of questions about teaching and learning do you think researchers from the neuro- and cognitive sciences could help address?” We do not expect you to do any considerable research to respond to this prompt, and we do not expect that applicants will have background knowledge from the neuro- and cognitive sciences. Rather, we simply want you to analyze an educational setting you are familiar with and formulate relevant questions about teaching practices and the learning process. Your goal should be to construct a simple, well-organized response that focuses on a few key points of interest.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
International Applicants:Please visit the International Student Admissions webpage for additional application requirements.
Note: This program is delivered in a fully online format and does not offer F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship for international students.
Tuition and fees

Click here for more information on tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

The online delivery format at Johns Hopkins allowed me to continue my work as a school counselor and conveniently complete this program. I appreciated the cohort model, and the fact that I would build relationships with colleagues around the world.


Nate Milton, Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching ’18

Graduate Certificate – Mind, Brain and Teaching

Program Description

The Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (MBT) program builds upon basic and applied research from cognitive science, psychology and brain science, neurology, neuroscience, and education to inform educational practices and policies. Courses integrate these diverse disciplines to explore human learning and development. Topics of study include emotion and learning, memory, attention, cognitive development, learning differences, literacy, and numeracy.

The 15-credit graduate certificate is designed for pre-K–20 teachers, administrators, and student support personnel seeking to learn how research in cognitive science and neuroscience can shape the future of education. The program is designed for PK–16 teachers and instructors, administrators, and support personnel. The courses are offered in sequential order in a cohort structure.

The program is part of the Johns Hopkins Neuro-Education Initiative and a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Kennedy-Krieger Institute, and the Brain Science Institute to foster dialogue among educators and brain scientists, to inspire joint research, and to enrich educational practice.

Graduate Certificate – Mind, Brain and Teaching

Core Faculty

Mariale Hardiman

Mariale Hardiman

Ranji JohnBull

Ranjini JohnBull

Pare Blagoev

E. Juliana Pare-Blagoev

Graduate Certificate – Mind, Brain and Teaching



Requirements (15 credits hours)

887.615 Explorations in Mind, Brain, and Teaching

887.616 Fundamentals of Cognitive Development

887.617 Neurobiology of Learning Difference

887.618 Cognitive Processes of Literacy & Numeracy

887.619 Special Topics in Brain Sciences

Cohort schedules

Traditional Program Schedule:

Course #Course TitleSemester
ED.887.615Explorations in Mind, Brain and TeachingFall 1
ED.887.616Fundamentals of Cognitive DevelopmentSpring 1
ED.887.617Neurobiology of Learning DifferencesSummer 1
ED.887.618Cognitive Processed of Literacy and NumeracyFall 2
ED.887.619Special Topics in Brain Sciences: Emotion, Memory, and AttentionSpring 2

Accelerated Program Schedule:

Course #Course TitleSemester
ED.887.615Explorations in Mind, Brain and TeachingFall 1
ED.887.616Fundamentals of Cognitive DevelopmentFall 1
ED.887.617Neurobiology of Learning DifferencesSpring 1
ED.887.618Cognitive Processed of Literacy and NumeracySpring 1
ED.887.619Special Topics in Brain Sciences: Emotion, Memory, and AttentionSummer 1

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Graduate Certificate – Mind, Brain and Teaching



During the program, students will:

  • Identify areas in the learning sciences that have relevant application to teaching and learning in formal and informal learning settings. Examples include topics such as emotion and learning, memory, attention, cognitive development, learning differences, literacy, and numeracy.
  • Identify basic brain structure and functions.
  • Interpret findings from basic and applied research studies.
  • Synthesize research findings and consider relevance to educational interventions.
  • Apply content from courses to educational practices and policies.

Graduate Certificate – Mind, Brain and Teaching


I want to take only a couple of courses, not the entire certificate. Can I do that?

The certificate program is designed so that a single cohort of students proceeds through the same sequence of courses at the same time. For this reason, students generally do not take courses without taking the entire certificate. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, but students are limited to two classes in the program before applying to the program.

What I can expect from the online classes? Do the online classes include only reading and writing assignments, or is there also interaction with the instructor?

The online certificate program courses are not individual, self-paced courses. The School of Education Online Teaching and Learning team has developed an instructional system that involves collaboration with other students and interaction with the instructor. The coursework is delivered in our learning management system called Blackboard.

If I am doing the online certificate, do I have to be online at a specific time and date?

The courses are mostly asynchronous, but occasionally synchronous sessions are scheduled. This means that, most weeks, there will be no particular time when students need to be online. Occasionally, the course will meet in “real time” using various web technologies. In this case, students must be able to log in and participate in course discussions and other activities at least a few times a week. It is best if students log in on a daily basis to keep up with the course.

How will this certificate help me in the job market?

Practicing teachers often treat the certificate program as an “add-on” certificate they can put on their resumes. Likewise, having graduate school credits may be beneficial as well.

Do you plan on having a master’s or doctoral program in this area?

The Mind, Brain, and Teaching Certificate can be combined with another certificate program and capstone work to earn a master’s degree. We currently have an online EdD program with a concentration in Mind, Brain, and Teaching. The Mind, Brain, and Teaching concentration is not offered every year as an EdD concentration. Please keep checking the online EdD program page, available here, for information on the next available concentration.

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In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, the School of Education is required to disclose select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Program Name: Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $14,505 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ [XX,XXX] of debt.
Too few graduates to report median debt.

Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment
earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

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Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.