Graduate Certificate in Experiential Teaching and Learning

The Graduate Certificate in Experiential Teaching and Learning provides K-12 experiential educators with the knowledge and skills needed to design, facilitate, and lead engaging and meaningful learning experiences.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible


The Graduate Certificate in Experiential Teaching and Learning explores the theoretical foundations, approaches, and strategies for learning through experience and how to apply these competencies with a commitment toward fostering educational equity through reflection, analysis, and action. K-12 classroom teachers who are interested in transforming their practice from more traditional methods of instruction and assessment to more experiential pedagogies designed to meet the needs of diverse learners will benefit from engaging with the courses comprising the certificate.

Experiential learning has been proven to be a highly effective pedagogy for promoting a learner-centric teaching environment that leads to increased student engagement and learning outcomes, and has been shown to increase equity and close the achievement gap in part, by promoting social emotional growth, student agency, and self-authorship.

Educators who are interested in seeking out leadership roles within schools will also benefit from earning the graduate certificate as the certificate covers content and skills needed for leading both student and adult experiential learning. The Graduate Certificate in Experiential Teaching and Learning is also being designed to meet current needs within the Global Network of Experiential Learning Educators (NExT).

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Unique Features

  • Delivered in an online, experiential format, and is comprised of four, 4-credit courses
  • The program is stackable into the Master of Education in Learning & Instruction
  • Provides educators the ability to design, measure, and evaluate practices that lead to changes in student engagement and outcomes

Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.


Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • English language proficiency proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Schools
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • NYC Department of Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Tufts University
  • What They Do

    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Business Development
    • Human Services
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Teaching
    • Public Speaking
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership
    • Research


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