Educational Neuroscience: Applications for Teaching & Learning

Educational Neuroscience: Applications for Teaching and Learning is a program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route. Visit the MEd, Interdisciplinary Route page for complete MEd details including fees

Educators are tasked with the ever-increasing demands in providing high-quality, individualized instruction for all types of learners in their classrooms. While educators are usually open to having many types of learners in their classrooms, research has shown that most educators do not feel they are well equipped to meet the demands that this cognitive diversity in the classroom presents. The individual differences that educators face every day require them to have an understanding of how to best meet children where they are and to provide instruction and guidance to maximize the learning experience of every child. This certificate program is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of educational professionals related to brain-behaviour relationships as well as research related to instruction, assessment, and intervention that will help cognitively diverse learners. Educators are facing diversity in the classroom at rates they may not have anticipated; as such, we want to arm educators with the tools and information they can use to maximize the educational experience and learning outcomes for every child they meet.

This four-course graduate certificate in Educational Neuroscience is designed for educators who wish to learn about neuroscience and how this relates to student learning and classroom instruction. Throughout the program, students will experience an overview of brain structures and functions, how brain develops before birth through childhood and adolescence, learn about typical development of the brain and how we learn to walk, talk, make sense of the world, and develop basic skills necessary for educational success, and ways that brain development can be disrupted or negatively impacted and how this changes one’s behaviour and brain functioning across settings such as at home, at school, and in the community. Students will be introduced to current research in the fields of education, psychology, and neuroscience, and will learn how to critically evaluate research and best practices for application in classrooms and beyond.

Program Goals:

  • To establish a community of engaged learners who wish to deepen their knowledge of brain/behaviour relationships
  • To provide educators with foundational knowledge of typical and atypical brain development to better understand the children and youth in their classrooms
  • To provide educators with skills and information to better serve their students in a variety of settings
  • To strengthen the educational community by providing evidence-based strategies for instructional delivery and individualized teaching
  • To develop critical consumers of knowledge and research in the areas of education and psychological literature

Program Schedule

Term 1 - Summer

Summer 2020
EDER 693.27 S03 (50094) - Parietal Cohort
EDER 693.27 S06 (50761) - Temporal Cohort
Fundamentals of Neuroscience for Educators

Term 2 - Fall

Fall 2020
EDER 693.28 S03 (72240) - Parietal Cohort
EDER 693.28 S06 (76270) - Temporal Cohort
Brain/Behaviour Relationships: Part I 

Term 3 - Winter

Winter 2021
EDER 693.29 S03 (12066) - Parietal Cohort
EDER 693.29 S04 (12722) - Temporal Cohort
Brain/Behaviour Relationships: Part II

Term 4 - Spring

Spring 2021
EDER 693.30 - registration information TBD
Pedagogical Implications of Neuroscience

Course Descriptions

Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L.

Course Delivery

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the Online Delivery eLearning website.


3 units per course

EDER 693.27 Fundamentals of Neuroscience for Educators

This course will cover basic brain structure and functioning, behavioural geography of the brain, pathology and psychological functions, structural and functional brain organization, and typical vs. atypical brain development, particularly the impact of brain injury, neglect, stress, etc. on the developing brain and how this impacts one’s ability to acquire and develop basic skills. Additionally, the course will address specific developmental stages relevant for educators and how brain development during these stages interacts with classroom expectations.

EDER 693.28 Brain/Behaviour Relationships: Part I

This course delves into brain/behaviour relationships specific to the learning process, memory, and forgetting; including how these processes develop throughout the lifespan, and how difficulty with executive functioning impedes the learning process; how social-emotional competencies develop and ways to support students; how psychopathology and issues with mental health impede the learning process and how educators can support students with mental health issues in the classroom; and the importance of early intervention in the presence of atypical neurodevelopment.

EDER 693.29 Brain/Behaviour Relationships: Part II

This course builds upon the first course, delving deeper into brain/behaviour relationships specific to how language develops in infants and children and issues with dual language learners and ELL learners; how children develop literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy skills in early years and how educators can support this process; issues pertaining to atypical literacy and numeracy skill development; and the importance of early intervention in the presence of atypical development and using evidence-based practice in educational settings.

EDER 693.30 Pedagogical Implications of Neuroscience

This course will examine pedagogical practices from a neuroscientific and psychological framework and will provide students with skills to evaluate current research in the field. It will also cover best practices for conducting school-based research and designing school-based research studies to maximize impact and outcomes for learners.

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