Educational Neuroscience (Certificate)


Educational Neuroscience, Cert

The Educational Neuroscience certificate is a stand-alone credential providing a foundation in basic neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and data collection/analytic methods applied to educational contexts.


Neuroscience and neuroscience research in education-related areas is one of the fastest growing research areas in the U.S. and internationally. Educational Neuroscience is a rapidly emerging field that incorporates the study of neurodevelopment in typical and diverse developing populations. It brings together researchers in basic neuroscience (e.g., cognitive, developmental, social and affective), applied neuroscience in education (speech/language/literacy development) and child psychology.

This certificate program covers a range of skills important to most educational contexts: neuroanatomy, physiology and brain function and acquisition and analyses of neuroimaging and other data acquisition procedures. There is a specific focus on emotional and cognitive development and on the neural foundations of speech/language development and literacy.

Students will apply relevant neuroscience principals to educational contexts: Affective processing and management (including psychopathology), cognitive development, speech/language development, and language and literacy applications. This certificate program also develops the ability to apply and interpret underlying neuroscience principals to challenges learners present in educational contexts.

Elective Courses
Course Number Course Title Credits
PSYC 865 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
EDPS 991 Seminar in Educational Psychology and Measurements 3
EDPS 922 Mind, Brain, and Education 3
SLPA 995 Doctoral Seminar (Neural Basis of Reading) 3
SLPA 995 Doctoral Seminar (Neuroimaging & Language Disorders) 3
Courses Taught at UNMC
NSC 820 Methods in Neuroscience 3
NSC 932 Systems Neuroscience 3
Total 12

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Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

Students applying must have completed a bachelor's degree and must officially submit a Graduate Studies application through the online application portal, including paying the application fee.

All certificate applicants will be required to submit evidence of English proficiency if needed.

All certificate applicants will be required to submit a short personal statement about why they want to pursue the certificate and fill out a Course of Studies form. Currently, a minimum of four of the courses offered must be included to fulfill requirements. Note that two core courses, EDPS 922 and PSYC 865, are required for ALL students.

Students not currently enrolled in UNL graduate programs (new graduate students) must submit three letter of recommendation. A minimum of two academic letters is preferred.

Certificate applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Nebraska will be required to submit one letter of recommendation from their primary academic advisor stating the advisor supports the student completing the certificate.

Admission Deadlines

  • January 15th (for Summer start or early consideration for the following Fall)
  • May 1st (for starting the following Fall)
  • October 1st (for starting the following Spring)

Campus Address

114 Teachers College Hall

Certificate Advisor

Eric Buhs

Support Staff

Edith Reza Martinez

Tuition & Fees
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