Religious Studies and Education Certificate
Jointly sponsored by Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School, this certificate provides educators a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in public school classrooms or in other educational settings focused on learning about religion.
Key learning outcomes
- Navigate and analyze the historical relationship between religion and public education in the United States, as well as contemporary views regarding the nature and purpose of public education and the roles of religion.
- Apply an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and critical theory methodology to the study of religion from a nonsectarian perspective.
- Develop lesson and unit plans for a wide range of educational settings.
- Understand the historical origins, central teachings, devotional practices, and social/political influences of discrete religious traditions.
No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.
Earning the Certificate
To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:
- Complete five certificate courses for graduate credit.
- Earn at least a B grade in each course.
- Complete the courses within three years.
The professional graduate certificate in Religious Studies and Education requires five courses:
- RELI E-1505 Religion, Education, and Democracy (required course)
- RELI E-2000 Methods in Religious Studies and Education (required course)
- Electives (choose any three courses from select group)