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Religious Studies and Education Graduate Certificate

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    Online for 2021–2022

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This certificate is jointly sponsored by Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School.

Educators gain a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in public school classrooms or in other educational settings focused on learning about religion.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

Going back to school doesn’t have to mean putting your life on hold.

We’ve designed our courses and certificates to give you the flexibility to pace your studies to fit your schedule.

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Earning Your Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the five certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Certificate Courses

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)

Ready to take the next step?

You can enroll in your first course in the:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Search For Courses

To find courses that apply toward the certificate use DCE Course Search and Registration:

  • Scroll through the search filters to “Courses in a Graduate Certificate.”
  • Choose “Religious Studies and Education Certificate” to explore program courses.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course ($745 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $14,900