Online teaching courses

The Open University offers a range of courses designed for professionals working in teaching or learning and development roles, delivered online and through supported distance learning.

To complement our traditional undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, we have a suite of short, professional development courses called microcredentials. You can view all our courses below.

Microcredentials

Delivered on our social learning partner platform, FutureLearn. OU microcredentials are online professional development short courses with academic credit – designed to help you quickly build in-demand skills and knowledge to help you get ahead. Created by the OU, with many endorsed by leading industry partners, they take just 10–12 weeks of study and offer a perfect balance of OU academic excellence and workplace relevance.

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What you can study

Whether you’re already working in the field of education and want to update your skills, or you’re looking for an exciting new career, The Open University offers courses that will open up a world of possibilities in education.
 

Microcredential
Developing Educational
Leadership in Practice
(EZFM803)

Explore the latest theories and research in educational leadership and gain critical skills to shape positive change in education. Discover how to support teaching and learning with a focus on equity and diversity, gain insights to help you challenge traditional ideas of educational leadership and develop skills to lead through uncertain or complex events such as the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Learning
(EZFM802)

This microcredential will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to develop your career as a leader of professional learning. Aimed at those working in a range of settings and contexts, you’ll reflect on the theory, research and application of mentoring and coaching and use real-world case studies to bring your learning to life and relate it to your own career. 

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Online Teaching: Accessibility
and Inclusive Learning
(HZFM884)

Discover the practical skills that improve the learning experience for people with diverse disabilities. Learn how to design and adapt learning activities and assessments, how to remove barriers through assistive technology and ways of working that create an institutional approach to accessibility.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Online Teaching: Addressing
the Climate Emergency
(HZFM889)

Designed for those working with learners from secondary school age to adult, you’ll discover creative ways to help them understand the causes and impacts of environmental collapse and how they can be addressed through global citizenship, direct action, and democratic participation. 

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Online Teaching: Creating
Courses for Adult Learners
(HZFM881)

Created in response to COVID-19, you’ll discover how adults learn online, examining the key theories of distance learning. You’ll evaluate technologies available for supporting learning, learn the practical skills to create online courses successfully, and develop your ability to teach adults online.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity (HZFM885)

Discover how to design online learning activities that address issues such as racism, economic injustice, transphobia, sexism and heterosexism. You'll gain an understanding of the ways in which learners’ contexts have an impact on equitable participation and how this can be addressed.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Online Teaching: Evaluating
and Improving Courses
(HZFM882)

You’ll develop the skills to evaluate the success of your online teaching and enhance your students’ learning experience. You’ll learn how to design and use teaching evaluation strategies, and conduct analysis of your findings that you can apply to adapt and improve your course.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum (HZFM883)

This microcredential shows how to embed mental wellbeing in your teaching and design appropriate learning activities to support the needs of learners experiencing mental health issues such as low self-esteem and anxiety. This microcredential is endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) (Q94)

Are you thinking of pursuing a career within education or becoming a primary school teacher? This degree develops your understanding of policy and practice in the education of children aged between 3 and 12, providing you with a sound foundation for further study.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
BSc (Hons) Mathematics and its Learning (Q46)

Understand how people learn mathematics and gain insight into different teaching approaches with this unique degree. It’s accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and designed for those interested in teaching maths – or in education more generally – in mind.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
Masters degree in
Education (F70)

This flexible masters degree offers you a choice of specialisms where you’ll engage with key issues, concepts and debates within education. You’ll enrich your knowledge and improve your professional practice, gaining qualities and transferable skills that are highly prized by employers.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Wales) (K36)

Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to work at either primary or secondary schools in Wales. This PGCE focuses on the Welsh curriculum and includes in-school work placements - there’s even the option of a part-time route if you’re not currently working in education.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
Postgraduate Certificate in
Online and Distance
Education (C23)

Study the theory and practice of online and distance education. Through a hands-on experience of a range of learning technologies, you’ll explore the processes of designing, implementing and critiquing elearning and the ideas that underpin this increasingly valuable way of learning.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: February 2023

Qualification
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (K27)

Explore the field of education with this postgraduate certificate. It gives you the opportunity to explore in-depth a specialism related to your interests or your professional practice, and may be your first step towards an MA or MEd in Education.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education
(E88)

This professional postgraduate qualification offers you the chance to explore deeper the field of education that appeals to you. You’ll choose from a range of specialisms that will suit your professional requirements, with an emphasis on professional development through collaborative learning.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

 

Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

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Online Teaching: Addressing the Climate Emergency

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Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

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Developing Educational Leadership in Practice

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Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Learning

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Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

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Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting

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Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

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Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention

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Online Teaching: Creating courses for Adult Learners

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Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning

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Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio

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Agile Management and Leadership

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Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)

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