Course Description

This course provides the means for every educator to build a base of understanding in three essential learning sciences-neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and educational research-as a foundation to use throughout their careers. By combining all three fields of the learning sciences, the course puts the pieces into a current relevance for every learner in our classroom. The brain-based principles presented show how the brain and mind work in relation to what we know of behavior and learning in the classroom. The course covers the following: cognition and instructional design, encoding strategies and memory, neural plasticity and the basics of physical change; how nutrition, exercise, and sleep may affect learning; and the major roles that emotion, attitude, and stress play in brain function.


ArmchairEd course materials and instructions will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email, and will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process.

The course materials link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Why Neuroscience Matters in the Classroom:Principles of Brain-Based Instructional Design
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $305.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must Be Purchased separately:

Why Neuroscience Matters in the Classroom by Kathleen Scalise

Section Notes


This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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