Online Microcredential in Psychology & Mental Health

Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

Develop skills to design inclusive teaching, learning and assessment activities that enhance student mental health and wellbeing.

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Develop your teaching strategies to promote positive student mental health

Growing numbers of students at schools and universities are experiencing mental health issues.

The act of learning can be extremely positive for student mental wellbeing, but it can also exacerbate or even cause mental health difficulties. Though there have been calls for action on mental health made globally, there’s little guidance in this area.

On this microcredential, you’ll learn how to embed mental wellbeing in your teaching. You’ll discover how to apply inclusive teaching strategies and learn how to design appropriate learning activities that are conducive to students’ mental health.

What skills will you learn?

  • Inclusive curriculum design
  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Supporting learning
  • Designing learning activities
  • Designing inclusive assessment
  • Designing for accessibility
  • Improving student mental health
  • Teaching

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different ways in which mental health is defined and discussed and of the relationship between mental health and learning in diverse global contexts.
  • Design teaching, learning and assessment activities that promote mental wellbeing and are conducive to positive mental health.
  • Identify some of the barriers to embedding mental health into the curriculum and the ways in which they might be managed.
  • Evaluate existing curriculum content and identify potential impacts, positive and negative, on student mental health.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

This teacher training microcredential is designed for anyone with a strong interest in teaching and learning.

You do not have to be a practising teacher to take this microcredential and no prior knowledge of educational theory is assumed.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential has a global focus and the skills you’ll learn will be relevant for learners from countries around the world.

It is specifically intended for teachers, trainers, learning designers, educational technologists, heads of department and institution leaders in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges, universities, and workplace learning settings.

Please note this microcredential closes for enrolment 16 March 2020.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential.

  • Before learning

    You'll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with learners and read information about your microcredential. You’ll receive the course materials prior to the course start date so you can familiarise yourself with the content of Week 1 before you start.
  • Course

    From 30 Mar 2020

    Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

    Develop your skills in embedding student mental health and wellbeing in teaching, learning, assessment and peer support activities

    10 weeks
    10 hours per week
  • After learning

    Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University. You’ll have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. You’ll earn transferable academic credit to build towards a full degree, or your microcredential can stand alone as an independent qualification.

Learn online with a leading university

Complete online courses led by expert tutors over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited qualification.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Learn more about the Common Microcredential Framework

Career-focused learning by The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Delivered by expert academics

Leigh-Anne Perryman

Leigh-Anne Perryman

I'm Qualification Director for The Open University's Masters in Online and Distance Education. I'm also an academic, researching the impact of openness, and gender equity, in the developing world.

Kate Lister

Kate Lister

I manage inclusive practice at the Open University, and co-lead Advance HE's Mental Health in the Curriculum project. My expertise is in accessibility, inclusive pedagogy and mental health.

Simon Ball

Simon Ball

Consultant researcher on accessibility, online learning and educational technologies. Open University tutor on two modules of Masters in Online and Distance Education and one Computing module.

Tim Coughlan

Tim Coughlan

Lecturer in Educational Technology at The Open University, researching the design of technologies for inclusion, creativity and open learning.

When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear from an enrolment advisor about future runs and updates.

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Frequently asked questions

We can accept payments made by card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or PayPal via our online system.

You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

Microcredentials are stand-alone products, designed to meet specific learner and employer needs and offer a credential ‘in their own right’. However, those awarded by the Open University do have a credit value at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and so may indeed be used towards qualifications (eg a Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma of Higher Education or Post Graduate Certificate) at the Open University, or potentially at another University (subject to the agreement of the receiving institution).

To get your microcredential credit recognised towards a qualification at the Open University, see our Credit transfer information. Please note that, at the time of writing, credit transfer at the Open University is only possible in multiples of 30 credits (ie two 15-credit micro-credentials, or three 10-credit micro-credentials). Different institutions will have their own policies. As the Open University expands our microcredential offer, we will recognise smaller credit chunks and update our credit transfer policies, so there will be various opportunities to use your microcredential towards a qualification in the future if you so choose.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.