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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The Open UniversityThe Open University

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Mental Health FoundationMental Health Foundation

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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.

The World Health Organisation reported that 10-20% of children globally experience mental disorders and half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14. Although 98% of surveyed teachers had come into contact with pupils experiencing mental health issues, only 46% received mental health training.

Help young people develop resilience in the modern world, and get the training you need to support mental health in your classroom.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

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.

All teaching is in English, and your proficiency in the language needs to be adequate for undergraduate study. If English is not your first language we recommend you can achieve an IELTS score of at least seven.

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.


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

    • Week 1

      Introduction to mental health, wellbeing and learning

      Week 1 covers:

      • Welcome to the course
      • About the course
      • Perspectives on mental health and wellbeing
      • Week 1 review
    • Week 2

      Barriers to student mental health in teaching and learning

      Week 2 covers:

      • Exploring mental health and learning
      • Barriers to learner wellbeing: Identity, belonging, motivation and powerlessness
      • Barriers to learner wellbeing: Self-esteem, perfectionism, anxiety and concentration issues
      • Week 2 Review
    • Week 3

      Diverse learners and their wellbeing

      Week 3 covers:

      • The danger of a single story
      • Culture, discrimination, stigma and the educator's role
      • Addressing mental health through curriculum content
      • Week 3 summary
    • Week 4

      Designing learning: Multiple means of engagement

      Week 4 covers:

      • Designing for diverse learners
      • Social justice, education and wellbeing
      • Multiple means of engagement: Autonomy and choice
      • Learning outcomes and wellbeing
      • Week 4 summary
    • Week 5

      Representing learners' backgrounds and developing strong communities

      Week 5 covers:

      • Learner engagement: Recruiting interest
      • Learning together: Positive relationships and strong communities
      • Learning together: Group work
      • Week 5 summary
    • Week 6

      Multiple means of expression: Assessment and feedback

      Week 6 covers:

      • Introduction to student assessment
      • Inclusive, transformative assessment
      • Assessment design for wellbeing
      • Feedback and wellbeing
      • Week 6 summary
    • Week 7

      Technology and learner wellbeing

      Week 7 covers:

      • Educational technology, ICT and learner wellbeing
      • Assistive technology and apps
      • Online learning and social media
      • Week 7 summary
    • Week 8

      Institution-wide approaches to learner wellbeing

      Week 8 covers:

      • Introduction to institution-wide approaches to wellbeing
      • Schools-based case studies
      • Higher education and work-based learning
      • Barriers to implementing wellbeing-focused approaches
      • Week 8 summary
    • Week 9

      Innovative pedagogies and learners' wellbeing

      Week 9 covers:

      • Introduction to innovative pedagogies and wellbeing
      • Open pedagogies and wellbeing
      • Playful learning and wellbeing
      • Places, senses, wonder and wellbeing
      • Week 9 summary
    • Week 10

      Conclusion and preparing your assessment

      Week 10 covers:

      • Assessment overview
      • Important guidance about your assessment
      • Thank you and good luck!
  • 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

Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. The assessment will require you to evaluate a sample lesson plan for its impact on learners’ mental health and wellbeing, and revise the plan to be more conducive to student wellbeing. You will also summarise your reflections on the course and its impact for your own practice or studies, drawing on the reflection portfolio you develop during the course (total maximum 1,500 words).

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. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts 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 credential.

Advance further in your career

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

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

This microcredential is endorsed by Mental Health Foundation

The Foundation has provided a comprehensive review of the course content, as well as providing supplementary learning materials and practical, realistic examples to enhance core learning content.

Delivered by experts

I lead The Open University's Online and Distance Education programme. My research specialisms include the impact of open pedagogies on learning and wellbeing, and gender equity in the developing world

I lead on inclusive curriculum practice at the Open University and co-lead Advance HE's Mental Health in the Curriculum projects. My research is in inclusive, accessible pedagogy and mental health.

I'm an Open University tutor and consultant researcher, specialising in inclusive online learning, and educational technologies & mental health. I’ve also written OU course materials on these topics.

I'm a Lecturer in Educational Technology at The Open University, researching the design and evaluation of technologies for inclusion, participation and accessibility in learning.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The Open University. My research spans several psychological domains, including: mental health & wellbeing, eHealth, neurotoxicology and applied cognitive psychology.

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    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. Those awarded by The Open University have a credit value at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, and this may in the future be used towards qualifications (for example, a Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma of Higher Education or Postgraduate Certificate) at The Open University, or potentially at another university (subject to the agreement of the receiving institution).

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