Mindfulness for Teachers Certificate

3 Courses
Online Self-Paced

Integrate Mindfulness into Your Teaching to Create Positive and Healthy Classroom Environments

Be the Leader at Your School Promoting Mindfulness Teaching

The Mindfulness for Teachers Certificate program is designed specifically for the needs of educational professionals.  Whether brand new to the concept of mindfulness or a veteran practitioner, this certificate provides a solid foundation for program design, implementation and evaluation.  Take your classroom from drab to dynamic while future-proofing your institution by aligning with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) initiatives via step-by-step instructions for age appropriate interventions, readiness assessments, problem-solving and a wide variety of innovative mindfulness approaches with an emphasis on real-life solutions.  Learn how to engage both students and staff with meaningful activities that result in measurable outcomes, better behavior, reduced anxiety and other benefits.  Mindfulness is increasingly viewed as a cornerstone of social-emotional learning as well as a way to increase creativity and problem solving in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging educational models.  Additionally, mindfulness is an often cited methodology to assure SDG4 target goals toward sustainable, equitable education for all.

What Is Mindfulness?

According to Mindful, “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.”

Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

According to Psychology Today, there are nine essential qualities of mindfulness.  Both educators and their students can benefit from these mindfulness outcomes:

Certificate Requirements

To earn the USD professional development certificate in mindfulness teaching, students are required to successfully complete three individual courses, which can be accomplished in as few as two semesters or 6 months. Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Mindfulness for Teachers Certificate. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Introduction to the Mindful Classroom – The Art & Science of Well-being for Staff and Students [EDU-X767L] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Shannon Perez

Learn how to enhance learning, foster a positive learning environment and reduce stress with our mindfulness training for teachers course.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

The Mindful Makerspace: Cultivating Creativity, Mindfulness and Well-being through Maker Education [EDU-X770T] See details for more information 3
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This course provides you with how to intentionally create a makerspace that combines learning with mindfulness, creativity, and well-being.

Mindfulness Program Planning & Leadership [EDU-X799T] See details for more information 3
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Be ready to implement and assess mindfulness programs in your classroom, school and/or district that support mission statements and student learning.

Outside Certificate Track Courses (optional – taken individually or with certificate courses)

Course Date Units Price
Mindfulness in Action: Mindful Movements [EDU-X796T] See details for more information 1
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This course focuses on developing mindfulness activities with movement for the classroom or outside.

Mindfulness in Action: Social Emotional Integration Solution [EDU-X797T] See details for more information 1
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This course provides classroom activities that integrate Mindfulness with Social Emotional Learning to support your teaching.

Total Cost not Currently Available

Course Availability

  • EDU-X76L: Enroll Today
  • EDU-X796T: Coming February 2024!
  • EDU-X799T: Coming May 2024!
  • EDU-X770T: Coming January 2024!
  • EDU-X797T: Coming February 2024!

Online/In-Class Learning Information

Courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational.

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Independent Study

Independent Study Self-Paced: Independent study courses offer you flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster or slower than you would a traditional live course. In this online format, you may register at any time and you will have a set time period (typically 9 months) from the time of registration to complete your course. This convenient format is often helpful for:

  • Working professionals with tight schedules
  • Students who require a specific course to meet professional development or recertification requirements
  • Students living in remote locations
  • Students who cannot easily attend courses due to injury or illness
  • Students who are self-motivated and conscientious


The three courses that comprise the University of San Diego’s Mindfulness for Teachers Certificate are:

Enroll in individual courses of your choice or start the certificate program with any course to earn graduate level extension credits. Online self-paced courses are available anytime and allow for six months from enrollment date for completion. Key points about your online learning experience include the following:

*For listed courses Outside of the Certificate Track, these are presented in Independent Study self-paced format, allowing for completion within nine months of enrollment. Work individually on your assignments and submit all assignments at once for instructor evaluation/feedback.  This only applies to these courses.

What You’ll Learn

Educators who complete the online Mindfulness for Teachers Certificate program will greatly enhance their ability to:

Who Should Attend

The University of San Diego’s online Mindfulness for Teachers Certificate program is designed to engage and inspire PK-12 teachers and administrators, counselors and any other educator interested in the design, implementation and evaluation of school mindfulness programs.



The vast majority of what I learned and the resources I used, I still use in my personal and professional life.

I really enjoyed the class! Reading materials and videos were informative. Thank you

I really enjoyed the class. The instructor gave great feedback and food for thought. I am able to take what I have learned and Immediately apply it to my personal and professional life

I thought the course was excellent. I learned a lot and have a lot of tools to use in my instruction. The instructor was positive and affirming. I would definitely recommend the course to my colleagues.


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field — including adult education — are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, adult learning institutions and programs are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your teaching skill set all the more important. By growing your expertise in a wide variety of educational concepts, you will broaden your career prospects and become a valuable asset in any learning environment.

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Career Opportunities

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Anyone interested in leading other adults through trainings, workshops, or presentations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

Why USD?

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