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Neuroscience & Education

Professional certificate

This program addresses the needs of educators who seek to broaden their skills and who require deeper knowledge of Brain-Based Learning (BBL)

THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE in neuroscience and education is a theoretical and practical training that meets the needs of society and the individual in such fields as education, community work, and mental health. Everyone who seeks to deepen their knowledge of neuroscience, as it relates to the learning process, is welcome to apply. The academic curriculum of the certificate is informed by research work on both neuroscience and education.

   Neuroscience has contributed to a better understanding of brain processes that promote learning. It provides us with concrete guidelines to maximize the consolidation of knowledge. Learning is a brain activity that occurs throughout life. Therefore, the program proposes a broader view focused on the brain function and its evolution in all stages of human life, from childhood to old age.

   The main objective of the certificate is to provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge of neuroscience and its application in learning. The theoretical approach in the curriculum ranges from neurodevelopment to higher executive functions of the brain in all stages of life. Concepts, theories, and practices that have been scientifically validated and that rest on solid research foundations are explored. The program surveys developmental and learning disabilities and ways of working in an interdisciplinary manner with other professionals to meet the needs of such situations.

   Prior to admission to the program, the aspiring participant must meet the requirements established by the academic committee and go through an interview. To complete the training, readings and assignments are specified and may require additional time to complete.

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A quality university professional certificate focused on Brain-Based Learning (BBL)

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Modality and schedules

There are two options to take this certificate: online and in person. Both offer the same level of training and are presented as alternatives to meet the different needs of professionals.


February 2024 (online with an optional in-person module)

June 2024 (online with an optional in-person module)

September 2024 (online with an optional in-person module)


The Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

Puerto Rico Health Boards (submitted for accreditation) 

THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE in Neuroscience and Education has been submitted for approval of credits by the Health Examining Boards of Puerto Rico (CR09, TO62, TO62 TO/A63, TF60 TFA61, THL58, PHL59, CP18, PSIC49). All certifications previously submitted have been approved.

Duration and credits:

3 months and 60 credits:45 EC credits + 15 individual final project credits

6 weeks of classes and 6 weeks for the final monographic scientific review work in APA format


Classes scheduled on Saturdays for the in-person module

Synchronous and asynchronous classes for online modules
The participant will be able to choose a tutor among the teachers to guide him or her and clarify doubts.
Access to digital teaching resources, the University library and extracurricular activities


Hybrid mode: 80% online (synchronous videoconferences) and 20% in person (with the option to do this 20% online if necessary)


Face-to-face module schedule

Saturday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Online module schedule

6 weeks on the virtual campus platform of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience ( with two weekly videoconferences from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm (AST, Puerto Rico time) plus the time necessary to complete the final monographic work of scientific review in APA format (6 weeks minimum)

Documentaries, videos, essential readings, and support material on the virtual campus

Synchronous and asynchronous activities

Admission requirements

Send the following documents to

  • Copy of driver's license or identity document

  • Degree certification or transcript of credits

  • Resume / Curriculum vitae

  • Motivation letter addressed to academic directors

  • Two letters of recommendation with contact information (optional)

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Neuroscience Fundamentals
  • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology

  • Behavioral neuroscience

  • Research methods in cognitive neuroscience

  • Neurodegenerative diseases

  • Cognitive reserve

  • Stress and the central nervous system

  • Neuroplasticity

  • Epigenetics

  • Mindfulness and the brain

Neuroscience and learning
  • Neurodevelopment and learning

  • Neuro-strategies in the classroom for early cognitive development

  • Assessment of executive functions at early ages

  • Inclusive neuropedagogy: From equality to equity

  • Adolescent brain development

  • The effect of alcohol and drug abuse on the adolescent brain

  • Windows of opportunity for neurocognitive development

Neurodevelopment​ I

  • Evolution and development

  • Attention and memory in the learning process

  • Language development and its disorders

  • Neurocognitive theories of dyslexia

  • Neurocognitive theories of dyscalculia

  • ADHD: Diagnosis and interventions

  • Comprehensive plan with health professionals to address learning disorders

Neurodevelopment II
  • Neurocognitive theories on autism

  • Psychomotor intervention and its impact on learning

  • Attention to students with higher abilities

  • Bilingualism and the development of executive functions

  • Developmental vs. acquired dysgraphia

  • Intervention program for dysgraphia

  • Perception and visual skills and their role in reading

Neuroscience and intelligence ​
  • Neurocognitive stimulation: from infancy to old age

  • Higher functions, frontal lobe and decision making

  • Scientific principles of the theory of multiple intelligences

  • Development of multiple intelligences in school and home environments

  • Enriching curricular programs that address multiple intelligences

  • Brain areas involved in comprehension, ToM and social responsiveness

Affective neuroscience ​
  • Affective neuroscience: Studying the neural mechanisms of emotion.

  • Evolutionary bases of basic emotions

  • Complex emotions in social interaction

  • Emotion recognition

  • Social cognition: Integrating information from social situations for appropriate responses

  • Emotional balance

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Academic Director

He studied a Master's of Arts degree (MA) in Design at Nothrumbria University in England. His interest in neuroscience led him to complete a Master of Science (MSc) in Neuroscience at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain. He worked in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Schikorski at Caribbean Central University (UCC) and completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Cognitive Neuroscience from Maimonides University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a professor at the Puerto Rico School of Fine Arts and Design where he is also the program's director.

Certificate Professors

Fabián Román, MD, Ph.D.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Margarita Marti, Ph.D.

Barcelona, Spain

Victoria Poenitz, Ph.D.

Concordia, Argentina

Anna Forés, Ph.D.

Barcelona, Spain

Dalul Ordehi, Ph.D.

Sto. Domingo, RD

Ignacio Morgado, Ph.D.

Barcelona, Spain

Mauricio Conejo, Ph.D.

San Juan Puerto Rico

Rosalba Gautreaux, Ph.D.

Sto. Domingo, RD


Rafael Guerra Narbona, Ph.D.

 Barcelona, Spain

Collaborating professors

Esther Alberca, Ph.D.

Seville, Spain

Myriam Pérez, MSc.

San Juan Puerto Rico

Liz Betancourt, Ph.D.

San Juan Puerto Rico

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