Certificate in Open Educational Practices

A Team-Based Approach 

The Certificate in Open Educational Practices is a supportive professional development experience. It inspires you to create accessible, inclusive, student-centered pedagogy. You’ll work in pairs as one librarian and one faculty member, collaborating to make education more equitable and sustainable through innovative pedagogy. 

In the year-long program, our instructors will introduce open educational practices and work with you to create a personalized action plan. The action plan will become your customized map for implementing an impactful open educational practice project with your students the following term. 
“The culminating project that resulted from the scaffolded guidance provided across the Certificate in OEP has transformed my general psychology course."

Victoria Taylor
Associate Professor of Psychology
Prince George's Community College

“The Certificate in Open Educational Practices provides a framework for using OER to promote social justice and equity in the classroom in ways that resonate with many of our faculty.”  

Michael Shochet
Interim Dean of the Library
University of Baltimore

“Collaborating with colleagues from throughout the nation provided a unique experience in community and strategy building.”

Juanita Doyon
Online Communication Studies Instructor
Clark College

Application for the 2024 cohort is closed. If you'd like a closer look at the curriculum for this program, you're welcome to review the public version of the course. And be sure to sign up on our 2025 Interest List to receive an email in fall '24 with specifics on the next cohort. 

Program Specifics

Based upon grant funding, we are planning to offer the Certificate in Open Educational Practices in the spring with a nine-week online course. Estimated time commitment is 4-6 hours per week. Interaction will be asynchronous with occasional synchronous meetings. 


The inaugural Fall 2022 program was provided at no cost to participants thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There's no cost for the 2024 program because we are covered by the IMLS Grant. Thank you, IMLS! 

Applicant Eligibility

The Certificate in Open Educational Practices is open to all higher education faculty and librarians. Membership in the Open Education Network is not required. You must apply as a faculty/librarian team, and demonstrate:
  • Interest in open education
  • Desire to make learning more equitable and inclusive
  • Commitment to the year-long program
  • Desire to improve curriculum or support curriculum revision through the power of open pedagogy and the agency to do so
  • Ability to implement revised curriculum the following academic year


During the summer, you will refine your curriculum based upon the plan you completed during the online course. The following fall, you will implement your revised curriculum with the support of the instructional team and your partner. 

Certificate Instructors

Our instructors are experienced open education leaders who offer you a supportive learning experience. Meet current instructors of the Certificate in Open Educational Practices by visiting Community Leaders.

Although not current certificate instructors, this group played a significant role in developing the curriculum: Racheal Brooks, North Carolina Central University; Michael Cawdery, Leeward Community College; Hannah Davidson, Plymouth State University; and Jasmine Roberts-Crews, The Ohio State University.

Additional Information

Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information. You can also contact Tanya Grosz, Director of Educational Programs.


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