Join our flexible online mindfulness course for teachers.

Learn how to implement a safe and effective mindfulness strategy for children, to enhance learning and wellbeing.

Now that wellbeing is part of the UK and Scottish curriculum, mindfulness in schools is growing in popularity. As teachers, we need to understand the wider implications of bringing mindfulness into the classroom, and how we can do so safely.

This course takes you through fundamental mindfulness principles and theory so you can evaluate and deliver these techniques in your classroom with confidence.

We’ll help you differentiate between the apps, resources, information and misinformation to build an evidenced and ethical approach to using mindfulness with your pupils.

  • You’ll cover the research base for, science behind, and impacts of a range of common practices.
  • You’ll discover how to integrate mindfulness into processes, policies and pedagogy in the classroom. 
  • And you’ll learn to build a mindful teacher presence to enhance learning and address teacher stress. 

Course options

You can choose between a credit-bearing version of this course with assessments, and a zero-credit version without assessments.

You can use the credits you earn on the credit-bearing course towards our MSc Studies in Mindfulness and Mindfulness Professional Recognition, a qualification recognised by the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS).

Who is this online mindfulness course for?

This course is for all teachers interested in using mindfulness to enhance learning and wellbeing in their classrooms.

It’s ideal for those working in, or keen to work in:

  • education, healthcare or social care involving children.

Why study mindfulness online with the University of Aberdeen?

What you’ll study

Mindfulness in the Classroom is divided into six modules. They blend academic and experiential learning, enabling you to both understand and experience mindfulness.

The six modules you’ll study are:

  • Cultivating Mindfulness
  • Cultivating Heartfulness
  • Mindful Teacher Presence
  • Integrating Mindfulness
  • Best Practice Mindfulness
  • Mindful Wellbeing in the Classroom.

You’ll explore a range of mindfulness and heartfulness practices. You’ll examine their purpose, method, benefits and underpinning science. This will help you evaluate apps and organisations that provide mindfulness resources and strategies for the classroom.

You’ll develop skills and awareness of best practice to safely and effectively integrate mindfulness into your classroom, enhancing learning and wellbeing.

With your tutors’ help, you’ll also learn to apply mindfulness to your presence in the classroom, supporting the development of good relationships.

Carry out valuable research

If you choose the credit-bearing version of the course, you’ll also complete a professional enquiry report into mindfulness in the classroom. You’ll carry out either:

  • a piece of work-based research, or
  • an in-depth literature review of an area of mindfulness that interests you.

This will support your professional learning, and give you the opportunity to contribute useful research to this emerging field.

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

  • Describe the purpose, benefits and science behind a range of mindfulness practices.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of a range of mindfulness resources and apps by drawing on neurobiological research.
  • Apply your understanding of best practice in mindfulness to the safe and effective implementation of mindfulness and wellbeing in your classroom.
  • Apply your learning to the development of your own mindful presence and professional practice in the classroom.
  • Positively impact relationships with peers and pupils and address stress through mindful presence.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Mindfulness in the Classroom course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world without a visa, and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos, including video lectures to stream and download
  • interactive learning materials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

University staff will guide you through six course modules with recordings of lectures and guided practices. You can engage with these at your own pace.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from mindfulness experts from our School of Education. You’ll also learn from your fellow students. You’ll be studying online alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds who may be based all over the world, giving you unique insight into educational practices around the globe.

Learning resources

All essential resources are included in your tuition fee. They will be available online and you do not have to buy your own copies. We also provide optional recommended reading lists. Some of these resources are available electronically through our library, although optional purchases may be required if you wish to read the full list.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

If you choose the ‘learning and assessment’ option, you’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) when you complete this course successfully. You can use these credits towards further learning, including:

Find out about credits.


If you’re a teacher and complete the credit-bearing version of this course, you can use it towards professional recognition in Mindfulness with the General Teaching Council.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours.

Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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