The Religious Studies and Education Certificate (RSEC) was established in 2008 and is jointly sponsored by the Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School. It is designed to provide educators in a variety of settings with a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in contexts focused on learning about religion from a nonsectarian perspective. These may include K-12 public school classrooms, college and university settings, and interfaith or multifaith endeavors.
Extension School students can earn the certificate through coursework taken solely through the Extension School. Distance learners may also earn the RSEC through the Extension School from off-campus locations. HDS students can earn the certificate in the context of their regular HDS degree program. For information about the RSEC as a Harvard Divinity School student, please see the HDS website. For information about the RSEC through Harvard Extension School, please see the Extension School website.