Do you believe in empowering and inspiring students to think like explorers? In building geographic competency across disciplines? In transformative professional development that will make you and your learners into global thinkers who can change the world? If so, sign up to join the fall cohort of the Educator Certification Program, launching on September 10, 2018!
The Educator Certification program will equip educators with the resources and training needed to teach students about the world in innovative, interdisciplinary ways. Through this program, educators will learn about the National Geographic mission, how to teach interdisciplinarily through various scales and perspectives, and the National Geographic Learning Framework -- all while applying these ideas to their own work and collaborating with educators worldwide. Benefits of certification include professional recognition; connection to a community of like-minded educators; and access to resources, mentorship, and leadership opportunities with National Geographic.
The Educator Certification program consists of three phases:
A virtual workshop where you will connect with other educators and take a deep dive into the National Geographic Learning Framework and the thousands of educational resources and opportunities available to you
Two activities you will develop and enact in your teaching environment, which will apply the National Geographic Learning Framework and use National Geographic teaching resources
A capstone project, which will tell the story of the impact the activities had on your learners, and demonstrates your professional growth
Our program is primarily designed for Pre-K-12 educators who work in formal or informal settings in the United States and Canada. However, it is open to interested participants worldwide. Please note that all certification materials and deliverables are in English at this time.
This program is free!
Certification can be done fully online. At times, the phase 1 workshop is offered in person (i.e. at conferences), in which case participants can sign up for the next cohort and pick up online at phase 2.
To enroll in the workshop and complete the capstone you need a computer or mobile device and internet connection.
Certification in total takes 15-20 hours. Once you enroll, we will provide recommendations for deadlines, but you are welcome to complete the program at your own pace.
Click here to sign up for the fall cohort, which runs September 10–November 30, 2018.
No, your certification status will remain intact. Thank you for being among the first Nat Geo Certified Educators and helping us to shape the program!
Pick up where you left off on our Certification Beta page. (Please note: this page will be retired in summer 2018, so be sure to wrap up before then, or let us know if you want to join the September cohort!)