National Geographic

Educator Certification (Beta)

Join a professional development program for formal and informal Pre-K-12 educators inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and global citizens.

Do you believe in empowering students to think like explorers? In building geographic competency across disciplines? In inspiring students to be global thinkers who can change the world? If so, you’re in good company here. Thank you for volunteering to be beta testers of the National Geographic Educator Certification program.

The program seeks to inspire educators to teach students about the world in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. The experience will provide you with professional recognition and development; connections and community with like-minded educators; and relationships, resources, and perks with National Geographic. 

Program Requirements

Browse the three phases of the Educator Certification program below. Find the full program requirements here.

PHASE 1: Certification Workshop

The Phase 1 workshop is rooted in National Geographic’s Learning Framework. The Learning Framework is built around attitudes, skills, and knowledge sets that encourage students to think like explorers. We hope you’ll carry the concepts from the Phase 1 workshop through every stage of the program and beyond.

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PHASE 2: Classroom Activities

In Phase 2, you should complete two classroom activities that draw upon your knowledge of the National Geographic Learning Framework (introduced in Phase 1). We challenge you to to teach your students about our interconnected world in ways you may not have tried before.

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PHASE 3: Capstone Project

Your capstone project should tell the story of your students’ learning in a visual and creative way. We want to know how your chosen activities reflects the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of the National Geographic Learning Framework—and how it fits in with your personal identity, values, or philosophy as a teacher!

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