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National Geographic’s free online courses for educators equip teachers with powerful tools to transform their classrooms. Through these courses, educators build their own skills and knowledge so they can foster the mindset of a National Geographic Explorer in their students. National Geographic online professional learning courses vary in their lengths and schedules so that busy educators can find a program that fits their needs.

Courses are open to any educator from anywhere in the world who works with students in either a formal or informal setting. In many of our courses, learners can earn graduate credits through our university partnerships. Read more about our available courses below.

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For Educators

Educator Certification

Challenge yourself to teach about the world in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. You will collaborate with inspiring educators as you generate activities centered around real-world issues and implement them with your students. You will also apply the National Geographic Learning Framework, a standards-aligned tool designed to foster an explorer’s mindset. During the course, you will contribute to discussions, write reflections, and develop a multimedia capstone project.

Audience
Formal and informal educators—any grade, any subject
Dates
January 6 - March 15, 2020
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Collecting Data to Explore Plastic Pollution in Our Communities

Follow National Geographic Explorers in the Sea to Source and Mount Everest Expeditions as they carefully collect data to track plastic pollution in the Ganges River and document climate change in Mount Everest. Hone your skills in guiding your students to design and select data collection methods that explore problems in their communities.

Audience
Formal and informal educators - all subjects, all grade levels
Dates
October 30 - December 18
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Mapping as a Visualization and Communication Tool in Your Classroom

Maps can inspire us and inform us. They help us see the world in a new way. Join National Geographic Explorers and cartographers to learn how your students can understand and create powerful maps in any classroom.

Audience
Formal and informal educators - all subjects, all grade levels
Dates
October 30 - December 11
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Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom

Follow National Geographic Explorers to the treetops of the rain forests, the reefs of Mexico, the glaciers of Iceland, and the shores of the Chesapeake Bay as they find solutions to global climate change. Practice innovative ways to visualize the changing climate with your students as we all seek a planet in balance.

Audience
Formal and informal educators
Dates
October 2–November 19
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Connecting the Geo-Inquiry Process to Your Teaching Practice

Can people from small fishing villages help protect oceans? Are cattle ranchers the key to saving the Florida panther? What can national park rangers do to improve girls’ education in Mozambique? National Geographic Explorers ask questions, collect data, and create stories that inspire others to take action. Bring these skills to your classroom with the National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process.

Audience
Formal and informal educators—any grade, any subject
Dates
October 2–November 19
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Integrating Service with Learning Goals

Curiosity and compassion drive National Geographic Explorers to the ends of Earth as they seek solutions to our trickiest problems. Empower your students to take action in their own communities as they meet curriculum goals.

Audience
All formal and informal educators with a focus on grade 5-9 subject areas
Dates
October 2–November 5