Online Education

Revolutionize your classroom with National History Day®!

National History Day has a full range of online graduate courses for middle and high school educators who want to implement our project-based curriculum into their classrooms using the framework of the National History Day Contest.

All National History Day courses provide practical advice as well as pedagogical strategies.

Along with creating classroom-ready materials customized to the needs of their students, participants also have the options of earning a certificate of professional development hours or (for an additional cost) graduate credit from the University of San Diego.

Upcoming Courses
Full Course Schedule
Upcoming Courses

Courses are designed to allow participants to work on independently-paced modules with pre-set deadlines. This allows completion at any pace, any time of day, from anywhere in the world.



Full Course Schedule

National History Day has graduate courses all year. See the entire course listing below. If you have any questions about when a course will be offered again or when registration will open, please email programs@nhd.org.


Writing and Editing for National History Day: January 23 – March 6, 2017
Course Description: One of the challenges of participating in National History Day is to help students craft and edit their writing. This course will focus on specific, classroom-ready strategies to help readers and writers at all levels craft and revise writing for ALL NHD project categories.
Course Structure: 30 hours of professional development OR 1 graduate credit
Deadlines: Weekly
Prerequisite: Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework OR 5+ years of National History Day experience
Registration for this course will open in Fall 2016.


Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework: Course dates to be determined.
Course Description: This course takes teachers and librarians through the NHD process, from choosing a topic to evaluating final products. This course is designed for new and newer NHD (middle and high school) teachers who are seeking ways to engage their students in the process. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities (about 10-12 teachers) who teach similar students. A veteran NHD teacher serves as a mentor to each section and teachers develop and refine the materials that they need to implement this framework in their classroom the very next day.
Course Structure: 90 hours of professional development OR 3 graduate credits
Deadlines: biweekly
Registration for this course will open in spring 2017.

Previous Courses:
Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework: July – August 2016
Course Description: Back by popular demand, this course takes teachers and librarians through the NHD process, from choosing a topic to evaluating final products. This course is designed for new and newer NHD (middle and high school) teachers who are seeking ways to engage their students in the process. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities (about 10-12 teachers) who teach similar students. A veteran NHD teacher serves as a mentor to each section and teachers develop and refine the materials that they need to implement this framework in their classroom the very next day.
Course Structure: 90 hours of professional development OR 3 graduate credits
Deadlines: two per week
Cost: $625 (graduate credit option), $400.00 (audit option), both include course materials
Prerequisite: none
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2016


Developing Websites to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills: August 15 – September 26, 2016
Course Description: This course is designed to help teachers use websites to teach historical thinking and critical thinking skills to students. Teachers will learn the practical skills needed to build a website using the Weebly platform and develop a model to share with their students. The course combines practical skills with hands-on experience with a focus on developing a thesis statement and supporting it with historical evidence over a website that meets the National History Day criteria.
Course Structure: 30 hours of professional development OR 1 graduate credit
Deadlines: weekly
Cost: $425 (graduate credit option), $350.00 (audit option), both include course materials
Prerequisite: Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework OR 5+ years of National History Day experience
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016


Conducting Historical Research in the National History Day Model: September 12 – December 12, 2016
Course Description: This course helps teachers dive into the NHD research process. This course will use the twentieth century Civil Rights Movement as a research focus, and teachers will choose their own topic to explore and relate back to the 2017 Taking a Stand in History theme. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities who teach similar students and have the opportunities to network, share ideas, and work through various strategies to find historical sources and strategies to help students analyze these documents. Specific strategies for writing historical papers are also addressed in this course
Course Structure: 90 hours of professional development OR 3 graduate credits
Deadlines: Weekly
Cost: $725 (graduate credit option), $500.00 (audit option), both include course materials
Prerequisite: Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework OR 5+ years of National History Day experience
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2016

Download the Graduate Course Flyer

This flyer lists the courses for 2016-2017