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
2018 Course Schedule
Upcoming Courses

Fall 2018

Introduction to Project-Based Learning in the National History Day Framework
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 middle and high school teachers who are seeking ways to engage their students in project-based learning. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities (about 10-12 teachers) who teach similar subject areas. A veteran NHD teacher serves as a mentor to each section and teachers develop and refine classroom ready materials with this framework.
Course Structure: 90 hours of professional development OR 3 graduate credits
Deadlines: weekly
Course dates: September 10 to December 10, 2018
Cost: $650 (graduate credit option), $425 (audit option), both include course materials
Registration Deadline: August 24, 2018

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2018 Course Schedule

Summer 2018
Introduction to Project-Based Learning in the National History Day Framework
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 middle and high school teachers who are seeking ways to engage their students in project-based learning. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities (about 10-12 teachers) who teach similar subject areas. A veteran NHD teacher serves as a mentor to each section and teachers develop and refine classroom ready materials with this framework.
Course Structure: 90 hours of professional development OR 3 graduate credits
Deadlines: twice weekly (condensed summer schedule)
Course dates: July 2 to August 20, 2018
Cost: $650 (graduate credit option), $425 (audit option), both include course materials
Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018


Fall 2018
Conducting Historical Research in the National History Day Model
This course helps teachers dive into the NHD research process using the twentieth century Civil Rights Movement as a research focus. Teachers will choose their own topic related to the 2018 Conflict and Compromise in History theme. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities of teachers with similar students, providing opportunities to network, share ideas, and work through various strategies to find historical sources and help students analyze 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
Course dates: September 10 to December 10, 2018
Cost: $750 (graduate credit option), $525 (audit option), both include course materials
Prerequisites: Introduction to Project-Based Learning in the National History Day Framework OR 5+ years of NHD experience
Registration Deadline: August 24, 2018


Developing Websites and Exhibits to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills
This course is designed to help teachers use website and exhibit creation to teach historical thinking and critical thinking skills to students. Teachers will learn practical skills needed to build a website using the Weebly platform and create an exhibit to share with their students. The course combines practical skills with hands-on experience focusing on developing a thesis statement and supporting it with historical evidence that meets the National History Day Contest criteria.
Course Structure: 90 hours of professional development OR 3 graduate credits
Deadlines: weekly
Course dates: September 10 to December 10, 2018
Cost: $750 (graduate credit option), $525 (audit option), both include course materials
Prerequisites: Introduction to Project-Based Learning in the National History Day Framework OR 5+ years of NHD experience
Registration Deadline: August 24, 2018


Introduction to Project-Based Learning in the National History Day Framework
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 middle and high school teachers who are seeking ways to engage their students in project-based learning. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities (about 10-12 teachers) who teach similar subject areas. A veteran NHD teacher serves as a mentor to each section and teachers develop and refine classroom ready materials with this framework.
Course Structure: 90 hours of professional development OR 3 graduate credits
Deadlines: weekly
Course dates: September 10 to December 10, 2018
Cost: $650 (graduate credit option), $425 (audit option), both include course materials
Registration Deadline: August 24, 2018

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