Spring Cohort of National Geographic Educator Certification
National Geographic offers a free professional development program for formal and informal educators working with pre-K through 12th grade learners. It’s a little bit different from many other free learning opportunities because there are still performance expectations and assignments where you get real feedback from both your peers and a mentor.
From their website:
National Geographic Educator Certification is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and changemakers. These educators are part of a powerful movement to make the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond. Don’t just teach students about the world—teach them how to change it.
This course was primarily designed for educators in the U.S. and Canada who teach students in grades pre-K through 12, so it is grounded in education standards and cultural norms relevant to that context. If you teach outside of the U.S. or Canada, or if you work with learners outside this grade range, you are welcome to participate, but some adaptations may be necessary.