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Earn needed professional development credits while expanding your knowledge and skills through a convenient online learning program.

Social Studies / History Courses for Teachers

Earn graduate-level credit | Gain confidence today | Learn to integrate social studies in your classroom

Fresno Pacific University’s 100% online professional development courses offer teachers graduate-level credit and real strategies to immediately apply in the classroom. With Fresno Pacific courses, you’ll meet rigorous curriculum requirements and certification standards in your state.

Are you ready to get excited about social studies courses on U.S. history and how past events helped shape modern society? Social studies courses for educators develop your skills teaching and engaging students in these subjects, helping them improve their critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Fresno Pacific takes teachers' education to another level, providing topic-related learning and strategies for presenting those topics in a diverse, inclusive classroom. In the area of social studies, individual courses each cover an important topic. They include immigration, slavery and the Civil Rights movement and events like 9/11, the Great Depression and the Industrial Revolution.

Historical events and large movements impact students’ lives every day. A skilled teacher can illuminate these issues, helping them better understand the ongoing evolution of human society.

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Earn a Certificate from Fresno Pacific

Educators who complete certain social studies courses can apply the credit toward earning a certificate from Fresno Pacific University. The United States History Certificate requires 15-unit credits on elective courses that focus on historical issues, events and social movements that impacted the U.S. The California History Certificate requires 15 credits earned by completing social studies courses that focus on historical events and issues that have impacted the Golden State.

Student Insights

“This course was very insightful! I recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in learning more about Boston's role in the American Revolution! Top notch!” 

“What an amazing course! Really gave great insight to the demographic makeup of America and the contribution of minority groups to the growth of America!” 

“This course was fantastic. The topics were clearly covered but still allowed you flexibility in what/how you proceeded with the course. As a result, there is so much I can take back to the classroom. The instructor was very helpful and gave excellent feedback. The self-pacing is just what educators need. Thank you!”  

Why Choose FPU For
Professional Development

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    The convenience of completing courses online allows you to increase your skills while working full time.
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    Enroll in the required and elective courses one at a time and take up to an entire year to complete each one. There is no need to visit the Fresno Pacific University Campus.
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    FPU has created a supportive online experience. Instructors are available to answer questions, give feedback, and provide guidance.
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    Pay for each course as you go through the program. There is no need to fund the cost of the certificate upfront.
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    Course instructors at FPU have classroom teaching experience and advanced degrees and are instrumental in the development of engaging courses.
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    FPU professional development courses can help you earn certifications and salary increases. Depending on your location, some school districts offer tens of thousands of dollars per year for course units.