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United States History Certificate

Teaching United States history presents opportunities and challenges. One of those challenges is the amount of ground they must cover, from the arrival of the first settlers and the American Revolution to the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, 9/11 and its aftermath. The online history certificate program supports teachers in developing stronger history teaching skills on these and many other topics.

What Is the United States History Certificate?

By taking this history certificate program online, educators can earn needed professional development credits while expanding their teaching skills as they relate to teaching United States history on a wide variety of topics. Teachers choose from a long list of courses related to history. Completing 15 credits earns educators the United States History Certificate.

This course hits all the right spots. It is cost-effective, has relevant assignments, the instructors provide timely responses and support and I learned a lot in the process.

-Educator, Pennsylvania

I have learned and relearned so much in this course! I took this course for continuing education credits for my teaching certification and it ended up being so much better than I had even hoped! Thank you for the great course.

-Educator, Armed Forces, Europe

What Do You Learn in the United States History Certificate Program?

Courses in the United States History Certificate program delve into the political, economic, social and cultural developments that shaped the United States from the colonial period to modern-day events. In each certificate in history online course, educators explore a variety of important ideas and events:

  • The causes and consequences of the American Revolution
  • The ideological origins of republicanism and principles of the United States Constitution
  • The Abraham Lincoln presidency and Civil War
  • Native American culture and the United States’ westward expansion
  • Economic industrialization and growth
  • The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • The 1920s and the Great Depression
  • The Civil Rights movement
  • The tragedy of 9/11 and the war on terror

In addition to a deep exploration of U.S. history, courses in the certificate program also help educators enhance social studies curriculum with personal stories and creative assignments that engage students.

Benefits of Earning an Online United States History Certificate


The 100% online courses allow you to learn at your own pace and advance your skills while teaching full-time.


You can start an individual online course any time and take an entire year to complete. There is no time limit on when you need to complete all the courses to earn your certificate.


Current and previous students both receive individualized support from course instructors.


FPU’s certificate courses take a deeper dive into historic events and people. They also emphasize time for teacher practice, engagement and reflection.


FPU course instructors, veteran teachers with classroom experience and advanced degrees, are instrumental in the development of engaging courses.


Professional development courses can help you earn salary increases. Some school districts even offer thousands of dollars per year for taking courses.


Enroll in and complete at least 15 units from any of the elective courses below.
Elective Courses:

How do I obtain the certificate?

  1. Complete at least 15 units of elective courses listed above.
  2. Click to download the application form.
  3. Return completed application form to CE office, as stated on the form.
  4. Upon receipt of the completed application form, and verification of successful completion of the 15 units, the certificate is awarded and posted to the participant's transcript.