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United States History Certificate

United States History Certificate offers courses that explore the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the United States from the colonial period through the modern day. Course options provide deep exploration into the causes and consequences of the American Revolution, the ideological origins of republicanism and principles of the United States Constitution, the Lincoln presidency and Civil War, Native American culture and westward expansion, industrialization and growth, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Twenties and Great Depression, civil rights movement, and the tragedy of 9/11 and the war on terror. Through the courses in this certificate, you will not only learn about United States history, but will understand how to enhance your social studies curriculum with personal stories and creative assignments that will engage your students.

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



Learn 100% online at your own pace and advance your skills while teaching full-time.


Start any of the individual courses anytime and take up to an entire year to complete each course online. There is no time limit on when you need to complete all the required/elective courses to earn your certificate.


Whether you are a current or previous student, course instructors are available to give you individualized support.


FPU’s certificate courses take a deeper dive into literature-specific topics and emphasize time for teacher practice, engagement, and reflection.


Course instructors at FPU are veteran teachers with classroom experience and advanced degrees who are instrumental in the development of engaging courses.


Professional development courses can help you earn certifications and salary increases. Depending on the school district, some 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.