National Geographic Educator Certification Practicum

The National Geographic Educator Certification is a professional development program of the National Geographic Society. National Geographic Educator Certification is for informal and formal preK - Grade 12 teachers who are passionate about teaching their students about the world and equipping them to be explorers, conservationists, and global citizens.

Learn more about the NGCE at: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/educator-certification/program-requirements

The South Dakota Discovery Center is offering 1.5 CEUs and 1 graduate workshop credit for becoming a National Geographic Certified Educator. The requirements for each is below.

Continuing Education Hours (CEUs)

Earn 1.5 CEUs.

  1. Complete all the requirements of certification.
  2. Send a link to your Capstone submission to Anne.
  3. Forward the email from National Geographic confirming your certification to Anne.
  4. You will receive a certificate for 15 contact hours/1.5 CEUs from the South Dakota Discovery Center.

Graduate Workshop Credit

Earn 1 credit from the University of Sioux Falls.

  1. Contact Anne to confirm your participation. You will be directed on how to register for credit.
  2. Complete all the requirements of certification.
  3. Check in twice with Anne, once between Phase 1 and Phase 2 and again between Phase 2 and Phase 3.
  4. Participate in the online community a minimum of 6 times.
    1. Initiate three posts: Teaching mission, Capstone share, and a relevant resource or opportunity.
    2. Respond to three other posts.
  5. Send a link to your completed Capstone submission to Anne .
  6. Forward the email from National Geographic confirming your certification to Anne .

Phase 1 Training

The South Dakota Discovery Center can deliver Phase 1 training as a stand alone 1-2 hour workshop or it can be embedded in a longer workshop as a working lunch or dinner.

Please check the South Dakota Discovery Center's Professional Development page for upcoming opportunities that feature Phase 1 training.