Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

When can I register for an Online Teacher Seminar? Is there a deadline to register?

Priority registration is now open for teachers who applied to attend 2020 in-person Teacher Seminars. Upon registration, teachers will have access to seminars from June 14 to August 31.

When can I register for Q&A Sessions and Pedagogy Sessions?

Q&A and Pedagogy Session registration will be available beginning May 1.

When can I access the pre-recorded lectures for my Online Teacher Seminars?

Participants will be able to access pre-recorded lectures and quizzes beginning June 14. 

How do I sign up for an Online Teacher Seminar?

Make sure you are logged in to the Gilder Lehrman website and visit Please follow the prompts to proceed with your registration.

How do I register for Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions?

Make sure you are logged in to the Gilder Lehrman website and visit beginning on May 1. Please follow the prompts to proceed with your registration.

When are the Scholar Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions?

Scholar Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions will take place between June 14 and August 15. A more detailed schedule will be shared along with registration forms for these sessions on May 1. Please note that some scheduling is subject to change.

How do I submit questions for the Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions?

There will be some opportunities to ask questions live, but participants are highly encouraged to submit questions in advance of these sessions. You will receive more information on how to submit questions in advance once you have registered for sessions and are closer to the scheduled dates of your sessions. 

How many Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions do I have to attend?

There is no minimum or maximum number of Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions participants can attend. Upon completion of the seminar(s), participants will receive a certificate of completion for their seminar(s) as well as for the Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions attended.


Who is eligible to register for Gilder Lehrman Online Teacher Seminars?

  • All 2020 Teacher Seminar applicants who are full-time K–12 teachers of all subjects, principals, and librarians from schools in our Affiliate School Program may register for Online Teacher Seminars.
  • Curriculum specialists and district supervisors may register for Online Teacher Seminars as long as one of the schools they work with is in our Affiliate School Program.
  • National Park Service (NPS) interpreters are also eligible and are encouraged to register.

Can I participate in more than one Online Teacher Seminar?

You may register for up to two Online Teacher Seminars and participate in as many Q&A and Pedagogy Sessions as you choose.

Cost and credits

What expenses am I responsible for?

There is no cost to participate in Online Teacher Seminars in 2020.

How do I withdraw from an Online Teacher Seminar or Q&A or Pedagogy Session?

Please email to withdraw.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Points (PDPs)?

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars are generally eligible for CEU and PDP credits, but it is your responsibility to verify eligibility with your school administration or state PD office. (Please note that the Institute is an approved provider of professional development in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington State.) If you need more information to determine eligibility than is available on the Online Teacher Seminars page, please email us at

How will I receive my certificate?

Certificates of completion will be shared with participants upon completion of an online seminar (measured by viewing all lectures and passing all seminar quizzes) by August 31. Participants will receive certificates by September 15.

Can I receive graduate credit?

At this time, we are not able to offer graduate credit for our Teacher Seminars. We hope to offer graduate credit for our seminars in the near future; in the meantime, you may wish to consider taking courses in the Pace–Gilder Lehrman Institute Online MA in American History Program.


What technology will I need?

Online Teacher Seminars participants can view lectures and answer quizzes on any device with a good Internet connection, though accessing the seminars on a desktop or laptop computer works best. You will need headphones or speakers to listen to and watch the lectures.

In order to participate in the live Q&As and pedagogy sessions, which will take place on Zoom, you will need a webcam or, at least, your computer’s microphone or a smartphone with the Zoom Android or iOS application installed. There will also be an audio-only option to call in to Q&As using a phone.