Teaching Advanced Placement

Professional Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement

Professional Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement

Online Program


18-24 months



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If you have a knack for working with high-level learners and want to boost your professional prowess, the Professional Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement® is for you. Learn how to challenge students to meet their fullest potential by providing them with an intellectual experience comparable to their freshman year at college.

Developed in collaboration with the College Board and the only one of its kind in the nation, this certificate spotlights the latest instructional strategies for teaching AP classes while providing well-informed approaches to help reinforce key actions for developing an overall successful, school-wide AP program.

Designed For

Teachers interested in teaching Advanced Placement to students at varying grade levels.

What You'll Learn

  • Effective methods for delivering instruction in AP classrooms
  • Intervention and support strategies to ensure student success
  • Ways to support AP; programs on school budget through various fiscal and grant opportunities
  • The relationship of honors and other classes that lead to AP courses
  • Legal and ethical considerations for offering AP programs
  • The role of vertical teams and how to manage them for optimal success
  • Overall grading procedures and the process and philosophy for scoring exams
  • Strategies for working with diverse student populations

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both public and private schools.

Program Overview


11 Units


6 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“These classes helped me understand the background and foundation of the Advanced Placement course. Coming from a pre-AP teacher perspective without any years of teaching AP courses yet, this familiarized me with AP Central and the formalities of the program.”

Danielle Salcido

Biology and Physics Teacher
Arlington High School
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1


Quarter 2

Foundations of Advanced Placement

EDUC X396.1

2 units

Quarter 3

Instructional Design and Management for Advanced Placement

EDUC X396.2

3 units

Quarter 4

Leadership for AP Teachers

EDUC X396.3

3 units

Quarter 5


Quarter 6

Advanced Placement Academic Content Seminar

EDUC X396.4

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“The constant changes and updates to Advanced Placement program redesign focuses on thinking skills and inquiry-based learning. This brings new energy and challenges to AP professional development. I enjoy sharing best practices and finding solutions for teachers who wish to maximize student learning.”

James K. Bokern

U.S. History Teacher and Endorsed Consultant, The College Board & AP Reader
Marshfield, Wisconsin

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