Elmhurst College

Graduate Studies

Graduate Certificate in Human Geography for AP®



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Human Geography for AP

Format: Online

Program Description:

Designed specifically for secondary educators, the Graduate Certificate in Human Geography for AP® focuses on teaching spatial concepts as well as basic themes, skills and perspectives of AP® Human Geography and how to apply them in the classroom. The College Board identifies 71 career areas and 20 college majors related to Human Geography.

This certificate helps the educator prepare students for their futures. In small, cohort-based classes, you’ll work with experienced educators and professionals—and receive your certificate in less than a year. The program is offered entirely online, providing the convenience teachers want—and need.


  • Provides secondary educators with lesson plans, exercises and technological application to use in their AP® Human Geography classrooms;
  • Creates a national online learning community to share and collaborate about AP Human Geography® teaching issues, as well as spatial concepts across disciplines; and
  • Affords the opportunity to publish lesson plans and/or exercises in a nationally recognized professional geography journal.

Program Format

The program is offered fully online in five eight-week sessions. Coursework runs at an accelerated pace; students complete 16 weeks’ worth of content and activities in just eight weeks. This five-course program can be completed in less than one year.

There is an option to continue coursework in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to earn a Master of Science in GIS with a Specialization in Human Geography for Advanced Placement.


Elmhurst College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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