Online Teacher Professional Development

Explore the history and lessons of World War II virtually with no special technology needed! Access classroom-ready lesson plans and training, view archival video and rare artifacts, and discuss teaching strategies with experts and peers right from your device.

2022–2023 Online Teacher Professional Development Courses

Join The National WWII Museum for exclusive online teacher training courses that will bring the history and legacy of World War II to life in your classroom. During the 2022–2023 academic year, the Museum will offer two courses based on our most recent Summer Teacher Seminar programs. These courses will incorporate recorded seminar sessions not yet available anywhere else. Additionally, teachers participating in these courses will gain access to Museum collections, curricula, and staff, all from the comfort of their home. These courses are free and open to any teacher at an accredited public, charter, private, or parochial school.

The Power of Propaganda: Teaching Media Literacy Through World War II

This course will focus on teaching media literacy through the analysis of World War II propaganda. Throughout World War II, the Allied and Axis Powers created propaganda to solidify support for the war effort and distributed this propaganda through many different mediums, including posters, radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, and movies. Incorporating propaganda in the classroom, then, requires educators to not only teach the historical context of propaganda, but to teach the skills to critically analyze different forms of media. Over five modules, teachers will learn about the history behind Allied and Axis propaganda as well as best strategies to teach about historic propaganda in the classroom.

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Course Opens: January 17, 2023

Course Closes: May 2, 2023

For any additional questions or concerns about our online courses for teachers, please email Teacher Programs and Curriculum Specialist, Isabel Mann, at

Voices from the Pacific War: Teaching the Untold Stories of World War II

This course will focus on the many stories—some well-known, others too often passed over—that can help students deepen their understanding of World War II in the Pacific theater. From American Marines fighting on Iwo Jima to American Indian Code Talkers to Japanese American soldiers, this course will highlight the many voices included in the Museum’s collections and curriculum. Over five modules, teachers will learn about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, US military strategy in the Pacific, the experiences of prisoners of war, and the dropping of the atomic bombs—all through the eyes of individuals who lived through this history.

Course highlights include:

  • Lectures from top historians from The National WWII Museum
  • Access to content from Museum galleries
  • Access to high-quality curriculum and ready-to-use lessons
  • Discussion board facilitation and conversations with Museum educators
  • Connections with teachers from across the United States

Enrollment Opens: September 12, 2022

Enrollment Ends: October 23, 2022

Course Opens: October 24, 2022

Course Closes: January 9, 2023

Registration Closed