Course Description

Travel America and Bring Back the Greatest Souvenir-- Purpose for the Classroom

Explore our country by visiting a specific place (actually or virtually) to acquire new knowledge and resources to enhance your teaching. This course allows K-14 educators to purposely discover the richness of our nation’s resources and turn those findings into valuable teaching enhancements to promote the real world connection with students. This course encourages the concept of lifelong learning via exploration and self-motivation. This course requires either creating a new lesson plan or augmenting a current one that combines your newfound knowledge and/or materials. Museums, national and/or state parks, businesses, memorials, presidential libraries, and cultural learning centers are just a few ideas that can help maximize learning opportunities for you and your students. Discover America by bringing meaning to your travels! This course can be taken multiple times by choosing a subsequent course number each time, and a different location to visit for each course.


  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • A Nature Reserve, Florida
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Georgia
  • One of the Spanish Missions, California
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois

Activities include:

  • Rationale - Written Assignment (Pre-Trip)
  • Gathering and Curating Resources for Multi-Media Enhancement for Lesson Plan (During Trip)
  • Travel Learning Evaluation Letter - Written Assignment (Post-Trip)
  • Create and/or Enhance a Lesson Plan and Include Choice of One Multi-Media Enhancement (Post-Trip)

Learner Outcomes

  • Recognize how your travel learning aligns with teaching standards
  • Rejuvenate or add to content knowledge in a particular subject matter by visiting one or more resourceful locations (actually or virtually) throughout the United States
  • Research and add primary resources and experiences into the classroom
  • Design or augment a lesson plan that incorporates newly discovered teaching resources to complement curriculum
  • Document your travel learning
  • Use explorational resources to promote lifelong learning and travel with students

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-14) who want to incorporate teacher resources, discovered in their U.S. travels, into their teaching to enhance student learning and motivate lifelong learning.

Required Materials: Course instructions will be available to you in your student account upon enrollment. Any travel expenses and/or entry fees are the responsibility of the student.



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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $134 credit (1 units) $134.00
Available for Extension Credit
1 units
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