Excellence in Civic Education: Teacher Development Program

Hone your craft, discuss your passion for civic education, and earn graduate credit by joining the Summer 2024 cohort of UChicago’s Excellence in Civic Education program.

U.S.Capitol building.

The University of Chicago’s Graham School is pleased to announce a continuing education opportunity to be held Summer of 2024 designed for Illinois high school educators who teach courses focused on American History, Government, or Civics.  Thanks to generous support from the Jack Miller Center, teachers selected to participate will receive full tuition scholarships.

We are offering a graduate classes this Summer for teachers titled: E Pluribus Unum?: Civic Education for a Partisan Age. The class will meet remotely via Zoom for two hours per day over the course of two weeks, for a total of 20 hours.  Each class will confer 075 University of Chicago Units (which translates to 2.5 graduate semester hours of credit).

E Pluribus Unum?: Civic Education for a Partisan Age

Instructor: Fred Beuttler
Monday through Friday | 6/17 - 6/28 | 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Remote via Zoom

Is there a common American story anymore, that can move us from many to one?  This course, especially designed for teachers, will examine the history of America from the colonial period to the present, as “contested ground” over the origins and meaning of liberty and equality and the conditions for a just and stable democratic/republican society. We will concentrate on interpretation, using secondary source texts from different political perspectives, such as the New York Times’ 1619 Project contrasted with Wilfred McClay’s Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, combined with primary source readings, as we seek to find a common meaning in America’s historical development.

Tuition & Costs

Thanks to generous support from the Jack Miller Center, participants in Summer 2024 cohort of the Excellence in Civic Education Teacher Development Program will be awarded full tuition scholarships.

While the Jack Miller Center will cover course tuition, participants will be responsible for books and will also be required to pay a one-time $100 lifetime transcript fee.


Interested teachers should email Tim Murphy to reserve their spot and receive application instructions.