If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Part I: Self-Paced Course Purchase and Access

How do I sign up for a course?
The 15 courses we currently offer are located here. Click the icon of the course that interests you, which will take you to the course’s information page. From there, you can purchase the course by clicking the “Buy Now” button. You will be granted immediate access to the course after purchase.

How can I take advantage of the Affiliate price?
All K–12 teachers are eligible to purchase Self-Paced Courses for $24.99, a 15% discount. If you are already an Affiliate School teacher, please click the “Buy Now (Affiliate)” button on each course information page to locate your Affiliate School by zip code. If you are a K–12 teacher who is not yet part of the Affiliate School Program, please sign in (or create an account), then visit our Affiliate School Program page to sign up.

I just purchased a Self-Paced Course. How do I access it?
You can access your Self-Paced Course by signing in to your Gilder Lehrman account (or creating one using the same email you entered at check-out), then visiting the Community tab at the top of the website. Your course should be listed under “My Courses.” If your course is not listed, please email us at [email protected].

How long does it take to finish a course?
It takes approximately 15 hours to complete each Self-Paced Course, with the exception of Alexander Hamiltons America, which takes 8 hours to complete. This includes the time it takes to watch all video lectures and pedagogy sessions, and complete all course quizzes. However, there is no time limit for finishing a course.

What materials do I need to start a course?
Self-Paced Courses do not require purchase of any additional books or materials. All course quizzes are based entirely on the lectures, and the purchase of any supplementary materials is completely optional. 

Part II: Course Completion and Professional Development Credit

Does the course have a time limit or expiration date?
There are no time limits, deadlines, or expiration dates for Self-Paced Courses. You can take as long as you need to complete a course—you can even begin a course, take a break, and finish it at a later date. Course materials will also be available indefinitely, even after the course is completed.

Where do I download my certificate of completion?
After finishing your course by scoring 80% or higher on each quiz, you will find a “Click here to download your certificate” link under the last quiz, as shown here:

This generalized certificate lists your name, course title, and number of credit hours earned. If the name on your certificate is wrong, or you require more detailed documentation, please email [email protected].

How can I obtain professional development credit hours for completing a course?
Each Self-Paced Course is equivalent to 15 contact hours of professional development credit (except Alexander Hamiltons America, which includes 8 contact hours). Most teachers are able to use either the certificate of completion or a more detailed letter of completion (obtained by emailing us) to receive credit for the course. If you are a teacher in New York, Massachusetts, or Texas, please email [email protected] to obtain a letter of completion with our state PD registry number and the required course information, which will ensure you receive professional development credit. 

Part III: Graduate Credit

Can I earn graduate credit for Self-Paced Courses?
We do not offer graduate credit for Self-Paced Courses, although you may be able to get profession development credits (see question above). If you are interested in graduate credit, please visit our Online Course page.

What is the difference between Self-Paced Courses and Online Courses?
Self-Paced Courses are adaptations of online graduate courses taught in previous semesters that can be taken at any time and pace. Each course provides all of the graduate-level lectures, supplementary videos, resources, and reading lists that were included in the original online graduate course, but does not have writing assignments, deadlines, or grades, only a series of short quizzes.

Online Courses can be taken for credit toward the Adams State University MA in Humanities with a US History Emphasis. In these courses, students work with both leading scholars in the field and experienced instructors, and complete readings and graded assignments over the course of a semester. The courses give students the opportunity to learn in real-time as well as to connect with scholars and colleagues.