Join us for the City Museum's P Credit courses for educators featuring leading historians, engaging gallery tours, and hands-on workshops. Read more below for details about the courses and how to register.

General Information


The Museum of the City of New York offers Professional Credit (P Credit) Courses throughout the year. These courses are open to all educators.

P Credit in-service courses are offered in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education’s After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) and can be applied towards teachers' 30+ salary differential. ASPDP courses may also be used by teachers and paraprofessionals toward the NYS 175 hours of Professional Development requirement, as long as their principal approves. For more information on DOE salary differentials, please visit their website.

For information about how to register, please see the section "Course Registration Details" below.

Course Information


Monday, July 13 – Saturday, July 18, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bring New York City's unique history to life through exhibitions, artifacts, primary sources, and dialogue! From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Learning New York City History In-Depth provides a survey of the city's history through the collections and exhibitions of the Museum of the City of New York, historian lectures, walking tours, and hands-on workshops. The emphasis of the course is on providing teachers with content knowledge and pedagogic tools to engage their students in the study of their own city. The course spans topics such as Mannahatta (a Lenape settlement), Dutch New Amsterdam, immigration, the evolution of transportation, urban planning, and social activism. During each session, participants will use the City Museum’s collection of primary sources as a vehicle for developing techniques to enhance students’ observational skills and improve their descriptive language and expository writing while making personal connections to the past. Drawing from the Danielson Rubric and the Common Core State Standards, participants will learn strategies such as interpreting information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7), and use them to enhance language while understanding and remembering history. Participants will learn strategies for designing their own Museum lessons, create pre- and post-visit activities based on the Museum’s exhibitions, and discover ways of utilizing the Museum resources. Participants will also receive regular feedback from the facilitator and their peers as they hone their lesson plans (Danielson.4E). At the conclusion of the institute, each participant will have created three lesson plans and will leave with a handbook of original activities created by their peers.

Registration for Course 1: MANNAHATTA TO MANHATTAN is now closed.


Section 1: Monday, July 20 – Saturday, July 25, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm SOLD OUT

Section 2: Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pmSOLD OUT

In this dynamic six-day program, participants will learn how to use the camera to capture their personal relationship to New York City while learning the history behind some of the city’s most iconic structures and places. Each participant will be provided with a high-quality camera for use during the program. Capturing the City through the Camera will expose educators to a blend of history, urban observation, and the art and practice of photography. Participants will learn about a variety of techniques and processes, including point-of-view, cyanotype prints, and portraiture. Throughout the course, educators will view and discuss photographs both from the Museum’s collection and those taken by each other. Educators will hone their skills through observation and discussion, enriching and improving their own work each day. At the end of the course, participants will curate their best photographs and combine them with photographs from the Museum’s collection to form their final projects. Each participant will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s collections via exhibitions and behind-the-scenes archive and digital lab tours and will gain experience using digital cameras to develop their compositional skills considering the lighting, framing, perspective, and tone of the images they produce. In addition to photographing the major components of the city, such as buildings, parks, landmarks, and people, participants will study important photographers such as Jacob Riis, Berenice Abbott, and Stanley Kubrick. Each session will focus on one of these subjects and will incorporate a viewing of important works from the Museum’s renowned photography collection, lively discussions, guest visits from curators, neighborhood field trips with exciting photographic projects, and sharing sessions to present participant work.


July 20-July 25 is now sold out.

July 27-August 1 is now sold out.


Monday, August 10 – Saturday, August 15, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

P Credit Registration for this course will close on Sunday, August 2, 2015. If you are interested in registering for this course after this date, please call 917.492.3492 or email

New York City has never been known as a place where people keep their views to themselves. Not only do New Yorkers speak their minds, they also have a long history of mobilizing around issues they believe in. The city’s abundant energy for social change emerges in part from its history as a place where people from all over the nation and the world converge. Taking a Stand features historian presentations, discussions with activists, exhibition explorations and tours, and hands-on workshops – all focusing on bringing the history of social activism into the present. Each day of the course will feature a morning presentation highlighting issues such as civil rights, food justice, music as activism, environmental activism, and gay rights followed by gallery tours and discussions with contemporary activists. Participants will have time during the day to create lesson plans and will present their lesson plans during the midterm and finals. The course will draw on the Common Core State Standards to engage participants in strategies for implementing course content in the classroom. In order to ensure that the teachers get the most out of the content delivered and the pedagogy skills modeled, at the end of each day participants will work either individually or in pairs to create a hands-on, interactive activity for their students. The activities they create will eventually be part of their midterm and final projects and will also be part of a final portfolio they will receive at the end of the session. Participants will be asked to reference specific components of the Danielson Rubric illustrated by their lesson plans. By participating in the course, grade 2-12 educators will learn how to teach the study of social activism from multiple viewpoints, examining opposing sides of complex debates and charting the diverse perspectives that existed within activist movements.

Registration for Course 4: TAKING A STAND is a two-step process. Please see "Course Registration Details" below.
Step 1: Register for P Credit and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP Course Fee of $125 through the ASPDP course catalog here. Please be sure that you are registering for Course Code: P26.209.1SS15: Taking a Stand: New York City Activism in the 20th Century.
Step 2: Register through the City Museum and pay the educational partner and materials fee of $250 through our ticketing website: Register for Course 4: Taking a Stand.
Questions? We're happy to help. Please email or call 917.492.3492.

Course Registration Details

P Credit In-Service courses offered through the Department of Education and partnering institutions are high-quality courses that may be applied to salary differential requirements and to the NYS 175 hour professional development requirement to maintain Professional Certification.

The offerings support educators as they work toward aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with Common Core State Standards.

For more information about P Credit Courses, visit the ASPDP's website here.
For more information about Professional Development at the Museum of the City of New York, contact EY Zipris at

Course Payment Details:

Step 1. ASPDP Fee: To be eligible for NYC DOE P-credits for these courses, participants must register and pay the ASPDP fee directly through ASPDP. Participants must visit to complete the registration, where participants can either create an account or log on to their existing ASPDP account, then choose the “Enroll & Pay for Courses” link. Any participant who does not complete this enrollment process on the ASPDP website by the registration close date will not be eligible for P-credits. Please email ASPDP at should you need more information.

Step 2. City Museum Course Fee: All participants must register directly with the City Museum to ensure their spot in the course. Registration links for each course are above. Participants may pay the Educational Partner fee to the City Museum online, over the phone, by check or money order, or through their school via purchase order or check. If you do not register through this website you must call 917.492.3492 or email to request a spot in the course. Please make checks and money orders payable to Museum of the City of New York.

Please note that registration and payment on the ASPDP website and the City Museum website are two separate steps. Registration on the ASPDP website is required first in order to receive P credit, but all participants must register through the City Museum. If you are interested in taking the course and do not need P Credit, you may register using "Step 2" only. 

City Museum P Credit Cancellation Policy:

Withdrawals and Refunds: The ASPDP's refund policy requires a three week minimum, and may be found here.

Cancellation of Course: The City Museum requires a minimum of 8 registered participants per P Credit Course. If fewer than 8 register, the City Museum reserves the right to cancel the course and refund the Educational Partner fee.