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Professional Development

NCMA offers professional development programs that support educators across North Carolina as they connect across disciplines through art. Sign up to receive our email newsletter twice a month. Check the events page for upcoming offerings. View our program overviews below. Read more about our approach to school and teacher programs and brainstorm your own ideas in our new program brochure!

We are offering a variety of onsite and online programs to provide opportunities to acquire CEUs. This year, we are using the concepts of identity, place, and power to explore ideas and works of art from many time periods and cultures. See programs available for registration on the upcoming events page.


Onsite Programs

Tuesday, October 4: Educator Expo

Saturday, November 19: Art21 and the NCMA–Connecting with Contemporary Art

Saturday, April 22: Half-day educator workshop exploring place

Friday, June 16: Educator workshop exploring power


Virtual Programs

Our virtual workshops and webinars are interactive, interdisciplinary, and free. Participants who complete a survey following a webinar are eligible to receive .1 CEU with prior approval from their school system. Visit our webinar page for more info on past and upcoming programs.


Tuesday, October 18: Exploring Identity through the People’s Collection

Tuesday, February 7: Exploring Place through the People’s Collection

Tuesday, May 16: Exploring Power through the People’s Collection


Online Courses

Online courses for educators are offered several times during the year.


Art and Global Learning (October 6 through December 6, 2022)

This self-paced online course (open October 11 through December 6) uses works of art from the Museum’s collection as a pathway to understanding global issues and developing cross-cultural understanding. More info.


Art and Science Minicourses (January 10 through March 7, 2023)

These mini-courses focus on the connections between art and science. Participants explore topics through inquiry-based learning in an online community while gaining valuable classroom connections. Minicourses include Art and the Science of Looking, Art and Systems, Art and Physics, Art and Ecology, and Art and Nature.


Art and SEL (March 28, 2023 through June 6, 2023)

Art and SEL will introduce educators to art-based strategies that will support them in developing inclusive classroom environments based on the core competencies of social and emotional learning (SEL). In this self-paced, 15-hour course, educators will engage in the transformative process of SEL by exploring themes of Mindfulness, Identity, Perspective Sharing, Community Building, and Agency and participate in experiences that model growth and development of justice-oriented, global citizens.


Teacher Tuesdays

Educators enjoy exclusive free access to our special exhibitions in East Building on Teacher Tuesdays. These special events take place once per semester on a Tuesday from 4 pm to 7 pm.


Fall Date: Tuesday, November 15

Spring Date: Tuesday, March 28


Professional Development for Your Organization

Strengthen your district’s professional development plan by scheduling a session for your staff with the NCMA. Let the Museum become your (real or virtual) classroom. Sessions are open to all disciplines and grade levels. Email us to explore your options.


Onsite Programs

1-2 hour sessions are free.

Open to groups of 10 or more.

Reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance.

Availability based on schedules and COVID safety considerations for in-person programming.


Online Programs

30-60 minute videoconferences are free.

Open to groups of 10 or more.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and are based on availability.


Independent Studies

Independent Studies are the NCMA’s version of micro-credentials, a form of personalized, self-directed professional development in which teachers demonstrate mastery of a specific topic or approach to learning. Independent Studies are housed online and do not require onsite attendance at programs. Participants can earn up to 1-1.5 CEUs depending on the topic.

Learn more here