Close Up Teacher Program

While your students are in the care of Close Up’s instructors, teachers have the chance to explore our nation’s capital with other educators!

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Have fun with other teachers, gain insight, and earn graduate credits! 

As Close Up guides and supervises students in their trip of a lifetime, educators have the option to take part in a travel program of their own: our innovative Close Up Teacher Program which runs parallel to the student experience. By participating, teachers gain a nationwide network of fellow educators, new teaching tools and strategies, and eligibility for graduate credits or continuing education units. 

Led by our seasoned team of teacher program specialists, the Close Up Teacher Program is a fascinating experience for DC veterans and first-timers alike. The cornerstones of the program include: 

  • Thematic visits to monuments, memorials, and museums that reveal untold stories and new perspectives of our nation’s capital;  
  • Out-of-town excursions to battlefields, universities, and historical sites near Washington, DC; 
  • A professional development session that equips teachers for navigating challenging conversations about current issues at school; and 
  • Partnerships with institutions that provide guest speakers, demonstrations, and simulations designed to give teachers new ideas to bring back to the classroom. 

Close Up has decades of grant experience; contact us today for assistance with using federal funds! 



Refer a teacher and earn $500!

By referring a new teacher to Close Up, you can help us inform, inspire, and empower more students and educators nationwide, earning $500 in the process!
*Qualify for the $500 referral incentive when a new school participates in a Close Up program with a minimum of 10 students.