AP World History

For New and Experienced Teachers!

The framework defines a set of shared historical thinking skills, which allows teachers to make more informed choices about appropriate ways of linking content and thinking skills.

Key Concepts and Themes

  • The use of key concepts and themes to organize the course facilitates both chronological and thematic approaches to teaching AP World History. Given the vast nature of the subject matter, using both approaches — even alternating between the two — often aids instruction.
  • The key concepts support the investigation of historical developments within a chronological framework, while the course themes allow students to make crucial connections across the six historical periods and across geographical regions.
  • The concepts are designed to provide structure for teaching the course, serving as instructional units that can be addressed separately or in conjunction with other key concepts within any given period.
  • By framing historical processes and developments beyond a perceived list of facts, events, and dates, the key concepts help teachers and their students understand, organize, and prioritize historical developments within each period.

The framework provides a comprehensive content outline organized by key concepts. Overall, the framework gives teachers the flexibility to teach each key concept in a variety of ways, providing greater options for designing instruction. The AP World History course develops students’ capacity and ability to think and reason in a deeper, more systematic way, better preparing them for subsequent college courses. The skills, course themes, periodization, and key concepts are explained in detail in the curriculum framework that follows.

Workshop materials

At every AP World History workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

Materials also include an introduction to course and exam redesign slated for the upcoming school year. The workshop will focus on using the course framework and instructional techniques to help students meet with success on the new AP World History Exam.  

Participants will receive:

  • The curriculum framework for the redesigned AP World History course
  • Activities that both explore the structure of the redesigned course and suggest appropriate instructional strategies and practices
  • Using the new rubrics to improve students’ writing and thinking skills
  • Syllabus and unit design
  • Resources for designing meaningful assessments

You will be notified promptly of any cancelations or schedule or program changes. We will confirm your enrollment in the program and provide information on travel, accommodations, final registration, and parking.


All cancelations must be received in writing by mail or fax. Refunds, minus a $25 processing fee for each course that is canceled will be made for cancelations received fifteen days prior to the first day of the program. Refund requests made after that time will not be honored, and the participant or sponsoring organization will be responsible for the fee. Anyone who is registered but cannot attend may send a substitute. Note: If you do not cancel, and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment. Please note:  A $250 late registration fee will be assessed if noncredit status is changed to credit status.


The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancelation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

ACT 48

Penn State Abington is an ACT 48 Provider.  ACT 48 credit is available for this course

This course can also be taken for three graduate credits.

Abington Towne Center
1475 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001

Tuition covers all instruction, course notes, program materials, computer fees and lunch. Registrants are responsible for all other meals and lodging. The fee may be paid by check, money order, or purchase order (made payable to Penn State); a letter of authorization to bill your employer or organization, MasterCard, or VISA.