NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Course Descriptions

Certified Interpretive Guide

EDUC 2000

Learn the informal educational techniques used in many national, state, and local parks; aquaria, zoos, historic sites, and the like. The State Historical Society of North Dakota, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course for individuals in the field of Interpretation. It is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites.


Students must:

  • Demonstrate an ability to use the following techniques in an interpretive program.
  • Tie program content to a central theme or thesis, which itself supports an organization's mission and motivates audience members to take action towards that mission in a measurable way.
  • Make the program appropriate for a specific audience.
  • Set adequate audience expectations at the beginning of the program.
  • Have subthemes that support the central theme/thesis.
  • Have a conclusion that sums up the thesis and includes a call to action.

Required Materials:

  • The Gifts of Interpretation (Ted Cable and Larry Beck, 2007)
  • Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose (Sam Ham, 2013)
  • Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience to Hertiage Resources (Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman, 2015)
  • Interpreting our Heritage (Freeman Tilden, 2007)