Montpelier Seminars

Center for the Constitution


Seminar Dates and Topics

Tuition and Scholarships                    

What You Get                                    

How to Apply



The Center for the Constitution offers immersive 3-day Seminars for full-time K-12 educators* throughout the calendar year. Seminar participants engage in interactive lectures and discussions as well as tours of the Montpelier mansion and grounds. 

Participants will receive a collection of primary documents in advance of the seminar, specific to the content of each program, which will be the basis of most discussions. They may include writings by James Madison, sections of The Federalist, selections from Antifederalist writers, and other fundamental documents. 

Topics change yearly; each provides the participant with a theoretical and historical overview as well as a constitutional question. Seminars are taught at a graduate level by leading constitutional experts and draw on primary source materials. Past Seminar topics include: The Creation of the Constitution, The Federalist/Antifederalist Debate Revisited, The Bill of Rights in Historical Perspective, Suffrage, Slavery and the Constitution, and the Evolution of American Citizenship.  

Please read through the information below, and contact us at with any additional questions you may have.

*Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from part-time educators, home-school teachers, substitute teachers, or student teachers at this time. 


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Upcoming Montpelier Seminars for Educators


Summer 2016

Religious Freedom - July 20-22, 2016

Suffrage in America - July 27-July 29, 2016

Fall 2016

From Public Interest to Party Politics: Interest Groups and Contemporary U.S. Politics - October 7-9 2016

Congress, the Constitution & Contemporary Politics - November 11-13, 2016

Spring 2017

The Presidency and the Constitution - March 10-12, 2017

Native Peoples and the Constitution - March 24-26, 2017

Slavery and the Constitution - April 7-9, 2017 


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Tuition and Scholarships

Montpelier Seminars cost approximately $1,500 per teacher; however, thanks to the generosity of private donors, there are a limited number of full scholarships available for educators from Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and California. Teachers from other states are still encouraged to apply as non-state-specific scholarships are often available. 

Scholarships cover the cost of accommodations, meals, reading materials, teaching resources, and documentation for recertification credits. Applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable registration fee upon officially accepting their place in a Montpelier Seminar.

Participants are responsible for covering the cost of their own travel arrangements to and from Montpelier (Orange, VA).  


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What You Get

James Madison's Montpelier will provide all participants with accommodations, meals, and reading materials that are specially edited and assembled to reflect the theme of the Seminar.

Participants stay in renovated houses in the Constitutional Village on the grounds of James Madison's Montpelier. Participants will usually have their own bedroom but will share common living space, and may share bathrooms. Housing is provided only for the duration of the Seminar. Participants arriving early or staying late will be responsible for arranging their own housing on those days. 

Educators will receive documentation of the Seminar’s contact hours to qualify for professional development from your local school system, according to your own school policies.  

Continuing Education Credits are available for an additional fee through James Madison University. 


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How to Apply

Apply Online for our Montpelier Seminars.  

Please note, we are now using a new application system! If you have applied for a Montpelier Seminar before, you will need to create a new login. Thanks!

You will be notified of your status shortly after you submit your application. Eligible applicants who cannot be included in a Seminar will be placed on a waiting list for any vacancies that may occur. 

If you are accepted into a Montpelier Seminar, you must submit a $50 non-refundable registration fee in order to confirm your intent to attend and to reserve your seat at the Seminar. After the Center receives your payment, you will be sent additional information including scheduling, directions, and reading materials.

Although educators may apply for more than one Seminar per year, applicants are typically only accepted to one program per year in order to allow as many educators as possible to attend our Seminars. 

Teachers from the same school may apply to attend Montpelier Seminars. 

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