The Learning Center provides a list of professional development providers that offer
their varied online professional development opportunities on a continuing basis.
These institutions offer short courses as well as degree granting programs to assist
the K–12 science teacher. Use the drop down menu to select from the providers
List of Courses
The AMNH Seminars on Science, six-week courses developed by Museum scientists and
educators, incorporate the Museum's rich resources including three-dimensional virtual
specimens, videos from the field, and interactive simulations. Teachers participate
in discussions and activities with the Museum's scientists and educators. Continuing
education units and graduate credits are available. For more information go to learn.amnh.org.
List of Courses
Montana State University's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) offers online
science courses designed to help K–12 teachers and other educators improve
and enhance their understanding of science content. Since 1993, NTEN has offered
about 15 online graduate courses each semester in topics ranging from physics to
plant science to nutrition, and more. NTEN also offers lesson plans and other teacher
resources. Courses can be taken for professional development or as part of MSU's
Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) graduate degree program: an intercollege,
interdisciplinary graduate program that integrates learning and the discovery of
knowledge in a collaborative academic environment. Over 80% of MSSE degree course
work is available online. For more information on courses go to eu.montana.edu/nten/, or for the graduate program go to
Designed for middle and high school science teachers, the University of Maryland's
Master of Chemical and Life Sciences (MCLFS) expands knowledge, updates expertise,
and advances career paths. The 30-credit, content-based, graduate program offers
in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and
biomedical sciences. With a broad academic plan of study, MCLFS offers flexibility
to select courses that meet interest and need. Aside from laboratory experience,
courses are offered exclusively online, benefiting working professionals with flexibility,
convenience, and accessibility. Dynamic faculty with academic credentials and experience
deliver a better understanding of major science concepts in an interactive environment.
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Also available now are an online Master of Professional Studies in Applied Entomology and online
graduate certificates in Beekeeping, Integrated Pest Management, Organic and Sustainable
Agriculture, and Urban Agriculture. To find out more, visit oes‐entm.umd.edu
The WCS Teacher Webinar Series returns with a new Student Webcast Series for the 2015-2016 school year. Registered teachers participate in a Webinar to learn real-world science through WCS experts, and how to engage their students with core science concepts in the classroom. The following month teachers have the opportunity to connect their students with the same WCS experts through an interactive, TV-style webcast live in their classroom from the WCS Zoos and Aquarium. Teachers participating in a live webinar are eligible for a PD credit hour certificate. This series is FREE thanks to generous support from the Laura J. Niles Foundation. For more information and to register visit, wcs.org/teacherpd or call 718-220-5136.
A half-day or day-long series of live web sessions delivered via an interactive distance-learning tool. Each conference features content and/or pedagogy from experts in a particular topic. Participants can log on from anywhere with an internet connection and interact with presenters and educators from across the country. Visit the virtual conference page for information about upcoming programs and archives of past conferences.
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