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 listed below.

American Museum of Natural History

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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

Montana State University-Bozeman

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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, or for the graduate program go to

University of Maryland

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. Find out more! Visit our website.

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‐

Wildlife Conservation Society

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, or call 718-220-5136.

NSTA Virtual Conferences

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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