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.
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The American Museum of Natural History’s online professional learning program Seminars on Science offers six-week online graduate courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences. The courses are asynchronous, providing students with the flexibility to complete weekly activities at their own pace. The course format includes case studies, textbook readings, videos, interactive simulations, image galleries, and vibrant discussions that connect students to the Museum’s scientists, laboratories, expeditions, and specimens. Each course is co-taught by an experienced educator and research scientist in a manner consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards. Sessions are offered year-round, and graduate credit is available for all courses through partnerships with colleges and universities. For more information, visit http://www.amnh.org/learn.
California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) is on the forefront of enabling educators to develop professionally in areas like STEM Education, Technology Education, Educational Leadership and other areas of importance to today’s education professionals. Cal U’s flexible, 100% online program offerings at the master’s degree level allow educators the opportunity to enhance their skills in curriculum and content development, classroom delivery and other areas that are essential for the modern educator. Cal U offers 100% online master’s degree in education programs in:
Visit us today at https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/ for more information!
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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. Courses can be taken for professional development or as part of one of our five 12-credit online graduate certificates (Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, Elementary Science and Earth Science). Courses can also be applied to 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 www.montana.edu/msse/.
The online Master of Chemical and Life Sciences (MCLFS) offered through the University of Maryland provides the flexibility teachers need to keep learning and stay current in the STEM disciplines of biology and chemistry. This content-based graduate degree provides in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and biomedical sciences. Designed for middle and high school teachers, MCLFS is a 30-credit graduate program that offers a broad academic plan of study and the ability for students to select the courses in which they are interested. MCLFS faculty lead discussions on topics of current interest with significant social impact, including genetic engineering and gene therapy to chemistry, ecology, and concepts of bio-complexity. Aside from laboratory experience, courses are offered exclusively online.
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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