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New Online Master's Program for Colorado Science Teachers

Colorado State University's College of Natural Sciences has created a new online science master's degree program for Colorado middle- and high-school teachers.

The National Science Board on Sept. 15 issued a report saying the nation is lacking innovators in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, which means there are fewer opportunities for significant breakthroughs or advances in scientific and technological understanding.

"There has been great interest from teachers for an online-delivered graduate degree since most may not come to campus for traditional courses," said Don Mykles, associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and director of the new master's program.

"The program was designed for teachers in rural school districts who may live far from a college campus, but it benefits teachers in urban and suburban school districts as well. It may give them access to a content-rich curriculum without having to give up their 'day job.' It may also give teachers the opportunity to develop more effective teaching strategies by applying what they've learned to their own classrooms."

"Our state is experiencing a shortage of highly qualified teachers in these subjects," said Donna Cooner, associate professor in the School of Education. "It may take collaborative efforts between departments and universities with local education agencies to meet this demand."

The curriculum for the new master's program includes a combination of science and education courses as well as research and independent study opportunities. Courses may include:

  • models of teaching
  • communications and classrooms
  • education policy analysis
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • spectroscopy
  • energy
  • pollution and environmental biology

If you have any questions about this degree, please contact Carl Melle at cmelle@learn.colostate.edu, or (970) 391-1992.

The Division of Continuing Education at Colorado State University develops and delivers graduate and undergraduate degrees; professional development training; certificate programs; online credit and noncredit courses; and industry specific training in Loveland, Brighton, Denver, and wherever students are located through online and distance delivery modes.

For more information, visit http://www.learn.colostate.edu/ degrees or call (970) 491-5288 or (877) 491-4336.

Colorado State University, Colorado

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