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MSU opens spring online courses for science teachers

January 9, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN--Montana State University's online graduate courses for science teachers are now open for spring registration.

The courses are all part of MSU Extended University's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), now in its 20th year.

Spring 2013 courses include offerings in Physics; Earth Science; Land Resources and Environmental Science; Education, Curriculum and Instruction; and Microbiology.

Physics courses are "General Relativity" (Physics 512), "Comparative Planetology" (Physics 514), "The Science of Sound" (Physics 591) and "Astronomy for Teachers" (Physics 511).

Earth Science courses are "Weather and Climate for Teachers" (Earth Science 591-802) and "Landforms for Elementary Teachers" (Earth Science 591-803).

LRES courses are "Water Quality in the Classroom" (LRES 591-801) and "The Dirt on Soil Science" (LRES 591-802).

The microbiology course is "Microbial Ecology" (MB 542).

"Environmental Science Education: Winter Ecological Field Studies" is EDCI 591.

The courses offer MSU graduate credits to practicing elementary, middle, high school and community college teachers, and each course is 100 percent Web-based. Courses offer between one and three MSU graduate credits, and the first course begins Jan. 14. Other courses begin Jan. 28; some begin in February and March. Teachers do not have to enroll in an MSU degree program in order to take the courses; however, courses may apply towards MSU's graduate certificates in science teaching and the university's master's of science in science education degree.

Members of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) receive a discount on many of the courses.

Register or read more about the courses at

For questions about registration, contact Margaret Worob in Extended University at (406) 994-7798 or (800) 435-1286 (toll-free), or at