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MSU offers summer online graduate courses for science teachers

May 13, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN — Montana State University’s online graduate courses for science teachers are now open for summer registration. The MSU Extended University courses are all part of the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN). Most courses start in early to mid-June.

Offerings include biology, physics, earth science, land resources and environmental science (LRES), microbiology, math, nutrition, and education, curriculum and instruction (EDCI).

The popular “History of Spaceflight and Space Technology” (EDCI 591) class will again be taught by science journalist Andrew Chaikin, author of “Voices from the Moon” and “A Man on the Moon,” which inspired Tom Hanks' Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.”

Physics courses include: “Conceptual Physics” (PHSX 491), “Astronomy for Teachers” (PHSX 511), “Physics of Renewable Energy for Teachers” (PHSX 591), “Electric Circuits & Magnetism” (PHSX 591) and “The World of Motion” (PHSX 591).

Other classes include: “Fundamentals of Oceanography” (ERTH 591), “Streamside Science: Hands-On Approaches to Water Quality Education” (LRES 591), “Environmental-Applied Microbiology” (Microbiology 540), “Statistics for Teachers” (Math 518), “Teaching Adolescent Nutrition” (NUTR 524) and “Plant Science: It Grows on You” (BIOL 491).

Teachers do not have to enroll in an MSU degree program in order to take the courses. Teachers who go on to pursue MSU’s 12-credit online graduate certificates in science teaching or from the university’s Master's of Science in Science Education program may be able to transfer in some course credits.

Register or learn more at or contact Kelly Boyce in MSU's Extended University at or (406) 994-6812. The NTEN Facebook page is

Contact: Margaret Worob, (406) 994-7798 or (800) 435-1286 (toll-free),