Science Education Graduate Certificates
Online Graduate Certificates and Professional Development for Science Educators
The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), supported by MSU's Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) program, is one of the country's most-established online professional development programs for teachers, having been founded with National Science Foundation support in 1993.
Courses are designed to help elementary, secondary, community college, and informal educators develop a deeper understanding of science concepts, while interacting with and learning new techniques from other teachers and researchers around the globe.
Our faculty are university scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and science educators, all experienced in online teaching.
How we are different from other online science programs?
- Our faculty practice a hands-on, inquiry-based style that mirrors the classroom and sparks new ideas
- We facilitate connections among participants, so that teachers learn best practices from colleagues around the world
- Credits come from Montana State University, a top-tier public research institution.
About Montana State University
Montana State University is a doctoral-granting land-grant university located in Bozeman, Montana and is among the nation’s top research universities with faculty that explore health and biomedicine; energy and the environment; and transportation. Annual research expenditures exceed $100M and are used to support research across the colleges, departments, institutes and centers at MSU and across the state of Montana.
MSU is also known for its work in western history, Native American studies, architecture, and media and theatre arts. A number of faculty and students travel regularly to field sites in neighboring Yellowstone National Park. Recent new programs include paleontology, equine science and snow science.
Montana State University is known for its cutting-edge research and commitment to hands-on active learning.
NTEN Graduate Certificates at a Glance
- Online (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- Summer campus-based Field & Lab opportunities
- 12 Credits
Credits earned through the NTEN program may apply toward a Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree
- $283 per credit - MT Resident
- $382 per credit - Non-Resident
- Chemistry, Climate, Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Life Science, Physics
What students say about NTEN
Since its inception in 1993, more than 25,000 teachers from all 50 states and many foreign countries have taken NTEN courses. Here are some of their comments:
"The interaction and discussion was as good as with most face-to-face courses that I have taken. The opportunity to assemble a student body from across the country was incredible, and the instructors made good use of sites, tools and resources that are available in the Internet and VERY much enhanced the course experience with those materials."
"These classes broke the mold. Physics of Sound, particularly, was true guided inquiry. The instructor seemed to always be there with additional questions, prodding, support, etc. The instructor and my colleagues made me stretch and reach beyond what I think I would have done on my own. True learning occurred."
When I first started taking [courses], it was really just because I was interested in the subject and was hoping I could learn more and maybe be able to apply something to the classroom. And frankly I'm amazed at how much I could transfer. It was a lot more than I ever expected. Definitely, it's been worthwhile."
"Their customer service aspects were great. When you called into the office and talked to the administrative staff, they were wonderful. They were good troubleshooters. They researched your questions and they got back to you. So that was very good."
"The course was way, way above what I could ever give to my kids but it gave me the knowledge to be comfortable with the material I had to present to the kids. I wasn't on their same academic level. I was superior to them. I knew more than them based upon [my NTEN-gained knowledge] and it made me comfortable."
After initial National Science Foundation funding, NTEN was externally evaluated by Horizon Research of Chapel Hill, N.C. Horizon has focused on course-level impacts, gauging the quality and impact of courses each semester, evaluating participants' feelings of preparedness to teach the subject matter of the course in which they're enrolled, and on participants' perceptions of the content knowledge they gain.
NTEN is strikingly successful in terms of completion rates (over 90%), the benefit perceived by participants, and the degree of learning reported. Participants consistently report that NTEN courses are a refreshing change from the more "typical" professional development experiences, and that they feel better prepared to teach the course content upon completion. In addition participants report that they seek out opportunities to meet one another face-to-face at professional regional and national events.
Bozeman, MT 59717-2805
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Location: 451 Reid Hall
Dr. John Graves