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MSU to offer 3 online courses for science teachers in March

BOZEMAN — The Montana State University National Teachers Enhancement Network will offer its three final courses of the semester with one starting on March 4 and two on March 11.

MSU NTEN courses are open to all teachers and informal educators. Participants can take courses for professional development or can consider applying their credits toward an online graduate certificate or master’s degree.

“Comparative Planetology for Teachers,” listed as Physics 514, offers three graduate-level credits in physics and is appropriate for teachers of all grades from K through 12. Participants will explore questions such as “Is there ice on Mercury?” and “Why isn’t Pluto a planet?” The course runs March 4 through May 3. 

There are two courses designed specifically for elementary teachers who want exciting ideas for the classroom but may not have an extensive background in the field.

“The Dirt on Soil Science for Elementary Teachers” (LRES 583) is a one-credit course that runs March 11 through April 19. The course capitalizes on kids’ fascination with dirt in order to introduce basic physical properties and processes of soil. The course includes active discussions between the veteran online instructor and classmates in weekly online forums, along with creative lab activities easily adapted to each participant’s teaching situation.

“The Science of Sound for Teachers” (PHSX 573) is a two-credit course that promises to make physics fun for elementary teachers with no physics background. The course includes hands-on, “ears-on” experiments and the opportunity to share investigations with other teachers through collaborative assignments and weekly discussions. The course runs March 11 through April 26. 

Summer 2019 and fall 2019 online courses are also posted, so those interested should be sure to scan the listings for spring. Summer and fall registration will open May 25.

The courses are all part of MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network, which has reached more than 25,000 science teachers in its 25-year history.

Register or learn more at http://ato.montana.edu/nten or contact Kelly Boyce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 406-994-6812. The NTEN Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/scienceteachers/.

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02/06/2019 Contact: Kelly Boyce 406-994-6550 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summary: MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network courses are open to all teachers and informal educators. The courses may be taken for professional development or credits earned may be applied toward an online graduate certificate or master’s degree.