Jun 15-Aug 07, 2020
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $667.00
Instructor(s): Robert Wilson

Course Description

Registration begins on March 23rd - register for CRN 11163.
This 2-credit course is designed for practicing teachers who are teaching basic electric circuits as part of the science curricula in their classrooms. Its broad purpose is to introduce experienced teachers to core concepts in electric circuits, as those ideas relate to modern hands-on, inquiry-oriented science curricular materials. By helping teachers improve their understanding of the underlying physics, this course will enable them to teach electric circuits more effectively. The specific course goals are as follows:

  • To deepen teachers understanding of basic physics principles underlying electric circuits.
  • To enhance teachers ability to convey concepts of electric circuits through inquiry approaches to learning.
  •  To encourage the sharing of resources and pedagogical methods among course participants.
  • To strengthen teacher knowledge and confidence in teaching electric circuits, and to develop their ability to critically analyze and use commercially available resources.
  • To briefly introduce magnetism, differentiating electric charge and magnet poles and observing the connection between an electric current and a magnetic field.

This course will be taught as an online, D2L-based course. The course involves significant student/instructor and student/student interaction with extensive participation in online discussion of laboratory work, assigned reading, homework assignments, and independent study utilizing targeted Internet searches. The time commitment is anticipated to be approximately 11-13  hours per week for eight weeks. Course work will involve a mixture of online discussion, hands-on (lab-type) activities, readings from assigned and independently researched sources, and on-line quizzes.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week to stay current and successfully complete this 2 graduate credit course. The estimated time commitment to successfully complete this course is 11-13 hours per week for the eight weeks the course is in session.


Robert Wilson. is retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Bernardino Valley College. He taught Physics there for 37 years and was also Director of the College Science Learning Center. Professor Wilson received his B.S. and M.A. from California State University at Long Beach.


In service teacher. A general science methods course.

Target Audience

5 - 8 grade elementary and middle school teachers.

Time Commitment:

11-13 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

All materials will be sent to you by NTEN.

The cost of the course kit is $101 and this will be added to your student bill.

Required Books/Materials

  • NTEN will send a kit of materials shortly before the course begins. If you reside outside of the US, please email Kelly Boyce at letting him know, so he can mail your kit early.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For information about registration, contact Kelly Boyce at
For information about course content, contact Bob Wilson at

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.