Montana State University

Online Graduate Certificates in Science Teaching

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Kelly Boyce
NTEN Secondary Project Coordinator
Extended University
Montana State University
200 Culbertson Hall
PO Box 172200
Bozeman, MT 59717-2200

Tel: (406) 994-6812
Toll free: (800) 282-6062
Fax: (406) 994-6546
nten@montana.edu

Lisa Brown
NTEN Elementary Project Coordinator
Extended University
Montana State University
200 Culbertson Hall
PO Box 172200
Bozeman, MT 59717-2200

Tel: (406) 994-3062
Toll free: (800) 461-9635
Fax: (406) 994-6546
nten@montana.edu


Delivery

Online.

Students may optionally choose to take on-campus courses to fulfill requirements.

Total Credits

12 credits

Designed For

Educators of all backgrounds

What You Will Earn

You will earn the same regionally accredited Montana State University graduate certificate that a student on the Bozeman campus is awarded. Your diploma and transcript are identical to those given to on-campus students.

Accreditation

Montana State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


Curriculum

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Chemistry

These high-energy, high-interest courses will increase your content knowledge and confidence in teaching chemistry in your classroom. This well-balanced program covers the broad field of chemistry and can be used as an introduction to chemistry or to strengthen your current knowledge.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

RubricNoCourseSem (Tentative)CreditLocation
CHMY505Critical Concepts in ChemistryTBA3Campus
CHMY506Integrating Computers into Laboratory InstructionTBA2Campus
CHMY591An Atoms-First Primer for AP/IB Chemistry TeachersFall3Online
CHMY591Chemistry of the Environment: Water, Air, and EarthSummer3Online
CHMY591Environmental Measurement: Sensors & ElectronicsTBA3Online
CHMY591Examining Life in Extreme EnvironmentsSummer2Campus
CHMY591Exploring Biochemistry ISummer (alt yrs odd)3Online
CHMY591Exploring Biochemistry II: MetabolismSummer (alt yrs even)3Online
CHMY591Exploring ChemistrySummer3Online
CHMY591Exploring Organic Chemistry for TeachersFall3Online
CHMY591Special Topics in Chemistry: Kinetics, Equilibrium, & ThermodynamicsSpring3Online
CHMY594Science Lab Safety and Risk ManagementSummer1Campus

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Earth Science

Teachers can select from a diverse offering of courses ranging from geology and landforms to hydrology and paleontology. Round off your course of study with an Earth System Science course focusing on the broader picture.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

RubricNoCourseSem (Tentative)CreditLocation
ERTH512Mountains and Plains Riparian ProcessesTBA2Online
ERTH516Northern Rocky Mountain GeologySummer2Campus
ERTH591Fundamentals of OceanographySpring & Summer3Online
ERTH591Geology of Glacier National ParkSummer2Campus
ERTH591Geology of the MoonFall3Online
ERTH591Historical Geology for EducatorsFall3Online
ERTH591K-14 Earth System ScienceTBA2Online
ERTH591Plant and Animal Response to a Changing ClimateTBA3Online
ERTH591Teaching Middle School Earth System ScienceSpring (alt yrs even)3Online
ERTH591Understanding Climate ChangeFall3Online
ERTH591Weather and Climate for TeachersSummer3Online
ERTH594Geology SeminarTBA1Campus
GEO521Dinosaur Paleontology ISummer2Campus
GEO560Geology of the Yellowstone Volcanic CenterSummer (alt yrs even)2Campus
GEO591Advanced Paleontology for TeachersSummer (alt yrs odd)2Campus
LRES591Streamside Science: Hands-On Approaches to Water Quality EducationSummer3Online
LRES591The Twelve Principles of Soil ScienceFall3Online
LRES591Water Quality in the Classroom: A Characterization of the Science and IssuesSpring3Online

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Elementry School Science

This certificate is designed to give K-8 teachers a basic understanding of a broad range of topics in physical science, life science and earth/space science. These courses are specially designed to help you integrate inquiry-based science into your classroom while improving your own science content knowledge.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

RubricNoCourseSem (Tentative)CreditLocation
BIOL591Plant Science: It Grows on YouSummer1Online
BIOL591Using Local Ecosystems to Implement Biology Activities in the Classroom Fall1Online
ERTH591Elementary WeatherTBA1Online
ERTH591Landforms for Elementary TeachersSpring (alt yrs odd)1Online
ERTH591Teaching Middle School Earth System ScienceSpring (alt yrs even)3Online
EDCI591History of Spaceflight and Space Technology Fall & Spring3Online
EDCI591Symbiosis - Eat, Prey, and LoveSpring3Online
LRES591The Dirt on Soil ScienceSpring1Online
PHSX591Electric Circuits & MagnetismSummer2Online
PHSX591Teaching and Learning in Science: Elementary Space ScienceFall1Online
PHSX591The Science of SoundSpring1Online
PHSX591The World of MotionSummer1Online
PHSX591World of ForceFall1Online

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Life Science

This certificate offers a broad spectrum of courses. Teachers can create a diverse program that includes anatomy and physiology, nutrition, ecology, plants, microbiology, insects and slime, or focus in on a specific area of interest.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

RubricNoCourseSem (Tentative)CreditLocation
ARNR529Yellowstone Wildlife Habitat EcologySummer2Campus
BIOL516Terrestrial Ecology of the Northern Rocky MountainsTBA2Campus
BIOL591Anatomy & PhysiologySummer3Online
BIOL591Examining Life in Extreme EnvironmentsSummer2Campus
BIOL591Teaching EvolutionFall3Online
ERTH591Plant and Animal Response to a Changing ClimateTBA3Online
BIOE513Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and PrairiesSummer1Online
BIOE519Biology of Riparian Zones and WetlandsSummer2Online
BIOE520Understanding and Managing Animal Biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemSummer2Campus
BIOE522Birds of Prey of the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemSummer (alt yrs odd)2Campus
BIOE523Wildlife Ecology of Northern Rocky MountainsSummer2Campus
BIOE591Advanced EcologyFall2Online
BIOE591Alpine EcologySummer2Campus
BIOE591Ecology & Conservation of the World's Marine Ecosystems - An Online Course for TeachersFall3Online
BIOE591Ecology of Trout StreamsSummer (alt yrs even)2Campus
BIOE591Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemSummer2Campus
EDCI591Environmental Science Education: Fall Ecological Field StudiesFall3Online
EDCI591Environmental Science Education: Summer Ecological Field StudiesSummer3Online
EDCI591Environmental Science Education: Winter Ecological Field StudiesSpring3Online
EDCI591Symbiosis - Eat, Prey, and LoveSpring3Online
LRES557Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park Summer2Campus
LRES569Ecology of Invasive Plants in the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemSummer2Campus
LRES591Lake EcologySummer2Campus
MB536Exploring MicrobiologySpring3Online
MB538Cell and Molecular Biology LaboratorySummer2Campus
MB539Infection and ImmunitySummer (alt yrs even)3Online
MB540Environmental MicrobiologySummer3Online
MB541Microbial GeneticsSummer (alt yrs odd)3Online
MB542Microbial EcologyFall3Online
MB591Biofilms: The Biodiversity of Slime Fall3Online
MB591Current Topics in MicrobiologySpring3Online
NUTR524Teaching Adolescent NutritionSummer2Online
NUTR526Nutrition for Fitness and PerformanceFall (alt yrs even)3Online
PSPP548Flowering Plants of the Northern Rocky MountainsSummer2Campus
PSPP591Biomimicry: the Technology of BiologySummer (alt yrs even)2Campus
PSPP591Plants, People, and HealthSummer (alt yrs odd)2Campus

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Physics

From the study of basic forces to investigating the farthest reaches of the Universe, this certificate will allow you to meet your varying interests or focus in-depth on a single area such as mechanical physics or astronomy.

Students cannot use more than four credits of 400-level courses on a Certificate Program of Study.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

RubricNoCourseSem (Tentative)CreditLocation
ECIV591Snow and Avalanche Physics for Science EducatorsSpring3Online
EDCI591History of Spaceflight and Space Technology Fall & Spring3Online
EELE591Solar Cell Basics for Science TeachersSummer2Campus
PHSX401Physics by Inquiry ISummer3Campus
PHSX402Physics by Inquiry IISummer (alt yrs even)3Campus
PHSX403Physics by Inquiry III Summer (alt yrs odd)3Campus
PHSX405Special RelativityFall3Online
PHSX491Conceptual Physics Summer3Online
PHSX511Astronomy for TeachersEvery Semester3Online
PHSX512General RelativitySpring3Online
PHSX513Quantum MechanicsSummer3Online
PHSX514Comparative Planetology: Establishing a Virtual Presence in the Solar SystemSpring3Online
PHSX582Astrobiology for TeachersFall3Online
PHSX591Electric Circuits & MagnetismSummer2Online
PHSX591Physics of Renewable Energy for Secondary TeachersSummer3Online
PHSX591Teaching Electricity and Magnetism Using Research-Based CurriculumSummer (alt yrs odd)2Campus
PHSX591Teaching Mechanics Using Research-Based CurriculumSummer (alt yrs even)2Campus
PHSX591The Science of SoundSpring1Online
PHSX591The World of MotionSummer1Online
PHSX591World of ForceFall1Online

For More Information

Please contact:

Kelly Boyce
NTEN Secondary Project Coordinator
Extended University
Montana State University
200 Culbertson Hall
PO Box 172200
Bozeman, MT 59717-2200

Tel: (406) 994-6812
Toll free: (800) 282-6062
Fax: (406) 994-6546
nten@montana.edu

Lisa Brown
NTEN Elementary Project Coordinator
Extended University
Montana State University
200 Culbertson Hall
PO Box 172200
Bozeman, MT 59717-2200

Tel: (406) 994-3062
Toll free: (800) 461-9635
Fax: (406) 994-6546
nten@montana.edu

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