Gain science content and teaching strategies directly relevant to your classroom curriculum through the Museum’s science teacher education courses.
Our FREE teacher courses provide a broad background in science, are designed in accordance with Illinois and national science education standards (NGSS), and complement Museum exhibits and resources. You’ll increase your knowledge of science, improve teaching skills and return to the classroom with new ideas and resources to make science engaging. See a sample agenda, course syllabus and lesson plan.
Courses target 4th- through 8th-grade educators with limited experience teaching science and are offered at no cost to teachers selected to participate. Participants receive:
- Lesson plans and materials to replicate hands-on activities back in the classroom.
- Reimbursement for a substitute teacher on session days.
- ISBE clock hours in Illinois or CEUs in Indiana.
- Optional graduate credit for MSI courses from local university partners.
To participate, teachers must apply and be selected to enroll. We take applications for academic year courses in mid-August and summer courses in mid-May.
Learn more and apply