Gain science content and teaching strategies directly relevant to your classroom curriculum through the Museum’s science teacher education courses.
Boost Your Science Teaching
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.
- CPDUs in Illinois or CEUs in Indiana.
- Optional graduate credit.
To participate, teachers must apply and be selected to enroll. We are now taking applications for our academic year courses, Expedition: Green and Get Re-Energized. Applications are due on September 11, 2015.
You can earn graduate credit for MSI courses from local university partners.
Our Course Offerings
All About You (anatomy and life science)
Master unifying themes in life science and relate them to the human body through activities on cells, genetics, organ systems, health and wellness, and evolution.
Expedition: Green (environmental science)
Explore and study global and regional ecology and ecosystems concepts, and increase your knowledge of resource management and sustainability issues.
Get Re-Energized (physical science)
Experiment with concepts related to energy such as energy transformation and conversion, potential and kinetic energy, light, heat, electricity and more.
The Center aims to inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators with programs that empower teachers, engage the community and excite students.
We're addressing student achievement and exposure to STEM by supporting science education on a whole-school level.
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