MSU’s online master’s degree program for science teachers continues to grow


BOZEMAN, MT – May 11, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Nine science teachers from across the U.S. earned online graduate certificates from Montana State University via MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network. It is the largest number of science teaching certificates awarded in one semester since the program was launched in 2011.

The teachers hail from nine different states – Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Texas. They earned graduate certificates in four specialty areas: chemistry, life science, Earth science and physics. MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) program also offers an elementary school science certificate.

“MSU has offered online courses for science teachers since 1993—that’s before many people even had email,” said Kim Obbink, director of MSU’s Extended University. “The graduate certificates were developed a few years ago in response to a need in the science teacher community. To see so many people across the country enrolling in these programs solidifies MSU’s reputation as a premiere provider of teacher professional development.”

NTEN courses and graduate certificates are designed to help elementary, secondary and community college teachers develop a deeper understanding of science concepts while interacting with and learning new techniques from other teachers around the globe. MSU’s NTEN program was established 22 years ago with funding from the National Science Foundation, and teachers from all 50 states have taken NTEN online courses.

The National Teachers Enhancement Network is also an educational learning partner of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957, taylor (at) montana (dot) edu


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