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IOE is working with Extended University's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) to develop online graduate courses and a graduate certificate in Climate Science designed for science teachers (K-12, community colleges and tribal colleges). NTEN is one of the country's oldest online professional development opportunities for teachers, having been established in 1993 with funding from the National Science Foundation. NTEN currently offers more than 60 science courses and five online graduate certificates for teachers. The primary goal of NTEN is to increase teachers’ science content knowledge and to enhance their ability to improve classroom practice as a result of that increased content.
The new Science Teaching: Climate Science certificate will give teachers necessary baseline understanding of ecosystems, landscapes, the carbon cycle and climate science; as well as connect teachers to current IOE research, including the role of microbes in ecosystems; how field data and modeling are linked; and the vulnerability of ecosystems in the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
Program Director: Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620