Science Teaching & Outreach Graduate Certificate
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The certificate in science teaching and outreach prepares science graduate students for careers that include teaching and communicating science to the public. More information on the courses.
DEVELOP A TEACHING PORTFOLIO
Gain hands-on experience in the college classroom, informal settings or K-12 schools.
INCREASE YOUR MARKETABILITY
This certificate shows competence in an area that employers value.
Dr. Laura Conner
REQUIRED CORE COURSES
STO 666 Scientific Teaching
Students learn effective active learning techniques for teaching science at the university level, develop teaching activities, and create components of a teaching portfolio.
STO 601 Communicating Science
Students explore hands-on and inquiry based teaching and science communication, then practice these skills in a K-12 or informal setting.
STO 602 Effective Mentoring
Students learn research-based methods of effective mentoring and develop a mentoring philosophy.
STO 603 Instructional Design
INTERNSHIP (STO 604)
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Students are paired with a faculty member who will oversee the development and delivery of active learning activities during a regular course within the student’s discipline. Prerequisite: STO 666.
Formal K-12 Education
Students are paired with a K-12 teacher in the community who oversees the intern as s/he develops and delivers classroom teaching activities. Prerequisite: STO 601.
Students develop and deliver teaching activities during out-of-school time, such as science camps, museum programs, or other formats or venues. Prerequisite: STO 601.
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STO 692 Current topics in scientific teaching
This seminar focuses on current pedagogical literature related to science teaching.
MATH 600 Teaching Seminar
This seminar focuses on skills needed to effectively teach mathematics.
PHYS 605 Physics teaching seminar
This seminar course focuses on the special skills needed to effectively teach physics.
Learning how to design effective educational experiences in the sciences (from a public seminar, to a whole college course) is an invaluable training as a scientist. I highly recommend the program to everyone!Laura Oxtoby, Research Technician, Space Physics and Aeronomy at UAF's Geophysical Institute
I am convinced that my College Teaching Certificate (similar to a STO certificate) made me a much more competitive candidate for a tenure-track faculty position and it gave me practical and theoretical skills to be confident and successful in the classroom once arriving at UAF.Sarah Hayes, UAF Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry