Science Teaching & Outreach Graduate Certificate


STO 666 Scientific Teaching
(2 credits)

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
(2 credits)

Students design science communication efforts and present their own science to peers. 

STO 602 Mentoring in the Sciences
(2 credits)

Students learn research-based methods of effective mentoring and develop a mentoring philosophy.

STO 603 Instructional Design
(1 credit)

Students learn pedagogical theory and design a college-level course. 


Higher Education
(4 credits)

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.

Science Communication
(4 credits)

Students develop a strategic science communication plan and content intended for an external audience, such as a social media campaign, event, or communication effort in other settings/formats. Prerequisite: STO 601.

Out-of-School Education
(4 credits)

Students develop and deliver teaching activities for out-of-school time, such as science camps, museum programs, or other formats or venues. Prerequisite: STO 601.



STO 692 Current Topics in Scientific Teaching
(1 credit)

This seminar focuses on current pedagogical literature related to science teaching.

MATH 600 Teaching Seminar
(1 credit)

This seminar focuses on skills needed to effectively teach mathematics.

PHYS 605 Physics Teaching Seminar
(1 credit)

This seminar course focuses on the special skills needed to effectively teach physics.

Laura OxtobyLearning 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
Sarah HayesI 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