Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Teacher Professional Development

Current Institutes

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Michigan Tech supports the professional development of K-12 educators by offering diverse teacher institutes, which are summer courses that enhance the content knowledge of practicing teachers. The credits earned may be applied toward Michigan’s continuing-education requirement for teacher certification renewal, and many of these courses serve as electives in the Master of Science in Applied Science Education (MS-ASE) curriculum for Math and Science Teachers. Institutes range from Teaching About Global Change to the Engineering Process to Teaching Science in Three Dimensions: The NGSS in Theory and Practice.

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The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences is part of the Upper Peninsula Center for Educational Development (UPCED). This center links Michigan Tech with the seven intermediate school districts who partner with us on teacher professional development projects.

The department also regularly partners with the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and has strong ties to local schools in student teaching and program advising.

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