Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Current Institutes

Our summer institutes offer you the opportunity to get outside, earn credit, and learn from hands-on, inquiry-based activities. After all, the best way to learn is by experience.

Graduate Admission

Those interested in attending summer institutes must be enrolled in the Graduate School. If you are participating in an institute for SCECHs, you do not have to apply to the Graduate School.

  • Current students do not have to do anything to update their admission status.
  • Former students must fill out the Application for Readmission form.
  • New students must apply for non-degree seeking status.

Applications must be submitted within one week prior to the start of preferred institute.



All TPD inquires:

Rachelle Gariepy

Rachelle Gariepy

  • Teacher Professional Development Coordinator
  • Department Coordinator and Graduate Program Assistant
Meese Center 111

Summer 2019 Institutes

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Teaching with Spatial Technology (TwiST)

June 17 - 21, Ferris State University
June 24 - 28, Michigan Technological University
Only 24 spots available, $250* to hold spot


Designed to provide grades 6-12 teachers with meaningful and challenging lesson plans about using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in the classroom.

*Deposit returned with course completion




Free, with $250 deposit*

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Engineering Applications in the Physical Sciences

June 19 - 28

This is a great chance for current or future middle school/high school math or science teachers to experience real-world engineering projects first hand, and then see how to integrate a scaled down version into a class project for students to solve physical science problems.

The class will show how engineers use principles from the physical sciences to solve problems and design systems. Key concepts will be linked to the Next Generation Science Standards and Michigan Curriculum Frameworks for precollege education.

*Optional room and board available for additional cost. 


ENG 5200, 4 Credits



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Moosewatch for Educators at Isle Royale, MI

  • Session 1: June 24 - July 1
  • Session 2: July 7 - 14
  • Session 3: July 21- 28
  • Apply by June 10, 2019


A unique field experience in support of the ecological study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park. Educators will receive the technical instruction needed to participate as a member of a back country research team. You will learn research methods, back country navigation, and backpacking/wilderness living skills. The course will integrate aspects of earth science, botany, general ecology, and the use of literature in teaching science.

*Cost includes course materials, NPS permits, ferry expenses, SCECH processing fee, and all food.





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Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems

July 1 - August 16 (online)


Cancelled due to low enrollment.

This online course is available to any teacher (Elementary or Secondary) to apply toward professional licensure. Whether you teach English language arts or physics, you and your students are “reading”- we read and code all the information we attend to. Many of the lessons we learn from reading alphabetic code can transfer to the challenges of reading numerical code.


ED 5750, 3 Credits



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Glycobiology: The Missing Link in Our Science Class

July 15 - July 17

Cancelled due to low enrollment.

Glycobiology, often termed as “the last frontier of biomedical science”, is at the confluence of several areas of basic science including chemistry and biology. Glycobiology provides conceptual framework that helps understand how living systems, from unicellular organisms to humans, function. It adds a new perspective to what we learn/teach in our biology and chemistry classes. This week-long program will introduce some of the most important and relatable topics of Glycobiology to science teachers. The course offers lectures, hands-on lab experiments and discussions.




$10 SCECH processing fee

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Belle Isle Aquarium Institute

August 5 - 8


Limited to teachers in Detroit Schools

The program focuses on Michigan 5th Grade Science & Social Studies Standards and how the Belle Isle Aquarium can help you meet these through class field trips and place-based learning activities.