Master Science Teacher Consortium (MSTC) is composed of local school districts committed to supporting their teachers in earning a Master of Science in Biology from Washington University - St. Louis.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY FOR TEACHERS
The two-year program is designed to fit the schedules of working teachers. It consists of two summer institutes, three weeks each, in residence at Washington University. The remaining coursework during the academic years will be completed online. Summer housing is available for out of town students and included in the cost of the program. Teachers in the program continue working together throughout the summer and online courses, using social media to develop a professional networking group.
Earn a Master of Science degree in two years (online and 3-week summer residencies)
Learn from renowned life science faculty at Washington University St. Louis, one of the most prominent research universities in the country.
Participate in action research and laboratory work in state-of-the-art research facilities on campus and within the city of St. Louis.
Participate in professional networks with teachers from across the country.
Develop and apply skills in curriculum innovation.
Teachers will participate in a cohort learning community as they progress through the program together allowing for the teachers to support each other through the learning process. Tisdell and Strohschen (2005)† note that the design features of a cohort learning model are effective in supporting student success especially in distance learning environments. Bringing together teachers from different schools and districts provides an ideal forum for sharing common challenges and ideas for resolving them. Each course is taught by experienced and distinguished faculty assuring content and quality, engaging in a variety of teaching styles and providing a unique insight into the teaching and learning process. Furthermore, each cohort becomes a close-knit community of learners, forming a network of support and friendship that often continues long after the program’s completion. The cohort group model can be especially appealing to students who may be apprehensive about the rigors of graduate study.
SCIENCE/BIOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Professional Development component will be conducted by Washington University St. Louis Program Faculty and is open to all district high school science teachers thoughout the Fall/ Spring of each year.
UNIVERSITY TOUR/ YOUNG SCIENTIST PROGRAM
Students will visit Washington University and learn about admissions, scholarships, Medical School, Study Abroad Programs, Undergraduate Research Oppourtunities.
The Young Scientist Program aims to attract students to scientific careers and increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science by bringing resources and scientists directly to teachers and students in the St. Louis area. YSP strives to achieve this mission through diversity-focused paid summer research internships, hands-on scientific demonstrations in local classrooms, field trips to Washington University School of Medicine, dissemination of teaching kits containing pre-planned lessons, one-on-one mentoring, and loaning or donating laboratory equipment to classrooms in need.