High school physics and chemistry teachers can apply for the Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics at Arizona State University (ASU), a summers-only program.

LOW-COST! Teachers in 15 western states can apply for in-state tuition, a considerable savings! This opportunity is through WICHE. The application deadline is April 1, each year. The 15 states are listed at www.wiche.edu/states.

(Three teachers in California and two in Colorado are enrolled, for in-state tuition. Dorm housing last summer cost about $22/day — convenient & cheap.)

Physics and chemistry teachers find the ASU summer MNS program to be of great value. It is an effective implementation of STEM! Courses are interactive engagement, hands-on, minds-on, and practical. Interdisciplinary courses make it useful for chemistry teaching, too.

  • 75 high school teachers have earned the MNS degree since it was founded in 2001 by Prof. David Hestenes.
  • Teachers love the courses. Teaching is more satisfying because students learn more.
  • It can qualify you to teach Dual Enrollment physics courses for community colleges.
  • It is similar to Finland’s Master degree for high school physics teachers, in that courses combine content with research-based pedagogy. Teachers do action research. (Finland is high in test scores of 15-year-olds, as you know.)
  • Most teachers take 3 summers, but some finish in two. Flexible; no cohorts.
  • Courses begin on June 11, 2018. 2 sessions in summer. 2nd session ends on August 2.

Visit modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html for info & list of courses through 2021.

To apply to ASU, click on “ASU logistics and the application process”.

Questions? ask jane.jackson@asu.edu