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[Phys-L] ASU's MNS degree in physics for HS teachers has in-state tuition for 15 states

Reminder: Will you please forward this to physics & chemistry teachers (& student teachers) in your network?

September, 2014

Would you like to apply for the Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics at Arizona State University (ASU), to start next summer?

NEW -- LOWER-COST! Teachers in 15 western states can apply for IN-STATE tuition -- a considerable savings! This is a NEW opportunity, through WICHE. The deadline is November 1, each year. The 15 states are listed at .

(Mark McConnell of Colorado was accepted last fall and attended for the 8 weeks in summer 2014, for in-state tuition -- a huge saving! The dorm cost $20/day, for a private bedroom and kitchen privileges -- convenient. HIs public school reimbursed some tuition.)

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

* Almost 70 high school teachers have earned the MNS degree since it was founded in 2001 by ASU Prof. David Hestenes.
* Teachers love the courses. Teaching is 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, and teachers do research. (Finland is tops in the world in test scores of 15-year-olds, as you know.)
* Modeling Workshops are aligned with the 8 NGSS science practices.

* Most teachers take 3 summers, but some finish in two. Flexible; no cohorts.
* Courses begin on June 8, 2015. 2 sessions in summer. 2nd session ends on July 31.

Visit for info & a tentative list of courses through 2016.
To apply to ASU, click on "ASU logistics and the application process".
Questions? ask .

To apply for in-state tuition:

1) Teachers in high poverty (usually Title I) schools nationwide can get FORGIVABLE Stafford loans.
2) New out-of-field physics teachers nationwide can apply for TEACH grants of up to $2000 per summer if you teach in a high-poverty school. See
3) Possibly NCLB Title II-A funds in your school district.
4) Teachers in small rural schools can possibly tap into the Small, Rural School Achievement program (REAP) of the U.S. Department of Education.


MNS degree TIPS:
* The GRE is no longer required.
* NEW! Teachers can transfer up to TWELVE credits into the degree program!

Some teachers take PHS 530, modeling workshop in mechanics, BEFORE they apply for the MNS degree. Consider doing that, next June 8-26.

Jane Jackson, Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Program
Box 871504, Dept.of Physics, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287
For 24 years, Modeling Instruction has helped teachers attain knowledge and skills needed to benefit their students. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education. The American Physical Society recognized it with the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award.
The American Modeling Teachers Assn (AMTA) is expanding the work: . AMTA is a 100Kin10 Partner.