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[Phys-L] ASU's summer MNS degree in physics has in-state tuition for 15 western states (April 1 deadline)

[Will you please forward this to high school physics & chemistry teachers (& student teachers) in your network? Good news for teachers in 15 western states: ASU delayed the application deadline for in-state tuition to April 1, 2015 -- so there is time. -- Jane Jackson]

November, 2014

Would you like to earn the Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics at Arizona State University (ASU)?

IN-STATE TUITION is a new opportunity, through WICHE. LOWER-COST! Teachers in 15 western states can apply -- a considerable savings! Good news: ASU postponed the deadline to apply to APRIL 1, 2015. Apply for in-state tuition at

(Mark McConnell, at a public school in Colorado, was accepted last year for in-state tuition for the 3 summers -- a huge saving! His school is paying part. We arranged his dorm housing, at $20/day for a private bedroom and kitchen privileges.)

Physics and chemistry teachers say that the ASU summer MNS degree program is of great value.
* includes Modeling Workshops: an effective implementation of STEM.
* aligned with NGSS.
* hands-on, minds-on, practical courses 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 Prof. David Hestenes.
* Teachers love the courses. Teaching is satisfying because students learn more.
* It can qualify you to teach Dual Enrollment physics courses.
* 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.)

* 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 for the MNS degree program, click on "ASU logistics and the application process". Start now, and submit it well before April 1, 2015. (This is a separate application. Both are needed.)

Questions? ask, 480-965-8438.

Josh Clearman wrote: "This is an affordable, summer based content degree in physics or chem. It is a very good and challenging degree that is an alternative to an Ed masters. I am a grad of this program and recommend it highly." Josh is a Dean at Green River CC and formerly taught high school physics in Florida.

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) Ask your principal to request NCLB Title II-A funds from your school district.
4) Teachers in small rural schools can ask their principal for funds from the Small, Rural School Achievement program (REAP) of the U.S. Department of Education.


MNS degree TIPS:
* The GRE is no longer required.
* 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. (We will also hold the Modeling Workshop in mechanical waves & sound, led by Michael Crofton.) 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.