Teacher Professional Development

The Towson University Center for STEM Excellence is committed to supporting in-service science teachers in Maryland with high-quality professional development experiences. We offer a variety of workshops that help teachers build content knowledge, increase technical skills and explore learner-centered, inquiry-based pedagogy.

Climate Literacy Workshop

Watch this video to learn more about our Climate Literacy workshop.


Current Professional Learning Opportunities

elementary Teachers (grades 3-5)

Insects and NGSS Professional Learning Workshop

Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence is excited to announce applications are being accepted for the Insect Investigations:  Using ‘bugs’ to engage students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices workshop.  This 4-day professional learning workshop is designed specifically for elementary teachers of grades 3-5 and will take place June 26-28 and October 27.

Learn more about the workshop.

Apply for the workshop and have your principal submit a Letter of Support.

The few remaining seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis so get your application in now!


secondary science teachers (grades 6-12)

Climate Literacy and NGSS

This workshop is full and we are no longer accepting applications.  

Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence in collaboration with the MADE-CLEAR project is excited to announce a 5-day professional development workshop focusing on climate literacy aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for science teachers of grades 6 - 12. The Climate Literacy and NGSS workshop will take place during one week in July and a one-day Saturday meeting in November 2018. 

During the workshop, participants will learn about three different classroom climate change activities and how they connect to the three-dimensions (Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas) of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  This workshop is open to both pre-service and in-service secondary science teachers.  

In-service teachers who successfully complete the workshop are eligible for 2 MSDE CPD credits. 


Maryland Loaner Lab Training

The Maryland Loaner Lab Training workshop qualifies secondary science teachers to borrow from the Maryland Loaner Lab. This 3-hour workshop is offered quarterly, or you may request a custom training date at our facility. The workshop is free and open to all middle and high school science teachers in Maryland. 

Learn more about Maryland Loaner Lab Training.

Register for a training session.

Online Maryland Loaner Lab Training

Secondary science teachers in Maryland qualify to borrow kits from our MDLL program by participating in the Maryland Loaner Lab Training.  We are excited to offer the Online Maryland Loaner Lab Training course as an option for teachers to meet the required training for the MDLL program.  This course runs over four weeks with one-two modules scheduled for completion each week.  Total time commitment:  four-six hours.  The workshop is free and open to all middle and high school science teachers in Maryland. 

Check back here for information and registration for our next cohort!

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