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.



Professional Learning Opportunities

elementary Teachers

Insects Investigations 

Insect Investigations: Using ‘bugs’ to engage students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices workshop is a 4-day summer professional learning workshop that is designed specifically for Maryland elementary teachers of grades 3-5. Successful participants will earn 3 CPD credits from MSDE.

Check back here in Spring 2021 to apply.  

Contact Mary Stapleton () with questions.

Harbor Scholars

The Harbor Scholars workshop is designed exclusively for Batlimore City 5th grade teachers to explore how to effectively engage their students in action projects as part of the Save the Bay! science unit.  Educators will learn about critical issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay as well as best practices around engaging students in MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences).  

Learn more about the Harbor Scholars professional learning workshop.  Applications for the 2021-2022 Harbor Scholars cohort will be available here beginning February, 2021.  Sign up here to join our Harbor Scholars mailing list.  

Contact Annemarie McDonald () with questions.


secondary science teachers

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 typically runs  for three consecutive weeks; it is completely asynchronous with a total time commitment between 6 and 8 hours. This course is free and open to all middle and high school science teachers in Maryland. 

Please sign-up for our newsletter to be notified of the next online training session.

Learn more about Online Maryland Loaner Lab Training.

Contact  with questions.