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 and NGSS 

Insect Investigations: Using ‘bugs’ to engage students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices workshop is a 4-day professional learning workshop that is designed specifically for Maryland elementary teachers of grades 3-5. The workshop will be held July 7-9, and with a final meeting Saturday, November 7, 2020. Successful participants will earn 3 CPD credits from MSDE.

Click here for more information on Insects and NGSS.

Click here to apply to apply to Insects and NGSS.  

Contact Mary Stapleton () with questions.

Harbor Scholars

Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence, in partnership with the Healthy Harbor Initiative is offering an exciting new professional learning opportunity for 5th grade teachers in Baltimore City public schools (City Schools). The Harbor Scholars program is integrated with City Schools Save the Bay curriculum unit and will support teachers in effective and engaging implementation of MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences).

Learn more and apply to the Harbor Scholars professional learning workshop.

Contact Annemarie McDonald () with questions.


secondary science teachers

Climate Literacy and NGSS

Climate Literacy and NGSS is a 5-day professional learning workshop focusing on climate literacy lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for Maryland science teachers of grades 6 to 12. The workshop will be held July 14 - 17, and with a final meeting Saturday, November 14, 2020. Successful participants will earn 2 CPD credits from MSDE

Click here for more information on Climate Literacy and NGSS

Click here to apply to Climate Literacy and NGSS

Contact Kara Berger () with questions.

Ant Analysis

The Ant Analysis: Using insect investiations to engage students in science is a workshop designed for middle school science teachers to learn more about insects through a hands-on, authentic research experience.  Successful participants will earn a $1,125 stipend.  The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Faith Weeks, a professor of entomology and science education at Towson University.  

Click here for detailed information on the Ant Analysis workshop.

Click here to apply for the Ant Analysis workshop.

Contact Dr. Faith Weeks () with questions.  

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.

Contact with questions.

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 in June and is completely asynchronous with modules scheduled for completion each week. The total time commitment is between 6 and 8 hours. This course is free and open to all middle and high school science teachers in Maryland. 

Applications will be available here in Spring 2020. 

Contact  with questions.