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 leaner-centered, inquiry-based pedagogy.

Climate Literacy Workshop

Watch this video about our workshop on Climate Literacy.


Current Professional Development Opportunities

PreK-6 Integrated STEM Instructional Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program at Towson University

Are you an educator who serves students in grades PreK-6? Does the idea of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (iSTEM) education energize you? Do you want to affect change not only in your classroom, but also in your school, your school system, and beyond? If so, this 6-course, 18-credit program is an excellent choice for you! Blended courses utilize a combination of face-to-face and online learning; approximately half of the program is face-to-face, and half is online. Graduates earn the Maryland State Department of Education Instructional Leader STEM (PreK-6) Endorsement. Need a master’s degree? Use the credits of this program towards a master’s. Click here for more information.  Contact Program Director, Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue at if you have questions. Coursework begins Spring 2018. Apply now! Application deadline is January 2, 2018.

 Educators Needed for Interviews on Insects and Teaching

Calling all elementary and middle school science teachers! A new paid research study is being conducted on the teaching and use of insects in science, and all elementary and middle school science teachers in Maryland are invited to join and discuss your current and future use of insects in the classroom (even if you currently do not teach anything about insects or use invertebrates).

Participants will discuss these topics in a one-on-one interview for about an hour held at a location of your choice. If you agree to participate, interviews will be videotaped for research purposes only and will not be shared with anyone. These interviews will inform the creation of teacher professional development opportunities focused on integrating insects into school science curricula. For your time, participating teachers will be paid $25.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in this study, please contact Dr. Faith Weeks via or 410-704-5176. And please feel free to share this information with other elementary and middle school science teachers in Maryland that may be interested in participating in this research study.

 Maryland Loaner Lab Training Workshop

The Maryland Loaner Lab Training workshop qualifies 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. Click here for more information and to register for a training session.