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

Harbor Scholars

The Harbor Scholars workshop is designed exclusively for Baltimore 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).

For more information about the workshop, visit Harbor Scholars

Applications for the 2022–2023 cohort of Harbor Scholars will open early next year. Join our email list to receive notification of when the application is available.

For questions, email Annemarie McDonald, .


secondary science teachers

B'More Codes

B’More Codes is an online professional development program centered around a student coding and engineering design challenge. The program is open to middle school teachers of STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) content and will consist of three synchronous virtual sessions that will provide participants with tools to introduce coding and the engineering design process in their classes.

Participating teachers will receive a $250 stipend and a free field trip to the SciTech Student Learning Lab, where their students will complete an engineering design and coding challenge using Lego® SPIKE™ Prime sets. During the field trip, students will solve a real-world problem by building, testing, and troubleshooting a prototype design. 

This workshop is made possible by generous funding from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

The B′More Codes Info Sheet (PDF) provides details about the workshop including the online session dates.

Interested? Complete the B'More Codes Application by December 8, 2021.

B′More Secure GenCyber Train the Trainer Program

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields and offers incredible career and post-secondary opportunities for students. We've created a year-long professional learning opportunity to support middle and high school educators in Maryland integrate cybersecurity concepts into their courses and engage their students in learning about careers and post-secondary opportunities in cyber security. 

The B’More Secure GenCyber program is open to Maryland teachers (from any discipline) who are interested in infusing cybersecurity lessons in their teaching. The program is designed to support those with little to no cybersecurity content knowledge (novice track) as well as teachers with existing cybersecurity foundation knowledge and teaching experience who want to continue to build their skills (advanced track). 

This workshop made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation.

For more information, visit B′More Secure: GenCyber Train the Trainer

Applications will be available in early 2022.  

Online Maryland Loaner Lab Training

Secondary science teachers in Maryland qualify to borrow kits from our Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) program by participating in the MDLL 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 entirely 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.

For more details about online training, visit Maryland Loaner Lab Training Workshop.

Our next on-line training session will be Summer 2022.  Please sign-up for our newsletter to be notified when applications open.

Contact  with questions.