According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, educators who specialize in high-demand fields – such as science – are expected to have the best career prospects over the next eight years. As a result, some campus-based and online colleges are launching new programs that are intended to help these professionals gain the skills they will need to teach these subjects.

For instance, Colorado State University recently created an online master’s program in natural sciences education. This course of study is intended to help teachers in both rural and urban areas learn how to effectively present related topics to middle and high school students.

Enrollees will take classes on teaching models, classroom communication, education policy analysis, physics, spectroscopy, chemistry, energy, pollution and environmental biology. In addition to this coursework, degree seekers will be required to complete research and independent study projects.

Don Mykles, associate dean of the university’s College of Natural Sciences, said that this course of study allows current and prospective teachers to access a “content-rich curriculum without having to give up their day job.”

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