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Posted on August 2, 2017

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California University of Pennsylvania has entered into a partnership with the American Meteorological Society to provide graduate-level credits tuition-free to K-12 teachers who take AMS Education program courses in Earth sciences.

Dr. Chad Kauffman, a professor in Cal U’s Department of Earth Sciences, will serve as curriculum development coordinator and lead for the AMS DataStreme program, which engages educators nationwide in studying the planet’s weather, oceans and climate.

Teachers who complete the courses become science leaders in their own schools and communities, educating their teaching colleagues and ultimately reaching millions of students nationwide.

Since 1992, more than 21,000 teachers have taken AMS Education program courses.

“This program is a natural fit for Cal U, with its long history of teacher education and its special mission in science and technology,” says Kauffman.

“By helping teachers learn more about Earth sciences, we strengthen our K-12 schools, encourage kids to build STEM skills, and nurture a new generation of young scientists and researchers.”

Learn more about teaching Earth sciences

Beginning this fall, Cal U will offer three-credit DataStreme Atmosphere, Ocean, and Earth’s Climate System courses through its online learning management system — the same Desire2Learn system that supports the University’s nationally recognized Cal U Global Online degree programs. DataStreme courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Workshop-oriented courses meet during the summer term: The Maury Project is based at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and Project Atmosphere is held at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Cal U’s robust online learning management system will allow K-12 teachers to access course content, view presentations, reply to message boards, and interact with their instructors, mentors and classmates.

Teams of regionally based mentors support the teachers enrolled in DataStreme courses. These educators and scientists provide feedback, promote learning and assist teachers as they apply their coursework to curriculum development and hands-on lessons at their local schools. 

K-12 teachers may take the DataStreme, Project Atmosphere and Project Murray courses individually, in any order. Those who complete at least nine credits earn a post-baccalaureate certificate from Cal U’s School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Register now

K-12 teachers can register for AMS Education program courses at the American Meteorological Society’s website. Learn more about AMS Education Program courses and download an application.

For more information about the AMS DataStreme Graduate Certificate or other Cal U graduate degree and certificate options, contact or 724-938-4187.

About the American Meteorological Society

Founded in 1919, the American Meteorological Society is a leading voice in promoting and advancing the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

Headquartered in Boston, with an office in Washington, D.C., AMS has more than 13,000 members, including researchers, scientists, broadcasters, educators and other professionals, as well as students and weather enthusiasts.

AMS publishes books, textbooks and articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; certifies broadcast meteorologists; helps to inform policy makers about the latest scientific understanding and high-impact research; and promotes Earth science literacy through initiatives for K-12 teachers and undergraduate institutions across the country.