"The MNS program distinguishes itself by attracting a motivated group of learners, providing useful and challenging courses, modeling the type of student-centered instruction promoted by the program’s develop-ers, supporting student-to-student and student-to-instructor collaboration and following up on the impact of the program as teachers return to their high school classrooms. Simply put, the MNS machinery is doing what it claims."

- National Science Foundation internal grant evaluator

Become a better teacher!

Participate in Arizona State University’s comprehensive summer graduate program for professional development of in-service teachers of physics, chemistry and physical science. The foundation is Modeling Instruction* (nine distinct Modeling Workshops). The Master of Natural Science degree program extends and deepens the Modeling Instruction program with eight courses in integrated science and contemporary physics.

This unique graduate program has attracted 1000 teachers from all over the nation; 90% cite the desire to become a better teacher as their chief reason for participating. 


  • Modeling Workshops in physics and chemistry are aligned with NGSS science practices.
  • All courses are relevant for the high school classroom: hands on, minds on.
  • Flexible: Three summer sessions; easy enrollment as non degree graduate student. No cohorts.
  • Low-cost on-campus housing can be arranged (group rate, private bedroom).
  • Financial aid for MNS degree candidates: In state tuition for residents of 16 western states WICHE; Stafford forgivable loans, TEACH grants.