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Course SummaryStudy the lessons in our Astronomy for Teachers: Professional Development course at any time. These learning materials can be reviewed quickly to help you earn credits you can use towards your teacher licensing renewal requirements.
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Earn professional development credits to renew your science teaching license with Astronomy for Teachers. Brush up on astronomy topics so you can better teach astronomy, Earth science, geology, and other sciences. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn astronomy credits in a hurry!
- Watch engaging video lessons about Newton's laws and relativity.
- Check your knowledge of things like the Milky Way and celestial navigation with practice quizzes and exams.
- Ask clarification questions from our expert astronomy instructors.
- Earn 3 college credits by taking the DSST Astronomy exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. DSST credits are accepted by over 2,000 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
Astronomy for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use toward licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- Science teachers who want to brush up on astronomy
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging astronomy videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning an astronomy unit or course
- Aspiring astronomy teachers
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- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make astronomy easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert astronomy instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review astronomy terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn astronomy credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including Earth Science for Teachers, Microbiology for Teachers, and Physical Geology for Teachers.
- Find 10,000 engaging lessons that you can use in your classroom or assign out to students.
- Watch more lessons in astronomy as well as geology, chemistry, physics, and other science topics.
- Earn transferable college credit for dozens of courses.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete Astronomy for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Chapter||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1||Chapter 1|
|The History of Astronomy (description of astronomy, astronomy in ancient times, the zodiac, calendars)|
How Scientists Think and Work (the nature of science, research, the scientific method, Occam's razor)
|Day 2||Chapter 3|
|Matter in Astronomy (physical and chemical properties of matter, the atom, the Bohr model, the periodic table)|
Light in Astronomy (wave parameters, the nature of light, the electromagnetic spectrum, color, the interaction of light and matter)
|Day 3||Chapter 5||Newton's Laws in Astronomy (Newton's Laws of Motion weight and mass, net force, free-body diagrams, balanced and unbalanced forces, acceleration)|
|Day 4||Chapter 6||Laws of Gravitation (inclined planes in physics, action and reaction force pairs, air resistance and free fall)|
|Day 5||Chapter 7|
|Momentum, Energy, Pressure, Temperature & Gas (linear momentum, temperature units, thermal energy, the ideal gas law)|
Rotational Motion (translational and rotational motion, five kinematics qualities, angular momentum)
|Day 6||Chapter 9|
|Earth's Spheres and Astronomy (stages of planetary development, forces that shape the Earth, subduction zone)|
Influences on Climate (definition of weather and climate, climate variables, global warming)
Orbits, Tides and Gravity (how to calculate the speed of orbiting objects, what influences tides, free fall physics)
|Day 7||Chapter 12|
|Relativity in Time and Space (classical relativity, time dilation, general and special relativity)|
The Earth, Sky, and Moon (points on the celestial sphere, the four seasons, the moon's atmosphere, lunar eclipses)
|Day 8||Chapter 14|
|The Atmosphere on Earth and Other Planets (how atmospheres gain and lose gas, Earth's atmosphere, the atmospheres of Mars, Venus, and Mercury)|
The Sun and Energy (the fusion process, solar flares, the life cycle of the sun)
Star Types and Significance (sizes and colors of stars, star clusters, binary stars)
|Day 9||Chapter 17|
|Measurement of Star Qualities (how to find the size of a star, how to find the distance to a star, Kirchhoff's laws, the Doppler Effect)|
The Birth and Life of Stars (interstellar medium, nebulae, star formation)
|Day 10||Chapter 19|
|Star Death and Stellar Remnants (supernova and super giant stars, helium fusion, black holes, pulsars)|
The Solar System: Layout, Formation, and Dating (important terms including revolution, rotation, and comets, planetisimals, the Jovian problem)
|Day 11||Chapter 21|
|The Solar System: Components and Characteristics (the inner and outer planets, planetary geology, moons, dwarf planets)|
The Milky Way Galaxy (galaxy formation, structure of the Milky Way, mass of the Milky Way)
|Day 12||Chapter 23|
|Galaxies: Properties and Characteristics (links in the cosmic distance chain, spiral galaxies, Hubble's Law, Hubble's Constant)|
The Universe: Key Concepts and Theories (define the solar system, galaxies and the universe, the Big Bang Theory, hot and cold dark matter, the acceleration of the universe)
|Day 13||Chapter 25|
|Life in the Universe (the nature of life, the theory of evolution, natural selection, types of space missions)|
Celestial Navigation and Timekeeping (units of time, apparent solar time and mean solar time, leap years)
Telescopes (refracting and reflecting telescopes, telescope mounts, how telescopes form images, factors that hinder astronomical observations)
|Day 14||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for astronomy|
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