Summer at the U is the perfect time to enhance your professional development or pursue an interest in a convenient, condensed format.
Programs for Educators
To find the best program for you, click on the links below for more information. You can also review a comprehensive list of programs and courses geared toward preK−12 educators that are offered throughout the year.
Some of these courses are grant-funded and can be taken at little or no cost to you. They are available for graduate and/or undergraduate credit. Talk to the department offering the course about tuition and credit options.
Online and in-person courses for K-12 teachers.
Enhance your science or math curriculum with through lab experiences and new teaching resources.
Workshops and institutes that challenge you to combine critical thinking and problem-solving skills with the knowledge and materials needed to engage students in international issues.
Designed for teachers of foreign languages and English as a second language. Courses are offered on the Twin Cities campus, typically during the last three weeks in July.
CARLA offers a range of institutes targeted at foreign language and ESL teachers from a variety of teaching levels and contexts.
Reading and Writing
Share best practices, engage in critical discussions, conduct research into current theories of literacy and pedagogy, and improve your own writing skills.
Enhance your students' understanding of fundamental ecological principles and the impacts of various human-induced disturbances on ecosystem health and function.
BrainU provides K-12 teachers with neuroscience training, materials, and staff support to bring brain science to your students.
From the College of Biological Sciences, Summer Science Discovery offers elementary and secondary teachers a chance to spend time in the classroom and in the field with University scientists and faculty.
Ideal for graduate students and practice professionals in public health and related fields.
A six-week, all expenses paid, biostatistics immersion program for undergraduates who have an interest in mathematics, statistics, computing, science, or public health research.
Brings together researchers and educators for professional learning and discussion on mindfulness research and research-informed practices to address the pressing need for innovations that promote wellbeing in school communities.
Learn strategies for creating a buzz to engage young people and their families in conversations about healthy sexuality.
Field Study Programs
Spend three weeks or one week in rural southwestern Minnesota getting to know the land, the community, and yourself.
Field biology courses at Itasca are open to domestic or international undergraduate and graduate students of any accredited college or university, as well as to others with continuing education objectives. We welcome students from around the United States and the world.