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In a partnership with the Utah Education Network (UEN), USTA now offers online endorsement courses to better meet the needs of Utah educators who are pursuing science endorsements. These online Content Teaching Courses are developed by Utah teachers and community experts to support teaching the Utah Core Standards; building deep content knowledge in science to support instruction; and effective teaching strategies that are best practice to help support student success in college and career. The classes use rubrics that align with the vision for science education articulated in our core standards, as well as the Literacy for Science standards articulated in the English Language Arts core documents.

Course designs are aligned to the principles of adult learning, based on the Vella approach to Dialogue Education, and support high quality, collaborative learning that will be immediately relevant and applicable to one’s teaching.

  • All USTA/UEN online science endorsement courses will count towards Utah State Board of Education Endorsement Requirements. Each USTA/UEN online course description lists the endorsement course requirements that it fulfills. After successful completion of the course participants will receive 3.0 Southern Utah University Credits post to an SUU Transcript.
  • Most online science endorsement courses require participants to practice science lessons in either a classroom setting or with a group of at least five individuals each week (can be family and friends). Depending on the course, you may need to be able to have weekly access to one of these two settings to complete assignments.
  • This 12 week course is only done over the set 12 week period.  Participants are not able to "move at your own pace" but work within the module assigned for that week.   Modules cannot be unlocked ahead of the scheduled time.


  • Due to the generosity of The STEM Action Center, the cost for each 12-week endorsement course has been dropped to $250 for a current USTA Member and $400 for a Non USTA Member (Join USTA and save significantly). The registration cost includes the fee to post the SUU Credit to a transcript. There is no requirement that participants are a matriculated student at SUU to earn credit. 
  • Along with the registration costs some courses may have modest costs that will be described in the course description. Some courses will require the purchase of course materials including but not limited to texts, digital resources, and/or professional organization memberships.

To REGISTER, scroll below.

Questions:  mhuddleston@utsta.org

Summer Weeklong Courses

UtSTA offers week-long endorsement courses over the summer months in partnership with Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Southern Utah University.  All courses are taught by highly qualified instructors that have experience in K-12 classrooms like yours.  The classes are designed to be hand-on and inquiry based so that teachers can learn the lessons/techniques and take them back to use in their classrooms.  Each class lasts for only one week and generally starts Monday and ends Friday.


  • Due to the generosity of The STEM Action Center, the cost for each course has been dropped to $250 for a current UtSTA Member and $400 for a Non UtSTA Member (Join UtSTA and save significantly). This covers the price of the instructor, class location, supplies, food (lunch and snacks), and university credit recording fees. 
  • Participants are responsible for all travel, evening meals, and (for courses that are not at UVU Capitol Reef Field Station) lodging costs. 
  • The registration cost includes the fee to post the University Credit to a transcript. There is no requirement that participants are a matriculated student at the university to earn credit.

To REGISTER, scroll below.  

Questions: Contact Duane Merrell     duane_merrell@byu.edu

Endorsement and Professional Development Courses

 Astronomy  Astronomy  Astronomy  
Online  Anatomy  Biology  Anatomy    Anatomy   Anatomy
Online  Biochemistry  Genetics  Biochemistry  Genetics  Biochemistry Genetics Biochemistry
Online  Biology 






 Biology Evolutionary


Online  Chemistry 1  Chemistry 2   Chemistry 1
 Chemistry 2 
 Chemistry 1 Chemistry 2 
Chemistry 1
Online  Ecology  Zoology  Ecology  Zoology  Ecology  Zoology  Ecology
Online  Meteorology  Geology  Meteorology
 Geology  Meteorology  Geology Meteorology
Online  Physics 2 
 Physics 1  Physics 2
 Physics 1  Physics 2 Physics 1 Physics 2
Online  Modern






Online    Earth Systems    Earth   Systems           Earth Systems  
Online  Safety  Certification  Safety


 Safety Certification  Safety   Certification    Safety
Safety Certification Safety Certification
Summer Weeklong    Astronomy
 Week of Jun 3
Summer Weeklong    Microbiology

 Week of Jun 17


 Physics w/labs

Summer Weeklong    Chemistry 1      Chemistry 2    
Summer Weeklong    Ecology      Evolutionary


Summer Weeklong    Physical Geology      Historical


Summer Weeklong    Physics 2      Physics 1    
Summer Weeklong    Secondary

 Teaching Methods


 Teaching   Methods 

STEM Endorsement Weeklong    STEM Practices w/   Focus on Tech      Nature of Sci and   Engineering for


STEM Endorsement Weeklong    Energy in STEM      Forces in STEM    
STEM Endorsement Weeklong    Mathematics for   Teaching K-8      Matter in STEM    

Click on a course to register 

What Courses Will Count towards My Endorsement?

Advanced Physics w/lab: Physical Science, Physics (Will count as an advanced class OR the lab class, not both)

Anatomy: Biological Sciences

Astronomy: Earth Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2), Physical Science

Biochemistry: Chemistry

Biology: Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2)

Chemistry 1: (Also known as General Chem or Inorganic Chem)  Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Science,  Environmental Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2), Physical Science

Chemistry 2: Chemistry, Physical Science

Earth Systems: Middle Level Science (Pathway 2)

Ecology: Biological Sciences, Earth Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2), Environmental Science,

Evolutionary Biology: Biological Sciences, Environmental Science

Geology: Earth Science, Environmental Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2)

Genetics: Biological Sciences

Historical Geology: Earth Science, Environmental Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2)

Meteorology: Earth Science, Environmental Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2), Physical Science,

Microbiology: Biological Sciences

Modern Physics: Physical Science, Physics (Will count as an advanced class OR the lab class, not both) 

Physical Geology: Earth Science, Environmental Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2)

Physics 1: Earth Science, Middle Level Science (Pathway 2), Physical Science, Physics 

Physics 2: Physical Science, Physics

Safety Certification: All Secondary Science Endorsements

Secondary Teaching Methods: All Secondary Science Endorsements

Zoology: Biological Sciences, Environmental Science

USBE Endorsement Requirements

Click on each Endorsement to see what courses are required for the endorsement:

 Biological Science              Middle Level Science               
 Chemistry Earth Science
 Physical Science Environmental Science
 Physics Elementary STEM

Additional information can be found on the Utah State Board of Education website. 

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