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Providing a robust experiential field program linking so many aspects of scientific processing and pedagogy into deep learning experience requires an equally robust educational infrastructure. This support is provided by two Georgia Southern University college courses that may be taken for college credit or used to establish Professional Development Credits within the teacher-intern’s school system. Two semester courses were developed to carry the program in a sustainable manner; GS GEOL 5740: Sea Turtle Natural History and GEOL 5741: Sea Turtle Conservation.

The summer field course, GEOL 5740: Sea Turtle Natural History, is a proven course taught since 1992, providing maximum teacher exposure to strong pedagogy and scientific methodology, integrated field based content in geology, biology, and environmental science and practice in field triage through total immersion in a field-based scientific research project on St. Catherines Island, GA.  The follow-up course, GEOL 5741: Sea Turtle Conservation, is a hybrid e-mail/distance learning course, integrating pre- and post-internship training, resource unit development, web-based resources and a teaching unit on endangered species. The course builds classroom activities that utilize materials, data and the first-hand experience and knowledge acquired on St. Catherines Island and links these activities to Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). The follow-up course is based on an inquiry model of investigation emphasizing life-long, self-learning and promotes the process by gradual assimilation of teachers into a learning community networking with former and present teacher interns, scientists and other professionals working in fields of marine ecology, biology, geology, environmental science and wildlife conservation.


Last updated: 11/30/2015