Bring the ocean to your classroom.

Experiential learning opportunities for teachers.

Our dynamic field experiences help you extend the learning beyond the classroom and immerse your students in hands-on ocean learning.

Science curriculum comes alive through activities on the shoreline, onboard an inshore vessel, or at one of our partner science centres, aquaria, or lab facilities. Most importantly, students get to experience and learn about the ocean at their doorstep.

The Ocean-STEM Teacher Institute offers professional development opportunities for both pre-service and practicing science teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing experiential learning opportunities about the ocean to our province’s schools.

Teaching Fellowships for pre-service teachers and science immersion workshops for practicing teachers are offered in collaboration with Memorial University, Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and science centres throughout the province.

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Teaching Fellowships for pre-service teachers.

Are you a pre-service science teacher looking to inspire your future students? If so, then our Hebron Teaching Fellowship Program is the professional development opportunity of a lifetime.

Be part of a growing number of early-career science teachers who are integrating experiential ocean learning into their teaching practices. Each year, up to 16 pre-service teachers are selected for paid field placements at science centres in the province. As a Teaching Fellow, you will work alongside experienced science educators, helping them develop and deliver experiential learning programs to K-12 students on field trips, as well as pre- and post- trip teaching resources that are linked to curriculum outcomes.

This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of ocean sciences and build your work portfolio doing something you’re passionate about. Enhance your teaching skills and gain confidence in developing programs and resources for effective field trips. You’ll also connect with ocean scientists and gain valuable knowledge about their research and real-world marine technology projects that will inspire future students.

Our Hebron Teaching Fellows gain valuable experience and confidence in integrating field trips and ocean-related topics into their teaching practice. Here is what some of our alumni had to say:

"Before this program, I never really looked at field trips as an integral part of high school curriculum. I gained a plethora of knowledge and skills that I’m excited to utilize in the future as a teacher."

— Cameron Pye, 2017 Hebron Teaching Fellow Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre

"This program was such a valuable and important experience that I wish every pre-service teacher could be a part of it."

— Chelsea Malayny, 2018 Hebron Teaching Fellow Johnson Geo Centre

"I have gained a much deeper confidence in myself and my teaching abilities. After spending a couple of days on the beach trying to speak over waves and rolling rocks, the idea of walking into a classroom with a group of students seems much less intimidating. I am also much more aware of all the great marine research being done right here in NL."

— Penny Boone, 2018 Hebron Teaching Fellow Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre

"This program exceeded my expectations. I gained a deeper knowledge about ocean sciences which I believe will help me be a better ocean educator. Completing this program has allowed me to connect with my peers and with a network of ocean scientists and professionals. Leading the labs was a valuable teaching experience and I gained confidence in my teaching abilities."

— Kelsey Jewer, 2019 Hebron Teaching Fellow Ocean Sciences Centre

Become a Teaching Fellow.

Applications for 2020 will open soon.

Information about our Fall 2020 Hebron Teaching Fellowship Program will be available in Spring, 2020. Up to sixteen 56-hour paid field placements are available each year for this program. Hebron Teaching Fellows receive a stipend of $1,250.

Students who are accepted into the program will be paired with a fellow student and placed at one of three partner sites, which may include:

  • Ocean Sciences Centre, Logy Bay
  • Johnson Geo Centre, St. John’s
  • Manuels River Interpretation Centre, CBS


Who is eligible to participate in the program?

You must be a pre-service teacher:

  • Enrolled in a Bachelor of Education program at Memorial University (Primary/Secondary or Intermediate/Secondary)
  • Planning to teach science and technology within the NL K-12 school system
  • Currently or recently enrolled in a ‘Science Methods’ course (ED3273, ED4174, ED4175)

How do I apply?

Details on the Fall 2020 Hebron Teaching Fellowship application process will be available in Spring, 2020.

How will I benefit from a field placement?

  • Get hands-on teaching experience with K-12 students.
  • Build your confidence and teaching skills.
  • Learn how to plan and deliver an experiential learning program, while increasing your knowledge of the ocean and NL’s marine ecosystems.
  • Learn from experienced science educators and contribute to the development of field trip best practices and teacher resources.
  • Connect with ocean scientists from Memorial University, Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, National Research Council, and more.
  • Get insight into ocean careers and the changing nature of work in ocean industries, information you can pass on to your future students and inspire their career choices with.
  • Enhance your work portfolio, highlighting your experience developing programs and resources for effective field trips.

What’s the selection process?

Applications are ranked based on quality of responses, academic interests, and availability. The shortlisted candidates will be notified when the review process is complete. If selected, they’ll be contacted upon their acceptance into the program.

Discover the world of ocean sciences.

Science immersion workshops for teachers.

Both pre-service and practicing teachers can immerse themselves in real-world marine research during our science immersion workshops. This program is offered to teachers interested in integrating experiential learning about the ocean into Science 1206, Biology 2201, and grades 4-6 science curriculum.

We are working with NLESD to bring our 2020 workshop to life. Please check back soon for details.


For more information, please contact Laura Estrada, Senior Science Educator by filling out the form below.

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