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.

From our alumni.

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

"I did not imagine I would learn so much in such a short period of time. I learned a lot about the importance of field trips, and especially the importance of preparing students for field trips to maximize the amount of time we have for learning, and to keep them engaged and on task."

— Brenna Hickey, 2017 Hebron Teaching Fellow Johnson GEO 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

"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

Become a teaching fellow.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Information about our 2020 Hebron Teaching Fellowship Program will be available in January 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 in the 2019 season:

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

Field placements in Labrador and Nunavut are currently under consideration.


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?

Complete this online form which will guide you through the application process. You’ll be asked to provide:

  • Contact info
  • Availability for September-December 2019
  • Expression of interest
  • Resume with at least two references
  • Agreement to participate in a study with researchers from the Faculty of Education and the Oceans Learning Partnership

Shortlisted candidates may be required to do an interview.

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?

There are twelve spots available, with applications 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.

Get in touch about the dates of the 2019 scheduled workshops.


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

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