Teton Science Schools’ Graduate Program is a unique combination of academic and practical professional training. Our faculty are highly committed to student success and in turn have high expectations for all graduate students.
Good graduate education requires commitment on the part of the learner. Our courses are rigorous, experiential in character, and very student centered. Students receive considerable one on one attention from faculty and work closely on projects with faculty and fellow graduate students. There will be many opportunities to interact with renowned scientists, educators, writers, and other professionals.
All graduate students participate in four-six weeks of a mentored teaching practicum each season. The practica are essential components of the program. Experiences will include residential field education programs as well as outreach and community education experiences with a variety of ages. Faculty actively support and nurture the growth of each graduate student’s teaching.
Community & Teamwork
The Graduate Program is a close knit community living and learning environment that provides a rich and exceptional learning experience not found in more impersonal programs. A typical year has between 14 and 24 graduate students enrolled. The community aspect of the program builds lifelong relationships and contributes to a significant development as a person. Commitment to being a responsible community member is essential to a successful experience. Teaching practica and academic projects typically require a high degree of team interaction. The resultant growth in teamwork skills is exceptional.
Graduate students develop leadership skills in various roles during teaching, academic courses, and community living. These leadership skills often result from explicit assignments (e.g. hosting field education groups) and implicit community living situations. Outdoor leadership is emphasized throughout the program with frequent opportunities to lead frontcountry and backcountry events.