Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars
VESSS Summer Academy, 2018

Master Teachers

Where do I apply?

The application link for Master Teachers can be found here.

What is involved with being an online Master Teacher for the VESSS course?

If accepted, you will attend a mandatory training session from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at our office in Hampton VA on November 22, 2019.

Please note:  The position for which you are applying will require you to be fingerprinted and/or a complete background check conducted as a condition of employment.

  • You will be assigned approximately 30-35 students to your group. Your responsibilities will include evaluating and assessing student assignments and providing quality and timely feedback through the Moodle system.
  • Grading matrices are given to provide guidelines on how to grade the assignments. Grades must be input within one week of the students’ assignment submission due date.

How much time is involved in being a Master Teacher each week?

The answer depends on whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the program. There is a bit of a learning curve because you must learn to navigate around the course management software, Moodle. You also will be learning the content along with the students. There are seven modules of assignments for the online course, as well as a final project due in April. The modules are due every two weeks, with three weeks between the final module and the due date of the final project. Some assignments are more detailed than others to assess. Plan on an outlay of ten hours every two weeks if this is your first time as a Master Teacher.

Do I need to teach Earth Science to be a Master Teacher?

No. We encourage any professional teaching a STEM-related course to apply. We give you a detailed answer/explanation key for the math problems, rubrics for the essays, and answers for the online labs.