NASA ePDN and Georgia Institute of Technology STEM Certificates and Self Directed Courses

NASA ePDN - Electronic Professional Development Network

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.


Are you looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting STEM resources to use in your learning/teaching environments? Then NASA's Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) is for you!

The ePDN offers:

  • FREE online professional development certificate programs for K-12 teachers in Robotics, Statistics, Project-Based Inquiry Learning, and Technology Integration
  • Certificate courses that are hands-on, interactive and infused with NASA content. Each certificate program consists of four courses, totaling at least 52 hours of instruction.
  • The flexibility to take individual courses within a certificate program, to mix and match courses among certificates, or to complete an entire certificate program. All courses can be submitted to your school systems for Continuing Education Units to use towards recertification requirements.
  • Self-directed courses that you can participate in at your own pace. Focusing on one particular content area, courses include Astrobiology, Microgravity, Outer Space Environment, with additional topics added every year.
  • Connections with colleagues around the country, and even the world, who teach or coach similar subjects. All participants must be U.S. citizens.


To learn more about what the ePDN offerings, click on the Certificates and Self Directed Courses links above.


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