NSTA's Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Shippensburg University’s Office of Professional, Continuing and Distance Education (PCDE) provides teachers the opportunity to receive one to three graduate level credits for the participation in the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) - Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.  

We encourage individuals to join us for this unique learning experience and earn one to three graduate credits and an official transcript from the university upon program completion. 


EDU497 Special Topics:  Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

This course provides teachers enrolled in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy with the opportunity to apply the principles of the academy in their school and classes and to earn 1 to 3 graduate credits, based on the needs of individual participants, from Shippensburg University.  Participants who submit the "after-Academy assignments" to the university on time will have their work graded on a letter grade system basis by Dr. Christine Royce, Professor and Chair of the Teacher Education Department in Shippensburg’s College of Education and Human Services.  Participants who successfully complete the work will be awarded 1-3 graduate credits and an official transcript from the university as evidence (up to three transcripts are available at no cost).

Registration Deadline: September 7, 2015

Completion Deadline: November 1, 2015

Registration Information and Costs

Registration is restricted to individuals who have completed NSTA's 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.  To start the registration and payment process, follow these steps:

Step 1: To indicate your interest in receiving credit from Shippensburg University for the Academy, COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS BRIEF ONLINE INTEREST FORM.

Step 2: Once the university has received your online interest form, you will be sent an email that provides directions to a) complete Shippensburg University's non-degree application form, b) pay the $15 application fee, and c) activate your Shippensburg Univiersity email account.

Step 3: Once the university has processed your non-degree application form (step 2 above), the university will a) register you for the class, and b) send you billing and payment information via your Shippensburg University email account.


1 Credit 2 Credits 3 Credits
Non-Degree Application Fee
$15 $15 $15
Tuition & Fees
$150 $300 $450
Total Cost
$165 $315 $465

Instructor Information

Dr. Dr. Christine Anne Royce portraitChristine Anne Royce is a Professor in and Department Chairperson for the Teacher Education Department and co-director for the MAT in science education program at Shippensburg University. She is the co-author of  the NSTA Press Book titled: Teaching Science Through Trade Books, which is related to one of her more familiar roles as the co-editor/author for the ”Teaching Through Trade Books Column” in Science and Children.  She has served as the NSTA Professional Development Division Director (09-12); District IV Director (06-09); NSELA Treasurer (11-present). She is an Educator Astrophysics Ambassador for NASA Education and Public Outreach program coordinated by Sonoma State University. She currently is the Executive Secretary for PSTA where she served in the presidential chain on two separate occasions.  She received her Ed.D in Science Education from Temple University; and is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science; and the PAC-TE Teacher Educator of the Year Award among other recognitions. She was part of the NSTA Delegation to Shanghai China in 2010 as part of the first US-Sino Forum on Science and Education.

Additional Information

Students will be awarded a final letter grade (on a pass/fail basis) in EDU497 from Shippensburg University once the faculty member evaluates the student's work; all work must be received by the faculty member by November 17, 2015.  Students may request an official transcript from Shippensburg University at http://www.ship.edu/Registrar/Requesting_Transcripts. A $3.00 charge per transcript will be assessed for any requests totaling more than 3.


For questions about this course, contact Shippensburg University’s Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education at pcde@ship.edu or call 717-477-1502.