Evolution: A Course for Educators

How are all of the species living on Earth today related? How does understanding evolutionary science contribute to our well-being? In this course, participants will learn about evolutionary relationships, population genetics, and natural and artificial selection. Participants will explore evolutionary science and learn how to integrate it into their classrooms.

About The Course

The AMNH course Evolution: A Course for Educators provides an overview of biological evolution for educators. Informed by the recently released Next Generation Science Standards, the course explores the history of evolutionary theory and the evidence that supports it. We will learn about patterns of human evolution and societal implications of modern evolutionary biology, and how scientists determine relatedness among living and extinct organisms. Course participants will bring their understanding of course themes - along with content resources, discussion questions, and assignments - into their own teaching. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class?
This class contains all the readings and materials you will need.

Who should enroll in this course?
All interested educators are welcome to enroll in this course. The course content focuses primarily on biological science at the secondary school level (grades 7-12 in the United States).

What are the prerequisites for the class?
There are no prerequisites for this course.

What opportunities are available at the American Museum of Natural History as part of this class?
The Museum, located in New York City, offers many rich and diverse opportunities to explore evolution, including, in particular, the Hall of Human Origins and the Fossil Halls. For more information, please visit amnh.org

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course.