Modeling Instruction Program

Modeling Instruction

Modeling Instruction applies structured inquiry techniques to the teaching of basic skills and practices in mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, quantitative estimation and technology-enabled data collection and analysis. It emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning community. Students are engaged with simple scenarios to learn to model the physical world. Modeling cultivates science teachers as school experts on use of technology in science teaching, and encourages teacher-to-teacher training in science teaching methods, thereby providing schools and school districts with a valuable resource for broader reform

Data on students of teachers who have been through the Modeling Instruction program show that students typically achieve twice the learning gain on a standard test of conceptual understanding as students who are taught conventionally. Further, Modeling Instruction is successful with students who have not traditionally done well in physics. Experienced modelers report increased enrollments in physics classes, parental satisfaction, and enhanced achievement in college courses across the curriculum.

Apply for Nondegree Graduate Status

There is no limit to the number of courses you can take as a Nondegree Graduate student. However, if you are interested in applying for the Master of Natural Science program with the Department of Physics, only 12 graduate units may be taken prior to admission. 

For admission standards, restrictions and additional information on Nondegree Graduate Status at ASU, click here. For more information on how and when to apply, click here

Apply now for Nondegree Graduate Status

How to register for your summer course

  • For AZ teachers who are authorized for a partial tuition scholarship or are receiving school assistance, please contact Jane Jackson.
    • Each Year -
      • Students who register for our summer courses by May 18th must pay by May 25th, or the student will be placed on an automated tuition installment plan and charged a fee per the university.
      • Students who register for our summer courses after May 18th do not need to pay tuition until June 25th.
      • Students who register for our summer courses after June 18th do not need to pay tuition until July 25th. 
  • For teachers who are paying full tuition:
    • Wait to register for your course until after you apply to ASU. Because our courses do not fall during the regular A, B, or C summer sessions, the late registration fee is different than regular summer sessions. According to Student Business Services Tuition and Fee Descriptions, "Students enrolling exclusively in late start sessions, will be assessed the late registration fee beginning one week before the session start date". 
    • Register online at through your MyASU or through the ASU Class Search.
    • For online payment information, visit the ASU REGISTRAR WEBSITE.