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STeLLA for a Medical Mystery

Professional Learning to Support an NGSS Unit for Middle School Science Teachers

Online Summer 2021 Science Education Professional Renewal Course

In this course you will learn strategies of teaching a designed-for-NGSS middle school life science unit to students in grades 6-9. You will learn to enact this NGSS unit using a unique, videocase-based approach that engages you in analyzing science lesson videos from real classrooms. You will have opportunities to analyze video clips of implementation of the unit and use of STeLLA strategies in small groups. The emphasis in this course will be on essential elements of quality science instruction, specifically making student thinking visible and creating a coherent science content storyline to empower learning for a diverse student population. During the course you will also deepen your science content knowledge related to body systems and how they interact. Through analysis and practice work, you will deepen your knowledge of effective science teaching and learning. 

Through the STeLLA for A Medical Mystery coursework, you will develop knowledge and abilities for teaching science in ways that will help all students make significant progress in understanding core science ideas, crosscutting concepts in science, and scientific practices. These learning goals are identified in the Next Generation Science Standards. This course provides opportunities for you to learn how to enact ideas from the course into your science teaching.


  • Eligibility

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Eligibility by State

    At this time, UNC can serve online education to students from every state, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online offerings who reside in the CNMIs.

  • Register

    Use CRN: 40943

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • Contact Us

    Susan M. Kowalski, Ph.D.

    UNC Extended Campus

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. If you have not activated your Bearmail, directions are in the directions for course registration and activation.

    • Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.
    • To view or pay your bill, log into Ursa and go to the Financial tab. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an eBill system.
    • Further instructions for finding and paying your bill are available on the UNC Bursar's website.