The VSCS Frequently Asked Questions page contains answers to common questions about the program.

What is involved with being an online Master Teacher for the VSCS program?

If accepted, you must attend a training session from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM at our office in Hampton VA on November 14, 2014. You will be assigned around 30 students to your group. Your responsibilities will include evaluating and assessing student assignments and providing quality and timely feedback through the Moodle system. Grading matrices are given to provide guidelines on how to grade the assignments. Grades must be input within one week of the students' assignment submission due date.

How much time is involved in being a Master Teacher each week?

The answer depends on whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the program. There is a bit of a learning curve because you must learn to navigate around the course management software, Moodle. You may also be learning the content along with the students. There are five modules of assignments for the online course. The modules are due every three weeks for the first four modules, with three weeks between the final module and the due date of the final project. Some assignments are more detailed than others to assess. Plan on spending approximately ten hours every three weeks if this is your first time as a Master Teacher.

What teaching experience do I need in order to be a Master Teacher?

Our hiring committee highly favors those applications that demonstrate competencies in Earth Science, Aerospace Science, and/or integrated STEM Education.

Do I need to have experience in online teaching and learning to be hired?

Yes.  Our hiring committee highly favors those applications that demonstrate experience in participating as a master teacher, as well as a student in an online course. This better prepares the Master Teacher candidate for the expectations of facilitating a productive online learning environment.