IMPACT Inquiry Masters Program Advancing Content for Teachers


IMPACT offers public school science teachers in grades 4-12 the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in Biology (Ecology track) within two years. It is one of only four programs funded nationally by the U.S. Department of Education. IMPACT provides scholarships to cover all financial costs, academic assistance, and professional support. IMPACT scholars begin in the summer of 2011 and graduate with a Master of Science degree in Biology in spring 2013 from The University of Toledo.

IMPACT is a partnership of The University of Toledo College of Arts and Sciences, Judith Herb College of Education, Toledo Public Schools, and other area districts.

IMPACT (Inquiry Masters Program for Teachers Advancing Content) is funded by the U. S. Department of Education through the Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow program.

IMPACT Timeline [Click Here]

IMPACT Brochure [Click Here]


·         Available to public schools science teachers in grades 4-12

·         Teams of teachers from the same school get preference.

·         Require a personal two-year commitment to the grant, (minimum of 30 hours) and a two-year commitment to continue teaching.

·         Include all costs associated (tuition, parking, books, materials…) to earn a non-thesis degree, the Master of Science in Biology (Ecology track). This is a value of over $15,000.00.

·         Includes a two-year membership to SECO (Science Education Council of Ohio).

Plan of Study:

 Requires completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours to earn a non-thesis Master of Science in Biology degree.

All courses are offered at The University of Toledo campus.

Scholars need to be available for classes at the following times:

  • July 25 - August 5, 2011, 9:00 am-4:30 pm

  • Fall 2011 Mondays & Wednesdays

  • Spring 2012 Tuesdays & Thursdays

  • Summer 2012 TBA

  • Fall 2012  Mondays & Wednesdays

  • Spring 2013 Mondays & Wednesdays

  • Timeline Document [Click Here]


Dr. Daryl Moorhead (Lead Scientist), Systems Ecologist

Dr. Hans Gottgens, Wetlands Ecologist

Dr. Chris Mayer, Aquatic Ecologist

Dr. Mike Weintraub, Soil Ecologist

Dr. Charlene M. Czerniak (Lead Educator), Science Teacher Educator

Additional Resources:

To learn more about the Department of Environmental Studies, go to:                   http://www.utoledo.edu/as/envsciences/index.html