The professional development programs at Mystic Seaport provide teachers with behind-the-scenes tours and thematic workshops that correlate the Museum’s vast collections with classroom curriculum. Workshops show teachers how to utilize the Museum and its collections in their classrooms through active participation and interaction with a variety of experts, primary documents, and exhibition objects. Mystic Seaport is an accredited provider of Connecticut Continuing Education Units and teachers receive professional development points for their participation.
School-Year Professional Development Programs
Mystic Seaport provides workshops for primary and secondary school teachers. Sessions may occur at your school or on Museum grounds. Workshops focus on utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to illuminate history. Topics include maritime history, use of primary documents in the classroom, and how to use a museum as a teaching resource. Museum teachers are also available to do short presentations at teacher meetings.
Summer Professional Development Programs
The Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport offers dynamic and challenging graduate-level courses in American maritime history. During a six-week summer session, students may take two out of three possible courses for graduate credit or CEUs. Course selections include a Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research. Mystic Seaport serves as the unique campus for the courses, and students will also attend field seminars in New London, Stonington, and Newport. Anyone with a strong personal and academic interest in the sea may apply. For more information, call 860.572.0711, ext. 5089.
Each year, Mystic Seaport honors one or more teachers with the Orion Award for their commitment to utilizing the Museum’s collections, programs, and learning resources to create meaningful and innovative learning experiences for their students.