NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Warner used to visit New York City's American Museum of Natural History as a child and remembers being frightened of the 94-foot-long blue whale model that's suspended from the ceiling.
That's why it was "surreal" for Warner to return to the museum in the summer of 2012 to start a 15-month master's program in teaching.
The master's program is the nation's only freestanding graduate program at a museum.
Students are on a paid fellowship but must commit to teaching earth science at a high-needs public school for at least four years after they graduate.
The master's program consists of two summers of study sandwiched around a single school year. Candidates work as student teachers Monday through Thursday during the school year and attend classes at the museum on Fridays.