American Meteorological Society DataStreme Certificate

American Meteorological Society DataStreme Certificate Online Graduate Certificate

About the AMS DataStreme Certificate

Strengthen your teaching skills in Earth system science.

Advance your teaching skills and enhance your knowledge of Earth's atmosphere, ocean and climate systems with the AMS DataStreme Certificate program at PennWest California.

Through its unique partnership with the American Meteorological Society, PennWest California offers K-12 teachers an opportunity to earn graduate credits tuition-free when they participate in nationally recognized AMS Education Program courses.

Become a leader in Earth sciences education.

More than 21,000 teachers across the United States have energized their science classes with information and techniques learned through AMS DataStreme courses and hands-on AMS workshops. They become science leaders in their own schools and communities, educating their teaching colleagues and ultimately reaching millions of students nationwide.

PennWest California's School of Graduate Studies and Research awards three graduate level credits for each AMS DataStreme course or workshop. Finish any three courses (nine credits) in any order to receive a post-baccalaureate certificate from PennWest California.

DataStreme courses are offered online in the spring and fall semesters. Workshop-oriented courses meet at a federal training facility during the summer term. Teachers may complete these tuition-free, graduate-level courses in any order:

  • DataStreme Atmosphere (online).
  • DataStreme Oceans (online).
  • DataStreme Earth's Climate System (online).
  • Project Atmosphere (workshop oriented).
  • Project Ocean (workshop oriented).

Learn more about AMS courses or download an application.


Online delivery: AMS DataStreme coursework is delivered through PennWest California's online learning management system. Courses are asynchronous, so you can complete your assignments anywhere, at any time. All you need is an Internet connection. PennWest California's online learning system allows you to access course content, view presentations, reply to message boards, and interact with your instructors, mentors and classmates.

Local support: Teachers enrolled in DataStreme courses are supported by teams of regionally based mentors, called Local Implementation Teams or LITs. These expert educators and scientists answer questions and provide feedback, promote learning, and assist as you apply your coursework to curriculum development and hands-on lessons in your own classroom.

Workshop experience: Summer courses are primarily in-person workshops, although some requirements are completed online. Project Ocean explores the physical foundations of oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Project Atmosphere focuses on meteorology and atmospheric science at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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13 Weeks 
Time required to complete each online AMS DataStreme course.
9 Credits 
Credits (three courses) required to earn the online graduate certificate.
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Certificate Benefits

Learn from the best! The American Meteorological Society, a leading voice in the scientific community, leverages its expertise to promote Earth science literacy and engage teachers in studying the planet's weather, oceans and climate. Course instructor Dr. Chad Kauffman, a tenured professor in PennWest California's Department of Earth Sciences, is the AMS Education Program's curriculum development coordinator and lead for the AMS DataStreme program.

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Graduate Outcomes

Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, PennWest California has been preparing teachers to be skilled practitioners and education leaders for more than 160 years. Your AMS DataStreme graduate certificate from PennWest California attests to your Earth sciences knowledge and teaching skills, enhances your resume, and positions you as a leader in science education within your school, your school district and beyond.


AMS DataStreme Certificate Online Graduate Certificate
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About the American Meteorological Society

Headquartered in Boston, with an office in Washington, D.C., AMS has more than 13,000 members, including researchers, scientists, broadcasters, educators and other professionals, as well as students and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes books, textbooks and articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; certifies broadcast meteorologists; helps to inform policy makers about the latest scientific understanding and high-impact research; and promotes Earth science literacy through initiatives for K-12 teachers and undergraduate institutions across the country.

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Why earn the AMS DataStreme certificate?

Dr. Chad Kauffman, curriculum development coordinator for the graduate certificate program, says the program's benefits reach into the future. "By helping teachers learn more about Earth sciences, we strengthen our K-12 schools, encourage kids to build STEM skills, and nurture a new generation of young scientists and researchers."

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Pursue a Master's Degree

Credits from this certificate can be applied to the online M.Ed. program in Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology. 

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American Meteorological Society DataStreme Graduate Certificate Courses

Students may take AMS Education Program courses in any order. Admission to the American Meteorological Society Education Program is required to be admitted to the PennWest California AMS DataStreme Certificate program and to register for courses.



Course Credits
Select 9 credits from the following:
EAS 511  DataStreme Atmospheric Studies 3
EAS 512  DataStreme Ocean Studies 3
EAS 513  DataStreme Climate Studies 3
EAS 514  Selected Topics in Atmospheric Studies 3
EAS 515  Selected Topics in Ocean Science Studies 3
Total 9




AMS DataStreme Certificate Faculty

Dr. Chad Kauffman
Professor and program director; curriculum development coordinator, AMS DataStreme program

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