About the Program

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The FDA Professional Development Program in Food Science is a training program for middle level and high school science, agriculture, health, and family and consumer science (FCS) teachers. This program provides teachers with an opportunity to learn how to provide inquiry-based lessons in food science for their students. This ongoing program is supported and directed by the FDA and administered by Graduate School USA.

This is a virtual workshop event scheduled for July 12 - 16 and July 19, 2021.        

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Science and Our Food Supply Curriculum!

The FDA Professional Development Program in Food Science is based on the Science and Our Food Supply curriculum, which focuses on Food Safety, Nutrition, and Food Agriculture and Biotechnology Education.

Investigating Food Safety from Farm to Table

Disease outbreaks caused by foodborne organisms frequent the news. Each year, approximately one sixth of the U.S. population experience mild to severe illnesses caused by pathogens in food. This curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of microbiology, while at the same time, imparts important public health information.

Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Choices

The Nutrition Facts label is an accessible tool with nutrient information to help make healthy food choices. Students will learn about the label, and that nutrition not only aids in general well-being, but also can help prevent or manage chronic diseases later in life.

Exploring Food Agriculture and Biotechnology

The science and technologies of food production, transportation, storage, and preparation evolve to enhance food safety, quality, and varieties. Students will learn about new research methodologies that have enabled scientists to broaden their understanding of food science and about emerging technologies that help to safeguard health.



Special Note


June 6, 2021

Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Apply today. For more information, read about the program and how to apply.

How to Apply Get started with these 3 steps to apply for the Professional Development Program in Food Science.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be employed full time as a middle or secondary school teacher (Grades 6 - 12)
  • Teach science, agriculture, health, or FCS in a public or private school in the United States, U.S territories, or DoD school system
  • Have at least 3 years of consecutive, full-time teaching experience by the program start date
  • Have a current teaching certificate to be included with your application. (If a teaching certificate is not required by your current school, a letter of explanation will be required.)

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Application Checklist

Download this checklist as a guide for your application preparation: it provides a list of required information necessary to complete your online application.

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Once you have reviewed the application checklist, begin your application online here. Begin your application online here!

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Frequently Asked Questions Get your answers here.

Yes, the training will take place on a virtual platform in July 2021; advance instruction will be provided on how to use the platform. Lab instruction will be taught by our facilitation team; all participants will be provided with materials to perform the labs in participants’ homes or classrooms, as instruction takes place.
Detailed information about the application process is available on the How to Apply link.
Yes! We welcome teachers from these disciplines to apply for our professional development program. In fact, this professional development program has led to some great partnerships among multiple disciplines, since the curriculum addresses so many education standards. We welcome the knowledge that teachers from other disciplines bring – it enriches the program.
To be eligible to participate in the Professional Development Program in Food Science, you must:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be employed full time as a middle school or secondary school teacher (Grades 6-12)
  • Teach science, agriculture, health, or FCS in a public or private school in the U.S, the US territories, or the DoD school system
  • Have at least 3 years of consecutive, full-time teaching experience by the program start date
  • Have an up-to-date teaching certificate that will be uploaded as part of your application
Applications are judged on a 100-point scale:
  • Academic and professional experience: 20 points
  • Essay Questions: 50 points (Grammar and punctuation do count!)
  • Letter of Recommendation and Support: 20 points
  • Certification: Required 10 points
  • Applications are judged by a panel of teachers.
    You must be a certified teacher to apply. However, if your current school does not require a teaching certificate, please submit a Letter of Explanation in lieu of the certificate document.
    Applicants will be notified of their status by email no later than June 9, 2021.
    Please contact Isabelle Howes at: isabelle.howes@graduateschool.edu
    Yes. Every participant receive all materials and equipment to perform the labs at no cost to the participant.

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