FDA Professional Development Program in Food Science
Summer 2021
Registration for the 2021 Workshop begins January 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the FDA Professional Development Program in Food Science. You must:

  • Hold US Citizenship
  • Be employed full time as a middle school or secondary school teacher (Grades 6-12)
  • Teach science, agriculture, FCS or health education in a US School, including the DoD school system
  • Have at least three 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. (If a teaching certificate is not required by your current school, a letter of explanation will be required).
  • All participants must meet the criteria listed above before applying online.

    Application Requirements and CheckList (PDF)

    The checklist provides all the information required to complete your application. We suggest you print this document to use as a checklist before you begin the online application.

    About the Program

    Selected middle level and high school science, agriculture, FCS and health educators will have an opportunity to be involved in a multidimensional professional development program that includes learning how to utlize the Science and Our Food Supply curriculum in a variety of classroom settings, and providing training sessions about this program to professional colleagues in their region. Specific activities take place during an intensive virtual training session that runs on Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, and ends on Monday, July 20.

    The program includes an overview of the farm-to-table process, food safety and nutrition expert presentations, and more education resources. Participants learn how to conduct the Science and Our Food Supply lab experiments from college instructors.

    When fall classes resume, teachers are expected to teach segments of the food safety and nutrition curriculum (instruction may be virtual). Each teacher receives a materials stipend for classroom/lab supplies to facilitate their instruction of this curriculum. An honorarium is provided to summer program graduates once they have taught the program to their professional colleagues in the spring and submitted a comprehensive final report.

    The FDA Professional Development Program in Food Science is supported by the Food and Drug Administration and implemented by Graduate School USA.

    The FDA Professional Development Program in Food Science includes:

    1. Summer Training
      This is a training program for middle-level and high school science, agriculture, FCS and health educators. The agenda includes:
      • Content updates by food science experts
      • Virtual visits to FDA and other facilities
      • Presentations by government and industry leaders
      • Hands-on practice with new curriculum materials
      • Exchange of teaching/learning strategies
      • Planning for participant-presented workshops, i.e., Train-the-Trainer Program
    2. Curriculum Implementation
      Participants will implement the FDA Science and Our Food Supply supplementary curriculum in food safety and nutrition during the subsequent school year.
    3. Participant-presented Workshops – Train-the-Trainer
      All participants are expected to present a six-hour workshop (in-person or virtual) in their respective school, district, or region during the 2020-2021 academic year. An honorarium and workshop material expenses will be provided.
    4. Online Support
      Facilitated by Graduate School USA