In component (a), the course phase is held each summer at Washington College in Chestertown, MD for about 24 participants. This one-week in-person component consists of intensive training sessions including lectures, tutorials, seminars, hands-on laboratory exercises, research cruises, and field trips. Trainers include faculty members from USNA, scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other organizations, and professional science educators. Teacher-participants will have an active role and may be asked to share 'best practices' from their home institution. Prior to the on-site portion, participants will be registered as graduate students as part of Pennsylvania Western University's Global Online initiative. Completion of various online learning modules will be required for completion prior to arriving in Chestertown. Upon completion of the on-site portion, teacher-participants will have follow-up activities in the course management system.
In component (b), the teachers trained in the Chestertown summer course conduct single-topic sessions on an on-going basis, for their peers within their home states, using single-topic teaching materials developed by AMS specifically for this purpose. These peer-led training sessions, one to two hours in length, are offered by Ocean Peer Trainers on a variety of topics treating the physical foundations of oceanography.