Iowa teachers can learn about water quality and how science can help manage soil nutrients through a new graduate course of­­fered by the Iowa Agriculture Liter­acy Foundation (IALF) .

The online course will offer two graduate credits from Drake University, Morningside College or Viterbo University through AEA PD Online. The course, The Science of Protecting Water Quality, will begin Oct. 8 and run through Dec. 10. It will train teachers to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts in their classrooms.                       

“Water quality is a complicated topic. Teachers will learn how soil affects nutrients and how landowners can implement practices to improve water quality,” said Will Fett, IALF executive director.