In the last five years the State of Illinois radically changed its Science certification programs. This change resulted in the creation of a new certification in Earth and Space Science. To meet the requirements of this new program, the SIUE Department of Physics and Office of Science and Mathematics Education created a new course entitled “Instructional Techniques in Astronomy”. Required for all students seeking Earth and Space Science certification, it is also ideal for meeting the needs of in‐service teachers, who need additional astronomy courses to become “well‐qualified”. This paper reports on this unique course, which combines content and pedagogy along with both teacher‐participant and instructor views on the effectiveness of this new course.