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Graduate Certificate in Effective 7-12 STEM Education – Natural Science

This graduate certificate program in Effective 7-12 STEM Education – Natural Science, is designed for Middle and High-School Teachers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Applying the required Natural Science knowledge; project-based, inquiry-based, experiential knowledge related to real-world applications; that encourages critical thinking, problem solving and team working and reflects state standards.
  2. Exposing students to practical experience and workplace skills.
  3. Student engagement, communication, collaboration, risk taking and innovation.
Graduate Certificate in Effective 7-12 STEM Education - Natural Science
12 Credits
Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the certificate program, prospective students must:

  • Have earned the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Submit official transcripts from the bachelor degree-awarding institution(s), and any post-bachelor degree institution including any master’s degrees or credits. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a University acceptable agency.
  • Have a Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Program Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (Cumulative GPA) of at least 3.0 at the end of each semester.

Tuition & Cost

Per Credit Hour: $325
Estimated Tuition: $3,900

Completion Time

1-2 semesters/4-8 months*

*Dependent on course load

Courses

MAE 529: Methods of STEM Education – Challenges and Opportunities

This course will take a critical look at the need for STEM education in today’s educational curriculum. Students will develop a STEM action plan for their own institution. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamental teaching methods of STEM; scientific inquiry, project based learning and design thinking.

3 Credits

MAE 586: Teaching Technology in Secondary Science

This course will examine the role of technology in the science classroom. Students will be exposed to modeling and lab simulation software and how these tools can further student understanding. The course will also examine critical pedagogy for working with devices in the classroom.

3 Credits

MAE 587: Teaching Engineering in Secondary Science

This course will investigate how engineering can be utilized to enhance science in the secondary classroom. The very nature of STEM requires an integration of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics thus while this course is focused on science and engineering, there will be some overlap of mathematics and technology. Within this course students will investigate opportunities for including engineering into their science curriculum and develop lesson plans that integrate the two subjects.

3 Credits

MAE 589: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Science

This course will investigate how mathematics can be utilized to enhance science in the secondary classroom. Students will examine the Common Core State Standards mathematical practices to find relevant connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. As the final course in this series, students will develop lesson plans that integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics to further their students’ conceptual understanding.

3 Credits