Graduate Certificate in 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 with a Single Subject Credential in the area of Natural Science.

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 7-12 STEM Education
12 Credits
Admission Requirements

A qualified student, who wishes to enter United States University to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate Status. The College of Education requires a GPA of 2.5 for admission to Graduate Certificate Status and official transcripts must be submitted. Completing a Graduate Certificate Application is required. Credits acquired through this certificate may be transferred to the Master of Arts in Education at USU.  Certificates will be awarded upon the student’s application for the certificate once they have successfully completed the course requirements.

Program Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (Cumulative GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a standard 4.0 scale) at the end of each semester.

The certificate requires successful completion of a total of 12 semester credits. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students receiving a grade below a B would have to retake the course before credit would be given.
***Transfer option: All required units of credit count toward the Master of Arts in Education Degree.  We encourage students to apply within one year from their last course session; otherwise, the file closes and the student has to reapply.

Tuition & Cost

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

Completion Time

1-2 semesters/4-8 months*

*Dependent on course load


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