Graduate Certificate in Effective K-6 STEM Education

This graduate certificate program in Effective K- 6 STEM Education is designed for Elementary School Teachers with a Multiple Subject Credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide training in 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. Provide training in making Common Core Math and Engineering implicit in K-6 curricula
  3. Address and implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in K-6
Graduate Certificate in Effective K-6 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 re-take 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

2 semesters/4 months*

*Dependent on course load


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 522: Teaching Mathematics and Engineering in Elementary Schools

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

3 Credits

MAE 525: Teaching Science in Elementary Schools

This course will take a deep look at the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students will examine and analyze the three dimensions that make up the NGSS as well as the conceptual shifts that set NGSS apart from previous science pedagogy. Given that the nature of NGSS integrates science and engineering, students will explore how to incorporate the M and T dimensions of STEM into NGSS. Lastly, students will reflect on their own science teaching practices and how they can move toward a more integrated approach to teaching.

3 Credits

MAE 526: Coding, Robotics and 1:1 Devices

This course will examine the role of technology in today’s classroom. Students will be exposed to resources for teaching coding and robotics with their students. In addition, students will gain a basic knowledge of coding so that they may better teach it to their students. The course will also examine critical pedagogy for working with devices in the classroom.

3 Credits