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Graduate Certificate in Effective K-6 STEM Education

This graduate certificate program in Effective K-6 STEM Education is designed for Elementary School Teachers.

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

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

2 semesters/4 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 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