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Graduate Certificate in STEM Education


Purpose

The Graduate Certificate in STEM Education is designed for those who are interested in the in-depth study of pedagogical and technological knowledge and skills that are useful in implementing an integrated approach to teaching STEM concepts in the classroom. Candidates study research-based practices to acquire knowledge and skills needed for educating students in four specific disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. 

Program Competencies

The program competencies adopted for the certificate program reflect the INTASC Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Graduate Certificate in STEM Education program competencies and the university-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate projects, assignments, and research papers. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies may include mentoring sessions and observations of candidate performance in authentic settings. 

Program Design

Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the Graduate Certificate in STEM Education. The certificate includes 15-credits of content-specific courses related to pedagogical knowledge and skills for teaching four specific disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an interdisciplinary, applied approach. The program requires that candidates be working in an educational setting or a training center to complete the program competency assignments.


Course Requirements

Content Specific Courses (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MED 7712 Curriculum Development

MED 7814 Problem-based Learning

MED 7815 Innovations in Teaching

MED 7817 Professional Studies

MED 7819 Design, Build, and Test