More About the Stem Certificate

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Program Overview

The Certificate in STEM Education is a rigorous four-course (12-credit) program that provides K-12 educators in all disciplines, school leaders and librarians with both the foundational STEM pedagogy, and the hands-on experience to be successful integrating STEM in their classrooms and schools both on-site and remotely.

Courses in the program run every semester--Summer, Fall, and Spring.

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The Certificate is delivered completely online, including hands-on instruction and submission of a portfolio to evidence learning. The Certificate classes apply 12 credits toward a 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology or a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology with School Library Media Specialist certification.


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This program is provided through funding by the Martinson Family Foundation. Since 1998, the Martinson Family Foundation has funded and guided dedicated programs at universities to enhance STEM instruction for K-12 students. The Foundation seeks innovation in curriculum, teaching methods, and professional development.

Student Learning Goals

Students will gain knowledge of STEM Education concepts including legal and pedagogical issues, larger trends in culture, society and technology to educational practice and evaluation of technology to promote literacy, inquiry and critical consciousness by taking four courses offered by the College of Education:

  • EDTC 621 Leading Curriculum Change Using the Internet (previously Using the Internet in Education)
  • EDTC 625 Integrating STEM Across the Curriculum (Previously Using Integrated Software Across the Curriculum)
  • EDTC 642 STEM Authoring Tools (previously Introduction to Authoring Tools)
  • EDTC 645 STEM Foundations: Rethink Learning>

* Students receive a PreK-16 coding robot mailed to them and hands-on instruction for a $150 fee.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate broad knowledge of research-based STEM Education concepts.

This includes the ability to integrate learning theories, emerging technologies, and professional standards that support the STEM approach. Students will differentiate when to use STEM practices to design authentic and rigorous learning experiences that develop and strengthen cognitive skills.

Demonstrate knowledge to design meaningful learning experiences using various planning models and evaluate student learning data to inform STEM instruction.

This includes developing routines, norms, and attitudes necessary to successfully and seamlessly integrate STEM into learning experiences and the ability to differentiate and design multiple resources to make learning more accessible to all learners and prepare them for them 21st century workplace.