STEM - Certificate

Program Description

STEM program courses use inquiry based learning, hands on activities, and blended learning to facilitate high teacher and student outcomes. In this certificate program, teachers choose courses from different focal areas to improve their understanding of science, engineering, math, and computer science instructional practices.

St. Kate’s faculty have been leading National Science Foundation research in the use of best practices for STEM education for more than a decade. Students will bring equity and engagement to their STEM practices with this online certificate.

Three of the available courses offer synchronous learning opportunities three or four times during the seven week term. Accepted students create a certificate completion plan with the program director to determine which courses are best for their learning needs.  

The STEM certificate consists of 12 credits.  

Teachers need to demonstrate competency in the use of academic technology prior to beginning this certificate. Students who need coursework to develop that literacy will take EDUC 6110 Best Practices in 1:1 or EDUC 6420 Designing for Online Instruction based on the program director's recommendations. 

Curriculum

Possible prerequisite courses (choose one as recommended by program director): 1
Best Practices in 1:1
Designing for Online Instruction
Select courses from at least three different focus areas:12
STEM Integration
SySTEMic Integration - Transforming K-6 Education through STEM Instruction 2
Citizen Science as Service Learning in the Natural World
Literacy through STEM: Using Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking as Tools in STEM
Science focus
The Outdoor Classroom
Foundations of Environmental Chemistry
Explorations in Earth Science
Technology focus
EDUC 6500
Hands-On STEAM: Animation in the K-12 Classroom
Introduction to Computational Thinking and Coding
Physical Computing: Introduction to Arduinos
Hands on STEM: Maker Space in the K-8 Setting
Engineering or Math focus
Making Data Meaningful
Engineering Basics
Engineering and Mathematics
Hands on STEM: Basic Engineering and Alternative Energy
Total Credits12