STEM - Certificate

Program Description

For more than a decade, St.Kate’s has been researching and iterating on best practices for STEM teacher education and STEM teacher professional development.  In this certificate program, students will learn to increase use of academically meaningful technology integration in STEM; create higher levels of student engagement and interest in STEM learning activities; and improve use of outdoors for learning science. STEM program courses use inquiry based learning, hands on activities, and blended learning to facilitate high teacher outcomes.

The STEM certificate consists of 12 credits.  Students must participate in a face-to-face meeting on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University prior to starting the certificate.

Curriculum

Required course:
EDUC 6420Technology Integration Fundamentals3
Select three courses from three different focus areas:9
STEM Integration
SySTEMic Integration - Transforming K-6 Education through STEM Instruction 1
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
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