STEM - Certificate
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.
|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|
|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|
|The Outdoor Classroom|
|Foundations of Environmental Chemistry|
|Explorations in Earth Science|
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 and Mathematics|
|Hands on STEM: Basic Engineering and Alternative Energy|
The course counts toward the 12 credits required for the certificate.
NOTE: STEM certificate candidates who teach in a K-6 setting must take EDUC 6827 to complete the certificate.