Education: STEM - MA

Contact Information

Name: Siri Anderson

Phone: 651-690-6121

In the Master of Arts in Education STEM program, participants choose from a menu of courses in four different focus areas: STEM Integration practices, Computer Science related skills (computational thinking and programming), Engineering or Math, and Science. Courses facilitate inquiry-based hands-on learning across the curriculum. The MAED: STEM allows teachers to choose six courses in STEM content and skills from a list of fifteen available courses.

The MAED: STEM provides a balanced blend of scholarship, research, and application that makes our graduates better educators and leaders in their communities. External research has validated these outcomes. Students (K-8 in the study completed) taught by graduates of our STEM certificate or STEM degree develop improved STEM identities, and the teachers who complete our coursework improve in their confidence, competence, and comfort with teaching STEM content and skills.

All STEM graduates' research projects are publicly available in the St.Kate's Sophia Database. These action research projects are downloaded by teachers and scholars to help improve their own teaching--scroll to the bottom of the page to see a map of the day's downloads around the world.

Practical Details

The degree requires 31 credits. Online 7-week courses are organized around weekly expectations and delivered through Brightspace/D2L. During the school year, teachers typically take one 3-credit class at a time (first half of term, second half of term) to complete six credits in 14 weeks.  In the summer courses are offered June-July. Teachers take one or two courses during that 7-week window.

Students and faculty typically participate in lively asynchronous discussions throughout the week around new content and findings. Faculty are accessible, supportive, and dedicated to helping teachers improve their practice. Learning is designed to be iterative and foster critically reflective practice. Our dedicated faculty bring classroom-based expertise and design courses to facilitate meaningful professional learning. Course activities and resources improve teacher knowledge, classroom practices, and student outcomes.

Classes are asynchronous, so students can choose to work when it fits with their schedules. Typically a course requires 10-12 hours of work a week, distributed over at least three separate days of the week. Most students check in daily and then reserve a few days a week to do a deeper-dive into the new content. 

All courses include learning teams as a component of instruction. Similarly situated teachers (or teachers who join the program together) meet virtually (or in-person as able) to verbally process course content and problem-solve around classroom implementation or integrating new course concepts into existing schema.

Synchronous virtual meetings with instructors happen at student's convenience to provide just-in-time support or as part of an assessment process initiated by the instructor. 

 

Curriculum

The 31-credit MAED: STEM allows students to choose from a menu of 3-credit courses to create a unique graduate program that aligns to their needs and interests. In addition to the required credits, students select courses from a variety of STEM areas. At least one course must be chosen from each of the four focus areas, unless a teacher already has a degree in one of the focus areas.  Up to three courses can be chosen from the MAED in Technology Integration or Curriculum and Instruction course lists.

The MAED: STEM is offered online.  An in-person orientation is offered when possible. 

Years to Complete the Program

The degree program must be completed within seven years, beginning with the first coursework in the program.

Progression Policy

In order to remain in good standing, students must fulfill the following:

  • maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average.
  • earn a grade of C or better in each graduate course.
  • adhere to the department’s criteria for professional/ethical behavior, integrity, honesty, personal behavior, respect for others and the Minnesota code of ethics for teachers.
Required Courses10-13
Becoming Scholars: Evidence-Based Best Practice
Designing for Online Instruction (Requirement for this course, or EDUC 6110, is reviewed upon admission by the program director. Students who are not required to take one of these courses will select 21 focus area credits.)
Introduction to Action Research
Integration Seminar
Action Research Project
Select 18-21 focus area credits. At least one course must be selected from each of the four STEM areas listed below. 118-21
STEM integration Courses
Literacy through STEM: Using Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking as Tools in STEM
The Art of STEM
Citizen Science as Service Learning in the Natural World
SySTEMic Integration - Transforming K-6 Education through STEM Instruction (This is required for elementary teachers completing the STEM MAED.) 2
Science Courses
The Outdoor Classroom 2
Foundations of Environmental Chemistry
Explorations in Earth Science 2
Computer Science Courses
EDUC 6500
Hands-On STEAM: Animation in the K-12 Classroom
Introduction to Computational Thinking and Coding
Physical Computing: Introduction to Arduinos
Ethics in the Information Age
Hands on STEM: Maker Space in the K-8 Setting
Math/Engineering Courses
Making Data Meaningful
Engineering Basics
Engineering and Mathematics
Hands on STEM: Basic Engineering and Alternative Energy 2
Total Credits31


Note: St. Kate's will accept 12 credits from the University of St. Thomas’ Center for Engineering STEM Engineering Education Certificate into this program. Contact the program director for details.