Program Highlights & Benefits
Endorsement completion in as little as 2 semesters
Convenient online format and course schedule designed for working educators
Innovative curriculum and teaching methods
Course schedule designed for working educators
Current elementary or secondary science, math, or industrial technology teachers who desire to gain expertise in teaching science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or interdisciplinary STEM teaching and instructional coaching.
What You Learn
Students strengthen their ability to teach STEM subjects and gain expertise in integrating STEM education teaching strategies into the classroom.
How You Learn
Hybrid: This program is hybrid and has a face to face requirement. Face-to-face, you will have the unique opportunity to participate live in STEM teaching experiences. The instructors will model relevant STEM activities and debrief with the teachers about STEM pedagogy, philosophy, management, and practical application in the classroom. For the online activities, students will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. Some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. Lastly, students seeking the STEM endorsement will have the opportunity to participate in a 30-hour STEM Field Experience, choosing a personally relevant STEM research experience; STEM internship at a STEM business or informal education organization; STEM extracurricular professional development or leadership activity.
Upon completion of this program, students earn the STEM Endorsement and are prepared to operate in teaching roles related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and interdisciplinary STEM based upon all other courses completed. Teachers may advance as department leaders, instructional coaches, or have increased opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching at the elementary- and middle-level.
Students applying to this program must hold a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, a validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance), and a current or pending license to teach in the state of Iowa. Students seeking the Secondary 5-8 STEM endorsement must be the holder of a 5-12 science, mathematics, or industrial technology endorsement or 5-8 middle school mathematics or science endorsement.
|Inquiry, Problem Solving, and the Nature of STEM||3|
|Models and Methods of Teaching STEM||3|
|Engineering, Programming, and Design for Educators||3|
|STEM or other electives, if seeking to complete the M.Ed. — selected with your advisor||8|
|Total Credit Hours:||10|
This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order. State endorsement also requires: 12 hrs. of Science, 12 hrs. of Math, elementary or secondary math methods course and an elementary or secondary science methods course, which are typically completed as part of a teacher preparation program.