STEM Graduate Certificate

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduate certificate program offers strategies for educators to be on the forefront of educational innovation. The curriculum is aligned with 21st Century Learning goals and focuses on integrating mathematics, science, technology, and engineering concepts across disciplines. It prepares educators to design project-based learning experiences and develops a framework for thinking about the role of STEM subjects in all aspects of society.


The online STEM certificate consists of 15 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 3 semesters/1 year. Each course is approximately 7-weeks long. Students typically take two courses per 14-week semester.

CI 6005: Integrating STEM into Practice (3 credits)

This course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to integrating STEM into practice across the disciplines. The course will involve the participation in problem-based and project-based learning activities, mathematics and science inquiries learning tasks, and using technology to gain and display information. Students will practice backwards design to develop their own STEM learning activity. Graduate students will implement their activity in a classroom and monitor student learning outcomes.

CI 7032: Science Learning in Laboratory and Inquiry Settings (3 credits)

This course explores the historical development of laboratory and active learning experiences in science curriculum and classrooms. Students will explore the research on science learning through the use of demonstrations, lab activities, student inquiries, and problem-based learning.

CI 7042: Mathematics as an Interdisciplinary Topic (3 credits)

This course will teach activities to help illustrate the connection between mathematics and other subject areas including music, art, social studies, science, and literacy.

CI 8072: Learning Sciences and Technology (3 credits)

This course provides a fundamental understanding of learning sciences, an interdisciplinary field dedicated to studying learning and how learning may be facilitated in designed environments. Students will design a technology-based learning environment and conduct an evaluation of the embedded theories in an existing environment of their choice, such as digital media, games, or other innovative technologies.

CI 7010: Improving Instructional Effectiveness: Clinical Experience (3 credits)

Study of teacher behaviors that influence the academic achievement of students. Participants learn new effective pedagogy and implement one or more of the various strategies into their diverse clinical placements, gather data, and analyze the impact on student learning. This clinical experience can be completed in a student’s current work setting or in a arranged placement determined with their advisors. Students in the medical and advanced teaching master’s degree programs must participate in the field experience prior to the completion of their degree.

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