STEM Education: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
The STEM Education graduate program will prepare prospective and practicing teachers to integrate and incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to PreK-12 instruction inside and outside the classroom. The program was developed in response to the calls at the national and local levels to recruit, educate and support PreK-12 educators to plan, teach, assess, and reflect on integrated STEM instruction. Teachers will study the core ideas in science, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Specifically, the goals of the STEM Education program are to:
Enhance teachers’ knowledge building and development of disciplinary core ideas in science (i.e. physical, Earth system, life, environment).
Develop teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in teaching integrated STEM with connections to literacy (reading and writing). PCK includes teachers’ assessment of student learning, teaching orientation, knowledge and use of suitable resources and curricula.
Improve teachers’ ability to incorporate, develop and implement instructions, units of study, and curricula with the following STEM practices: (a) use of students’ prior knowledge to ask questions or define problems, (b) develop conceptual or physical models, (c) use models to design experiments or prototypes, (d) conduct experiments to test these models, (e) construct explanations and solutions, (f) use and apply mathematics and technology, (g) revise models or prototypes, and (h) argue in light of new evidence (NRC, 2012).
Foster teachers’ scientific, mathematical, and technological skills.
Develop the next generation of teacher leaders with global perspectives towards STEM, society, education, energy, environment, and sustainability.
Promote students’ 21st century skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication through STEM practices.
Increase the number of teachers with STEM Education background.
Enhance partnerships between Arcadia University and PreK-12 School Districts in the professional development of teachers and redesign of science curricula to integrate STEM Education.
Who is this program for?
Current students (prospective and practicing teachers) in the graduate and certification programs, at Arcadia and other institutions of higher education
The PDE Endorsement in STEM is a fully online program. The Graduate Certificate in STEM is fully online with the exception of the final course which requires travel to Philadelphia and Sicily, Italy. The M.Ed. in Integrative STEM Education is partially online.
Teacher Certification Interstate Agreements Information
Pennsylvania has signed the Interstate Agreement (NASDTEC) with most other states/jurisdictions based upon mutually agreed-upon conditions. The contract provides for acceptance of state-approved educator preparation programs between certain states to facilitate educator mobility. All jurisdictions that participate in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement may choose to have additional requirements for educators who are coming from another jurisdiction.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHER CANDIDATES: Each state is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements, which may change without notice to NASDTEC or your university's certification officers or your state's office of certification. You must contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most accurate information on certification requirements.
The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. For a full explanation of the agreement, participating states, and a review of specific state-by-state requirements visit the webpage for the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Endorsement (12 credits)
The Graduate Endorsement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a fully online 12-credit program which will provide qualified teachers with specialized knowledge of the application of STEM. Specifically, teachers will engage in:
Four online graduate courses in STEM education (three credit hours each): Introduction to STEM Education, STEM Literacy and Technology (offered in the Fall), Understanding the Designed World, and STEM Curriculum and Assessment in Action (offered in the Spring).
Completing a culminating project in which teachers will develop an integrated unit of study that focuses on students’ STEM learning, conduct curriculum mapping and articulation, write a proposal for a small grant, and participate and organize STEM community-based gatherings.
The courses in the STEM Endorsement can count toward your M.Ed. in Integrative STEM Education.
Graduate Certificate (15 credits)
The Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a 15-credit program. One additional course is required in addition to the STEM Endorsement for the Graduate Certificate.
STEM and Society: Field Study Abroad (three credit hours) Offered in the Summer.
Highly unique to Arcadia's Graduate Certificate in STEM is its integrated study abroad program that includes 40 hours of fieldwork in Sicily, Italy. Fieldwork includes STEM in the Box units of study and projects, case studies, developing sustainable everyday practices and re-engineering neighborhood projects, and environmental education fieldwork which will occur in Philadelphia and Sicily, Italy. Fieldwork will also highlight the STEM disciplinary practices and PCK.
If I am not an educator, can I still apply for the Arcadia STEM Education program?
Yes, as long as you have a bachelor's degree, you can qualify for admission to the Program.
Can I enroll in a course if I do not have a bachelor’s degree?
No, the courses offered in this program require a bachelor’s degree.
How long and when is the travel abroad component of the program?
For students pursuing the STEM Certificate program, the travel component of the program will take place in July and the length of travel is from seven to ten days.
About Academic Policies
Students in Arcadia University Graduate Certificate programs are subject to the academic policies of the College of Graduate Studies. Grades of “B” or better in every class are required to qualify for the Certificate.