Graduate Certificate in STEM Education
15 credit hours | In-state tuition: $490/credit hour | Out-of-state tuition: $575/credit hour
- Available in an easily accessible 100% online format from UTEP’s College of Education
- Responds to a national need for STEM educators and prepares them for working in multicultural settings with modern students who need to find motivation and engagement in their learning
- Open to anyone (working students, parents, traditional students, military servicemembers, career changers, career enhancers, etc.) who wants to acquire knowledge of state-of-the art innovative STEM education approaches, as well as discipline-specific educational approaches that will help to facilitate effective and deep teaching and learning of STEM disciplines
- Curriculum based on standards recognized by the State of Texas, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Diverse and highly qualified STEM faculty plus a significant selection of diverse STEM education courses focused on educational approaches
Become an Innovative Educator in a High-Demand Field
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of children enrolled in STEM education programs in the United States in schools and outside. This has led to a corresponding increased need for highly qualified STEM educators. Accordingly, developing STEM educators who will be trained to use innovative approaches to teaching and learning in STEM disciplines is of utmost importance.
Students in this program will learn how to
- increase STEM literacy
- develop better integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning
- develop better approaches to teaching of academic concepts through real-world applications
- combine formal and informal learning in schools, the community, and the workplace
Upon graduation, in-service and certified teachers might apply to teach in STEM academies. Other graduates may work in charter schools, and private schools. Those wanting to pursue further education at UTEP also have the opportunity to apply credits earned toward a Professional Master’s degree from the College of Science or a Master of Arts degree from the College of Education.
The program focuses on teaching educational approaches rather than basic STEM knowledge, which the student is expected to learn independently. Instructors will provide guidance and free resources to help accomplish this. The program does not provide teaching certification.
Students will choose from the menu of courses in Mathematics Education (MTED), Science Education (SIED), Educational Technology (EDT), and a capstone project. All courses are 14 weeks long. In many courses, the students will be given extra credit if they are involved in tutoring students in STEM content areas.