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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) 
2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

STEM Education (Grades K-8)–MS in Education

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This specialization provides certified educators with teaching strategies and integrated knowledge to lead and improve STEM education in K–8 classrooms. Students in this 30-semester-credit program learn to engage diverse student populations in STEM-related education through interactive learning and relevant curriculum. Specialization courses focus on techniques for teaching math, science, and technology.

Students have the flexibility to progress through the program at their own pace. After the first course, students can choose to take one course at a time, or they can take two courses at once and complete the program in as little as 12 months. Additionally, self-directed courses offer students flexibility in course deliverable due dates, allowing students to more easily balance their studies with work and family obligations.

Students who complete this specialization will also receive a 12-credit STEM Education certificate that is embedded into the program.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Engage students successfully in developmentally appropriate inquiries that require them to develop concepts and relationships from their observations, data, and inferences in a scientific manner.
  2. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
  3. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  4. Engage in professional discourse about pedagogical models designed to inspire innovative thinking and learn how STEM principles can be used to advocate for social change.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.