2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Nov 30, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

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.

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.)

Course Sequence

The course sequence for this specialization is dependent upon the student’s Program of Study. Students work directly with their student success advisor to ensure the appropriate course sequence based on course availability.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.