STEM Education Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Post-Secondary STEM Education

Effective STEM Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Students completing this certificate will develop competencies in planning and delivering effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction and conducting research on topics related to teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines. Developing high-level skills in STEM content areas has become a national priority, as such skills are essential to improving access to advanced educational opportunities and to workplace success.

The certificate is available to all degree seeking students enrolled in the Graduate School at Michigan Tech as well as non-degree seeking graduate-level students. STEM skills will apply to a range of professional areas:

  • university and community college instruction
  • STEM curriculum assessment and development
  • education-related research

Students on campus serving as graduate teaching assistants would also benefit from professional development and academic growth in the area of education.

Current Michigan Tech graduate students should complete the departmental application. Students who are not currently enrolled at Michigan Tech should complete a graduate school application as well as the departmental application.

Curriculum

A total of 15 credits are required for the STEM Education Certificate. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in each of the courses counting toward the certificate.

Core Courses

ED 5100 - College Teaching

Focuses on instructional planning, delivery, and assessment in a higher education context. Students learn to write objectives, apply backward design, create objective- linked high-engagement classroom activities, and assess student learning. Additional topics include course syllabi, teaching portfolios, and teaching philosophy statements.
Credits: 1.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Co-Requisite(s): ED 0510

ED 5110 - Psychological Foundations of Education

The course examines how human beings grow and learn with major emphasis on the early adolescent and adolescent. Psychological basis of educational procedures and practices are established with special reference to learning disorders, gifted children, and culturally diverse classrooms.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: Permission of department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

ED 5700 - Introduction to Education Research

Overview of education research methods to develop an understanding of designing education research, including the relationship between research question, theoretical framework(s), and methods. Focus is placed on developing a literature review to help lay theoretical groundwork for pursuing education research.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Permission of department required

Teaching Methods

ED 4700 - Fundamentals of Instruction

Study of key areas of instruction in preparation for student teaching. Emphasis is placed on lesson planning, classroom management, and student assessment and evaluation. Requires admission to the teacher education program by the Department of Education.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: Permission of department required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Co-Requisite(s): ED 3100
Pre-Requisite(s): ED 3110 and ED 3210 and ED 3410

ED 4720 - Methods of Teaching Science

Application of learning and instructional theories to the teaching of science.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Permission of department required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): ED 4700(C)

MA 4905 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics

This course focuses on trends and standards in secondary school mathematics education, with an emphasis on methods and materials for effectively supporting and assessing middle and high school learning. Requires admission to teacher education program.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): ED 4700(C)

PH 4710 - Methods of Teaching Physics

Hands-on exploration of physics education methods in classroom, laboratory, and tutoring environments. Students study highlights of physics education research and explore use of several tools and pedagogical techniques, including web-based homework systems, simulations, classroom feedback systems, and equipment for laboratories and lecture demonstrations.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-2)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
Pre-Requisite(s): PH 1210 or PH 2200 or PH 2260

Choose one of the above or approved equivalent course.

Statistics

MA 5701 - Statistical Methods

Introduction to design, conduct, and analysis of statistical studies, with an introduction to statistical computing and preparation of statistical reports. Topics include design, descriptive, and graphical methods, probability models, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

PSY 5210 - Advanced Statistical Analysis and Design I

An overview of data analysis methods including visualization, data programming, and univariate statistics such as t-test and ANOVA.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

SS 5004 - Statistics for the Social Sciences

A general introduction to quantitative analysis for the social sciences. The course uses common statistical software tools, such as SPSS, to aid in the analysis of data. Students apply their data analysis techniques to social science problems of their choosing in a semester-long project.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

Choose one of the above or approved equivalent course.

Practicum

ED 5860 - STEM Education Practicum

Practical experience in teaching, education research, and/or assessment in a STEM discipline. Students either teach/mentor undergraduate STEM students, work with a faculty member on a STEM education research project or work with STEM assessment activities. A seminar is required.
Credits: variable to 5.0; Repeatable to a Max of 5
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Permission of department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): ED 5100 and ED 5110 and ED 5700

A seminar is a required component of all practicum experiences; the focus of the seminar is reflecting on the practicum experience and making connections between the students’ work and research-based strategies to promote teaching and learning. ED 5860 is 4-5 credits, which may be repeated with different foci. Non-degree seeking students will be required to complete two practicums with different foci.

Model Schedule

It is anticipated that degree-seeking students will take one course toward the certificate each semester. Courses are offered on the following schedule, which will allow degree-seeking students to complete the certificate in 4-5 semesters. Non-degree seeking students could complete the certificate in as few as 2 semesters.

Fall Courses Spring Courses Courses Offered on Demand
ED 4720
ED 5100
ED 5110
ED 5700
MA 5701
ED 5100
ED 5110
MA 4905
PH 4710
ED 5860
PSY 5210
SS 5004

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