Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Graduate Certificate: 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.

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

(5 Credits:  Required list below)

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 across the lifespan. Psychological basis of educational procedures and practices are established with special reference to formal schooling, higher and tertiary education, and workplace settings.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • 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; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

Teaching Methods

(Choose 1 course from the list below)

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: Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of department required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Co-Requisite(s): ED 4300
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ED 4110 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

Statistics

(Choose 1 course from the list below)

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: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • 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: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

Practicum

(Minimum of 3 credits)

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 2-3 credits, which may be repeated with different foci. Non-degree seeking students will be required to complete two practicums with different foci.

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

Electives

Choose additional teaching methods course, practicum credits, or other approved courses to total 15 credits for the certificate.

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.

Model Schedule for Certificate
Fall Courses Spring Courses On Demand
ED 4720 ED 5100 ED 5860
ED 5100 ED 5110 PSY 5210
ED 5110 MA 4905 SS 5004
ED 5700 PH 4710  
MA 5701