As part of our mission, RISE looks to encourage education through training, outreach, and professional development by collaborating with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences (CLS). The department educates future teachers and provides professional development for current STEM teachers. Within CLS, the Division of Teacher Education has a mission to prepare quality educators who enrich the lives of all learners through the application of pedagogical, content, and technological knowledge, as well as their dedication to lifelong learning, reflection, leadership, and collaboration.
Graduate Certificate in Post-Secondary STEM Education
Students with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline may apply for a Graduate Certificate in Post-Secondary STEM Education. Students completing this certificate will develop competencies in planning and delivering effective STEM instruction and conducting research on topics related to teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines.
Applied Science Education—MS
This program is designed for in-service secondary science and mathematics teachers to promote professional growth within their discipline and address classroom and students’ needs. The Applied Science Education—MS degree will meet the needs of secondary science and mathematics teachers who want to improve their knowledge and application of science and/or mathematics in the classroom, continue their professional development, and accomplish the goals of national and state curriculum standards.
Teacher Professional Development
All educators with current certification may enroll in CLS’ Teacher Professional Development courses. These courses address contemporary issues in education, new developments in professional practice, innovations in curriculum and materials, instructional techniques and technologies, content-based pedagogy, and new developments in academic areas that strengthen teachers' content knowledge. Courses may be used to fulfill requirements for renewal of Provisional Teaching Certificates, to qualify for the Professional Teaching Certificate, and for renewal of the professional certificate. They may also be used as electives in the Master of Science in Applied Science Education degree program and/or the graduate certificate program in STEM Education.