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Program Overview

The Certificate in Elementary Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) Education is intended for currently certified elementary teachers interested in developing a special expertise in the area of STEM education and teaching.

Certificate goals are to:

  • Acquaint students with the theoretical underpinnings and pedagogy of an elementary STEM mindset
  • Engage students in hands-on activities that make real-life connections
  • Expose students to trans-disciplinary techniques
  • Equip students with strategies and activities that promote inquiry and creative thinking

Entrance requirements

Complete and submit the graduate school application available at www.hood.edu/graduate.

Submit an official transcript from the institution where the highest degree is conferred. To be eligible for full admission, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA

Upon receipt of the application and transcript, candidates must meet with a program coordinator to complete an oral interview and acceptable writing sample.

Program requirements

As students complete course requirements, they submit their performance activities as e-portfolio products in an electronic portfolio system, Chalk and Wire. The e-portfolio is used to create a personalized collection of artifacts and documents that demonstrate a student’s performance and reflections throughout the program.

Courses required for the program are:

EDUC 553 Foundations of Elementary STEM Education
This course, the first in the program, examines foundational elements of STEM inquiry-based instruction. Participants learn through experience, exploration and discourse to gain an understanding of a STEM mindset to facilitate implementing a STEM approach in instruction.

EDUC 545 Modern Mathematics Methods
This course presents current mathematical best practices as they align with local, state, national and STEM standards. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and making real-life connections through an activity-centered approach using modern elementary mathematics methods, curriculum materials and STEM-based instructional strategies.

EDUC 540 Modern Science Methods
This course presents current elementary school science best practices as they align with local, state, national and STEM standards. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and making real-life connections through an activity-centered approach using modern elementary science methods, curriculum materials and STEM-based instructional strategies.

EDUC 502 Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning
This course presents current elementary school technology best practices as they align with local, state, national and STEM standards. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and making real-life connections through an activity-centered approach using current technology, curriculum materials and STEM-based instructional strategies.

EDUC 597ST STEM Capstone Activity
This is the final course in the certificate program. Candidates will participate in a culminating project that reflects an integration of all the previously taken courses in a transdisciplinary approach. Projects may include an action research with a STEM focus, developing a STEM unit, or designing a school-based STEM initiative.

Students may also elect to enroll in the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in Elementary School Science and Mathematics and the Certificate in Elementary STEM Education.

Program advisers

Judith Sherman, Ed.D.
Program Director and Associate Professor of Education, Special Education and Secondary Coordinator
301-696-3464
sherman@hood.edu

Francine Johnson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education Elementary School Science and Mathematics/STEM Coordinator
301- 696 -3463
johnson@hood.edu

For more information about the Elementary STEM Education Certificate or the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction programs, please refer to the website at www.hood.edu/graduate or contact the Graduate School at 301- 696 -3600.

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