elementary STEM

Elementary STEM (C)

  • Certificate

About this Program

The elementary STEM certificate program is designed to prepare elementary teachers to engage and motivate students from their earliest school years. With the evolution of the 21st century global marketplace comes increased demand for students who excel in science, technology, engineering and math. That means today’s teachers must be well equipped to deliver a dynamic STEM-based curriculum.

Program Overview

Real-life, hands-on

The program begins by acquainting certificate candidates with the theoretical and foundational underpinnings of the STEM mindset. From there they are engaged in hands-on activities and finding solutions to real-life problems, just as their young students will. They discover — and practice — techniques that broaden STEM’s reach across disciplines. And on the way to the capstone project, they learn strategies for promoting inquiry and creative thinking in their own classrooms.

Cutting-edge career focus

Hood’s certificate program is geared to teachers who want to step up their students’ learning — and step into the exciting new career opportunities that STEM offers within education. Thanks to small classes instructed by professional educators, certificate candidates benefit from individual attention and insightful instruction based on everyday experience in the classroom. For those ready for more depth, the 15-credit certificate can be applied to a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Program Contact

Kristine Calo

Program Director

Tanith Fowler Corsi

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions


For students applying to the Elementary STEM Education program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit one copy of official transcripts from the institution where the highest degree was conferred
  • A short essay (approx. 500 words) describing how you anticipate Hood College’s STEM certification graduate program will benefit you and your professional goals

Once these documents have been submitted to the Graduate School, the applicant will be invited to an intake interview with the Program Director and a decision for admittance into the STEM certification graduate program will be made.

An applicant to the graduate program in Elementary STEM Education must already hold teacher certification to apply. This program does not issue teacher certification.

Our faculty...

are active in national professional organizations and in local schools as supervisors of teacher candidates.

All Faculty
Rebecca Grove

Rebecca Grove

  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Program Director, Master's in Multidisciplinary Studies in Education