Qualified Science Teachers are Needed
to Prepare Students for the Future
Most school districts across the country are struggling with a shortage of teachers with expertise in science, technology, engineering and math -- what has become known as the "STEM" subjects. In fact, the U.S. is facing a shortage of 280,000 STEM teachers by 2015, included in that are science teachers.
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University of Southern California Online
USC Rossier School of Education is ranked #15 among graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report and is a candidate for NCATE accreditation.
Master of Arts in Teaching
For Licensed Teachers
Address the needs of today's classrooms with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree delivered online at the USC Rossier School of Education. The program offers a combination of up-to-date online learning and field-based teaching experiences to K-12 teachers looking to take their teaching careers to the next level. This innovative program is designed to help our students acquire the broader perspective needed to be transformative teachers.
The MAT Single Subject is designed for those interested in teaching at the secondary level. The emphasis offers specializations in English, science (biological sciences, chemistry, geoscience or physics), mathematics and social science.
Secondary Education STEM
Master of Education
For Licensed Teachers
Middle school and high school teachers looking to develop innovative practices in designing an inquiry-based science and/or mathematics classroom, will choose a course of study in Secondary STEM.
This rigorous curriculum challenges secondary teachers to focus their attention on the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices that:
Facilitate the convergence and interdisciplinary nature of STEM as a foundation for teaching;
Form a more holistic approach to teaching and learning about natural phenomena, teaching you to draw from multiple disciplines to help students develop rigorous explanatory practices in all subjects and make sense of complexity;
Offer collaborative problem solving and opportunities to engage in rich discourse with instructors and other educators in your field from around the world.
Chosen as an NEA Academy Partner for it's quality and value. Walden University offers the No. 1 Largest Online Graduate Program in Education By Enrollment (U.S. News & World Report). WU's School of Education is currently a candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
This newly enhanced specialization in Science blends content with pedagogy so you can learn science in the same way you will teach the subject matter in the classroom—through inquiry-based learning that promotes hands-on and exciting educational experiences. The program aligns with the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the National Science Education Standards (NSES), and the standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and offers you the knowledge you need to effectively teach science in today's classroom.
Designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to advance their own knowledge of science and mathematics (as part of the STEM core) subjects, this specialization provides strategies and a framework for ensuring that your students gain a strong foundation in mathematics and science as defined by the Common Core State Standards.
This specialization features math courses that are based on standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and science courses are based on standards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Science Education Standards.
American students are falling behind in the essential subjects of math and science, putting our position in the global economy at risk.
U.S. students recently finished 25th in math and 17th in science in the ranking of 31 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Women currently constitute 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 24 percent of the U.S. jobs in STEM.
Fewer than 15 percent of American engineers are women.
Sixty percent of the new jobs that will open in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce.5 The U.S. may be short as many as three million high-skills workers by 2018. Two-thirds of those jobs will require at least some post-secondary education. American universities, however, only award about a third of the bachelor's degrees in science and engineering as Asian universities. Worldwide, the United States ranks 17th in the number of science degrees it awards.
The competitive edge of the US economy has eroded sharply over the last decade, according to a new study by a non-partisan research group. The report found that the U.S. ranked sixth among 40 countries and regions, based on 16 indicators of innovation and competitiveness. They included venture capital investment, scientific research, spending on research, and educational achievement.7 The prestigious World Economic Forum ranks the U.S. as No. 48 in quality of math and science education.
25 years ago, the U.S. led the world in high school and college graduation rates. Today, the U.S. has dropped to 20th and 16th.