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STEM Education

Importance of STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Qualified STEM Teachers are Needed
to Prepare Students for the Future

A STEM focused degree or program is designed for teachers, primarily in the K12 educational system, who want to increase their knowledge and comfort with science, technology, engineering, and math content. STEM programs include instructional methods and pedagogy courses to prepare educators to design more engaging lesson plans that use inquiry, discovery, and hands-on learning to motivate learners in these subject areas. STEM programs show ways that teachers can integrate related STEM subjects to create natural mergers with other subjects that may better stimulate their student's minds. Teachers can approach old subjects in new ways, such as mathematics as an interdisciplinary subject or fundamentals of environmental education with biology and earth sciences.

By looking at the ways these subjects can relate to one another, teachers can help their students by connecting the dots between their courses. This allows your students to succeed, not just in your own classes, but also in their overall academic endeavors in general. STEM education can expand and enhance elementary and secondary education by sparking renewed interest in the subjects that have, over the years, been considered dry and boring. Any innovations or advancements that can re-ignite the excitement and passion of learning and that can help America regain her competitive edge in the world are highly sought after. Students who are adept in STEM subjects will be the ones whose imaginations will spark these exciting new developments.

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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.

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.

The Master's of Education in Secondary STEM requires a minimum of 32 units of study. The program can be completed in about one year on a full-time basis or over the course of two to three years on a part-time basis.

Courses in the Secondary STEM ME Degree program include:
  • Framing the Social Context of High Needs Schools
  • Multimedia Literacy
  • STEM Education in Secondary Classrooms
  • Capstone in Learning and Instruction – A & B
  • Discourse Analysis and Technology in STEM Classrooms
  • Transforming STEM Education into Teaching Science

Elementary Education STEM
Master of Education

For Licensed Teachers

Elementary teachers looking to develop a deeper understanding and flexible application of inquiry-based practice, specifically in mathematics and science, will choose a course of study in Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The rigorous curriculum challenges elementary teachers to focus their attention on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices that:

  • Practice model-based reasoning and inquiry as instructional strategies for integrating STEM disciplines in the elementary classroom;
  • Teach you how to facilitate creative and innovative thinking about the natural world and how to challenge students to solve real-world problems through constructive activity and modeling processes;
  • Offer collaborative problem solving and opportunities to engage in rich discourse with instructors and other educators in your field from around the world.

The Master's of Education in Secondary STEM requires a minimum of 32 units of study. The program can be completed in about one year on a full-time basis or over the course of two to three years on a part-time basis.

Courses in the Elementary STEM ME Degree program include:
  • Framing the Social Context of High Needs Schools
  • Multimedia Literacy
  • STEM Education in Secondary Classrooms
  • Capstone in Learning and Instruction – A & B
  • Discourse Analysis and Technology in STEM Classrooms
  • Transforming STEM Education into Teaching Science
USC also offers:
  • Secondary Mathematics - MAT
  • Secondary Mathematics(with Teaching Credential) - MAT
  • Secondary Science - MAT
Walden University

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).

Mathematics (K-6)
Master of Science in Education

Designed for elementary school math teachers, this specialization can help you develop more effective mathematics teaching practices so you can excite young learners. Explore new strategies and techniques for introducing students to the mathematical skills and concepts they will need in high school, college, and beyond, including measurement, data, geometric thinking, understanding rational numbers, and proportional reasoning.

Courses in this specialization are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics as well as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

Mathematics (5-8)
Master of Science in Education

In this specialization, you can expand your own mathematical expertise to develop more effective mathematics teaching practices. Help prepare your students for mathematics success in high school with courses that explore the Common Core State Standards. Examine key topics taught in middle school mathematics programs, including number systems and operations; geometric thinking and measurement; functions and equations; and data, probability, and statistical reasoning.

Courses in this specialization are aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

Mathematics and Science (K-8)
Master of Science in Education

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.

Science (K-8)
Master of Science in Education

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.

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Mathematics and Science
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Master of Science in Education
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Mathematics & Science K-8
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Over $5 Million in Education Scholarships for Teachers

No. 1 Largest Online Graduate Program in Education
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  • Over 35,000 Students and Alumni
  • For Licensed K-12 Teachers

  • Obama Proposes
    $1B for Science, Math Teachers

    The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students' achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

    The program to reward high-performing teachers with salary stipends is part of a long-term effort by President Barack Obama to encourage education in high-demand areas that hold the key to future economic growth — and to close the achievement gap between American students and their international peers.

    Teachers selected for the Master Teacher Corps will be paid an additional $20,000 a year and must commit to participate multiple years. The goal is to create a multiplier effect in which expert educators share their knowledge and skills with other teachers, improving the quality of education for all students.

    (Read article, Businessweek)

    The STEM Crisis

    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.
    (Source: National Math & Science Initiative)