The STEM Education graduate program will prepare prospective and practicing teachers to integrate and incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to PreK-12 instruction inside and outside the classroom. The program was developed in response to the calls at the national and local levels to recruit, educate and support PreK-12 educators to plan, teach, assess, and reflect on integrated STEM instruction. Teachers will study the core ideas in science, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Specifically, the goals of the STEM Education program are to:
Enhance teachers’ knowledge building and development of disciplinary core ideas in science (i.e. physical, Earth system, life, environment).
Develop teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in teaching integrated STEM with connections to literacy (reading and writing). PCK includes teachers’ assessment of student learning, teaching orientation, knowledge and use of suitable resources and curricula.
Improve teachers’ ability to incorporate, develop and implement instructions, units of study, and curricula with the following STEM practices: (a) use of students’ prior knowledge to ask questions or define problems, (b) develop conceptual or physical models, (c) use models to design experiments or prototypes, (d) conduct experiments to test these models, (e) construct explanations and solutions, (f) use and apply mathematics and technology, (g) revise models or prototypes, and (h) argue in light of new evidence (NRC, 2012).
Foster teachers’ scientific, mathematical, and technological skills.
Develop the next generation of teacher leaders with global perspectives towards STEM, society, education, energy, environment, and sustainability.
Promote students’ 21st century skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication through STEM practices.
Increase the number of teachers with STEM Education background.
Enhance partnerships between Arcadia University and PreK-12 School Districts in the professional development of teachers and redesign of science curricula to integrate STEM Education.
Who is this program for?
Current students (prospective and practicing teachers) in the graduate and certification programs, at Arcadia and other institutions of higher education
PreK-12 educators with or without STEM background
Instructional coaches and school administrators
Informal educators (museums, libraries, arboretum, etc.)
Are Courses Taught Online?
The PDE Endorsement in STEM is a fully online program. The Graduate Certificate in STEM is fully online with the exception of the final course which requires travel to Philadelphia and Sicily, Italy. The M.Ed. in Integrative STEM Education is partially online.