STEM Education (Grades K–8)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) are projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022.* As the demand for STEM professionals increases, so does the need for strong educators who can help prepare the next generation of innovators.

The STEM Education specialization prepares certified educators to more effectively teach, engage, and inspire students in the STEM fields. Through this program, you can gain the skills and knowledge to lead and improve STEM curriculum in K–8 classrooms. You will learn strategies to help diverse student populations become critical thinkers and build the educational foundation for future STEM-related careers.

When you complete this MSEd program, you will also receive an embedded 12-credit STEM Education (K–8) Certificate.

Choose Your Speed - Progess at Your Own Pace

Progress at Your Pace

Combining self-directed and non-self-directed online coursework, this program’s format offers the convenience and flexibility to pursue your degree while you also balance work and life commitments. After the first course, you can take one course at a time or earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once. You can adjust your approach throughout the program to fit your changing needs and schedule.

This MSEd specialization can be completed in as little as 12 months by educators who are:

  • Disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Comfortable working without ongoing instructor feedback in self-directed courses.
  • Prepared to meet stringent deadlines.
  • Able to take two courses concurrently while completing major assessments at certain points in the program.
  • Interested in reducing their tuition costs and time to degree completion.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the STEM Education Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Engage students successfully in developmentally appropriate inquiries that require them to develop concepts and relationships from their observations, data, and inferences in a scientific manner.
  2. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
  3. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  4. Engage in professional discourse about pedagogical models designed to inspire innovative thinking and learn how STEM principles can be used to advocate for social change.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6602 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6561 Course Learning and Teaching Mathematics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6616 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6660 Course The Nature of Science Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6604 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6713 Course Integrating Technology Across the Content Areas Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6661 Course Exploring the Physical World Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6668 Course The Effective STEM Scholar-Practitioner Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Note to all Washington residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, STEM 101: Intro to Tomorrow’s Jobs, on the Internet at National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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