Enhance your skills as an educator to help shape lives by earning a master’s degree in education.
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.
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:
Additional Learning Outcomes for the STEM Education Specialization
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
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||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.)|
Effective teachers are leaders who make a positive difference in classrooms, schools, and society. Education professionals explore what it means to be a teacher leader in today's diverse and changing educational landscape, while gaining expertise in current research-based educational advancements. They examine their values, beliefs, vision, and mission, and they explore teacher effectiveness in relation to their role in the larger context of the teaching profession. They collaborate in professional learning communities and advocate for students and other educators in order to promote positive social change. They synthesize their learning throughout the course and use this knowledge to enhance professional growth and development.
Education professionals ensure continuous improvement for student learning through attention to the relationship among classroom curriculum, instruction, and assessment in standards-based educational systems. They explore learning theory, learner variables, and the need for differentiation to meet diverse learning needs. Education professionals design educational experiences for P–12 students using data-informed practices in order to promote student learning, critical thinking, and real-world application of knowledge and skills in technology-rich environments.
To foster high levels of learning and achievement in math, teachers must first have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and know how best to teach them. In this course, teachers of K—8 mathematics are introduced to exciting ideas and practices to address their own learning and teaching of mathematics. Authentic and engaging mathematics experiences, including modeling, representing mathematical ideas in multiple ways, and identifying and addressing student misconceptions, are emphasized. Educators engage in effective practices for fostering students' ability to reason, analyze conceptual relationships, and persist in solving challenging problems. Connections across mathematics topics, skills, and levels as well as educational policies that impact the learning and teaching of mathematics are emphasized in this course. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) practices are frameworks for addressing fundamental principles and skills.
Education professionals examine the value of adapting the learning environment for multiple diverse populations within the classroom. They explore their attitudes, beliefs, and biases regarding diverse students, families, and communities, and they learn approaches for working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Through real-world application, they assess and implement high-quality learning experiences that provide equitable access to promote positive social change. Education professionals incorporate their students' background experiences and differentiate instruction using effective practices so all P–12 students have the opportunities and resources to learn.
Education professionals can investigate the nature and history of science and the role science plays in 21st-century life. They can discover unifying themes across all areas of science such as scientific inquiry, systems and energy, models and scale, constancy and change, ecology and the environment, and form and function. Education professionals can explore environmental science and apply the scientific tools of inquiry, discovery, hypothesis, and theory to facilitate their own learning in science and to foster engaging and motivating scientific learning in their students.
Education professionals have the opportunity to learn to create safe, supportive, and respectful learning environments that promote social-emotional development, self-responsibility, and character, in order to optimize learning for all students. They can learn how to foster a sense of community in the classroom and develop positive relationships with and among students. Skills and strategies for managing dynamic and flexible classroom structures and for teaching conflict resolution are presented. Educators are also provided with strategies for building positive relationships and engaging in effective communication and problem solving with parents and families.
In this course, education professionals expand their focus of technology use in the classroom by exploring instructional strategies and digital tools that facilitate content area literacy and learning. Education professionals learn how to design technology-infused projects that motivate students and help them meet specific curricular standards. They also explore developmentally appropriate ways of using multimedia and Internet technologies to bring discipline-specific concepts to life and foster interdisciplinary connections that enhance learning across the curriculum.
Education professionals can examine various physical phenomena (e.g., light, sound, heat, magnetism, and motion) in this course. They engage in authentic, active learning experiences that advance their knowledge about these phenomena and model creative teaching approaches that can be used to engage their students in powerful learning about the physical sciences. The practical application of theories and concepts will be emphasized.
STEM scholar-practitioners analyze current trends, challenges, issues, and career opportunities related to promoting STEM education. They explore research-based strategies and their application in both the classroom and the surrounding community. STEM educators 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.
Education professionals use action research in a variety of ways to positively impact P–12 student learning. They examine, design, and implement action research. They address relevant problems, become involved in collaborative inquiry, use data and research to inform their practice, improve P–12 student academic success, and contribute to positive social change in their classrooms and school environments. Education professionals collect and analyze student data, develop and implement data-informed decisions to guide instructional planning, and engage in reflective practices to ensure continuous improvement and enhance professional growth.
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 www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.
Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu 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 www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/spring/art01.pdf. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.