Explore our MS in Education STEM Education (Grades K–8) specialization
According to Pew Research Center, employment in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) has grown 79% between 1990 and 2018—from 9.7 million to 17.3 million—outpacing overall U.S. job growth.1 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.
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.
- 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 Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Teacher as Professional
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating)
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Learning and Teaching Mathematics
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating)
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
The Nature of Science
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment (Accelerating)
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Integrating Technology Across the Content Areas
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Exploring the Physical World
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
The Effective STEM Scholar-Practitioner
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Action Research for Educators
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.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
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1Pew Research Center FactTank, 7 Facts About the STEM Workforce. National long-term job growth projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
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.
Tuition and Fees
|Curriculum Component||Requirements||Cost||Total *|
|Tuition||21 semester credits, traditional courses||$580 per credit hour||$12,180|
|9 semester credits, accelerating courses||$120 per credit hour||$1,080|
|30 total semester credits||$13,260|
|Technology Fee||Per semester||$210||$1,050|
|Transfer up to 15 credits||$5,670|
|Total with Maximum Transfer Credits†||$8,640|
The tuition reflects the minimum credits to completion. Program completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.
†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time
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To be considered for this master’s program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, teaching experience, and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply.
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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
My experience at Walden was one of the most trouble-free experiences I’ve ever had studying either online or face-face.
Syuen Walker MS in Education (MSEd) Gradua:e
I am passionate about social change and Walden was the only school that mentioned such as a vision/mission.
Desmond Pittman MS in Education (MSEd) Graduate
My MSEd helped me reach a point in my career where I am comfortable, knowledgeable, and happy about what I do and what I can offer to my students and colleagues.
Neysha Parker MS in Education (MSEd) Graduate