Master of Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education: Admissions
Who should apply?
The ideal candidate for this graduate program is interested in developing their ability to teach children science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We suggest that candidates for this program have at least a year of full time teaching experience (public schools or other organizations) so that that course experiences can be related to practical teaching considerations. One ideal candidate for this program could be preschool or elementary teachers in grades PreK-4 who are responsible for teaching language arts, math, science and social studies with an interest in the STEM disciplines. Another ideal candidate for this program is an upper elementary or middle school teacher in grades 5-8 who primarily teaches children science or math. Another ideal candidate is a teacher/program director working in non-formal science or environmental education such as a science center, nature center, outdoor school, summer camp or other educational organization. This degree also supports educational administrators and other teacher leaders who are responsible for curriculum development, instructional supervision or professional development in STEM education. For people interested in technology education please see Cal U¹s M Ed. in technology education. These are just a few of the backgrounds where this degree can help you grow your capabilities and move forward in your career.
Does this Masters Degree lead to a teaching certificate or endorsement etc.?
NOTE: This M. Ed. program DOES NOT lead to an initial teacher certificate OR any other teaching certificate endorsement. It is intended for people with at least an undergraduate degree in education and teaching experience who want a degree program that will enable them to become a teacher leader in their school setting. There are 50 states each with different certification requirements. We encourage you to contact your state¹s Department of Education for information about their requirements. It is your responsibility to know your state¹s requirements and request documents from Cal U that you might need to submit to your state for certification purposes. We will do everything we can to support you in this process.
Please contact us early to discuss your particular certification questions and whether this degree can help you prepare for a certification test, initial to permanent certification or other state requirements.
What are the minimum qualifications?
To enroll in the in the Master of Education in STEM education program at California University of Pennsylvania, you must have the following minimum qualifications:
- A bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree in elementary education, middle school education or related field from an accredited institution.
- A state issued teaching certificate (or documentation of teaching experience in formal or non-formal settings)
- Evidence of an earned GPA of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale, or a 3.00 GPA in the last 48 college credits, verified with official transcripts
How do I apply for admission?
Please send the following application materials to:
School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania, Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
- A completed Online Application
- An official transcript reflecting a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts from institutions where a degree was not conferred will only be required in cases where the student wishes to have a transfer of credit evaluation completed.
- A copy of all current professional teaching certificates (for non-formal educators send evidence of teaching experience).
- A current resume
- A written statement (500 words or less): In your statement please describe how this degree fits into your plans for developing your ability to teach children the STEM disciplines AND how you envision this degree will help you enhance your teacher leadership skills in STEM education.