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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Master of Education

Master of Education – Credits:  30 (program code: 0905)

Program Description

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics for elementary and middle school teachers program at Cal U is a completely online graduate program for certified teachers and other educators interested in increasing their content knowledge and teaching skills.

The experienced course instructors will guide you through the most recent innovations in helping elementary and adolescent children excel in the STEM disciplines. Through reading online text, observing video of high-quality STEM teaching in classrooms, conducting hands-on experiments and sharing ideas with your colleagues, you will learn many ready-to-use activities that foster STEM learning in your students.

Our program emphasizes a constructivist teaching philosophy that takes into consideration the prior knowledge and background of individual learners. The program is performance-based and shares research-based practices that will prepare you to teach STEM disciplines with children Pre-K to eighth grade.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation  (CAEP, formerly NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.80 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Resume
  • Student Essay to Support Application
    • 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
  • Teaching Certification or documentation of teaching experience in formal or non-formal settings
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam. An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy these requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Under Planned Course of Study:
    • Select “Teacher Education (MEd)” and then choose “STEM” as the designated program
    • Or “Stem (LOC Only)
  • Submit the nonrefundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:

         School of Graduate Studies and Research
         California University of Pennsylvania
         Box 91
         250 University Ave.
         California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Phone: 1.866.595.6348


Pennsylvania Act 24, 34, 114 and 151 clearances (or appropriate clearances for non-Pennsylvania residents) are required for field-based course registration but not admission. Applicants may be admitted to the program but will not be able to register for field-based courses until all of the up-to-date clearances are submitted.


Master's Curriculum (30 credits)

Core Course (6 credits)

Course NameCredits
RES 800 Methods of Research3
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Specialized Courses (18 credits)

Course NameCredits
EDE 770 The Nature of STEM Learning in Elementary/Middle Schools3
EDE 771 Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Earth and Space Science3
EDE 772 Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Life Science3
EDE 773 Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Physical Science3
EDE 774 Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Math3
EDE 765 Teachers as Leaders3

Cognate Course (3 credits)

Course NameCredits
TED 775 Integrating Technology in Elementary/Middle School STEM Curriculum3

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Course NameCredits
EDE 776 Integrative Project in STEM Education3


Students in the elementary education STEM program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA  15419

Program Coordinator

J. William Hug, Ph.D., M.S. (Pennsylvania State University)
Web Page:
Phone: 724-938-4135

Graduate Faculty

Deborah Farrer, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor; specializes in reading
Kyle Fredrick, Ph.D. (University at Buffalo), Assistant Professor; specializes in groundwater hydrology and groundwater modeling
Laura Hummell, Ed.D. (East Carolina University), Assistant Professor; specializes in educational leadership and instructional design