STEM Education

STEM Education Technology Education Certificate

About STEM Education Certificate

Prepare students for the future with an online STEM certificate designed for technology education professionals.

Master the art of teaching K-12 students science, technology, engineering and math with a STEM certificate from PennWest California. This 100% online certificate program will provide you with comprehensive understanding of applied research in science, technology, engineering principles and math, as well as the integration of these disciplines into your teaching curriculum.

Gain comprehensive STEM teaching skills.

This nine-credit certificate is awarded by PennWest California through its technology education program. Advanced coursework provides opportunities to:

  • Analyze existing STEM curricula.
  • Become proficient in program development, implementation and strategic management.
  • Develop curriculums in technology education and for STEM courses.
  • Complete applied research science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

PennWest California also offers a 12-credit teacher-education program leading to the Integrative STEM Education PreK-12 Endorsement awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


International Acclaim: PennWest California has received the Outstanding Technology Teacher Education Program Award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's (ITEEA) Council on Technology Teacher Education.


Top Programs 
PennWest California's Global Online graduate teacher education programs are consistently ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
online courses allow you to continue to teach full time as you earn your PennWest California certificate.


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Degree Benefits

PennWest California's online technology education STEM certificate will enable you to:

  • Enjoy online courses that are asynchronous, meaning they can be completed anywhere, any time.
  • Have more opportunities for advancement or promotion in your school or district.
  • Collaborate online with fellow students who are taking the same classes as you.
  • Apply nine credits from the STEM certificate to the master's degree in technology education.
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Graduate Outcomes

Your STEM certificate can lead to promotions or new responsibilities within your home school, as well as new teaching and district leadership positions. Top employers for PennWest California technology education alumni include:

  • Public and private elementary, middle and high schools in Pennsylvania and across the United States.
  • K-12 cyber schools.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

All STEM certificate courses are delivered 100% online and are designed for previously licensed teachers. This nine-credit program can be completed in two semesters of part-time study or as the courses are available.


Course Credits
TED 703  Strategic Management in Education 3
TED 704  Integrating Math, Science and Technology 3
TED 725  Applied Research Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education 3
Total 9


Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision

Provisional Admission
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
PennWest California
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Related Programs
  • STEM Education Master's Degree
    A master of education degree (or 12-credit certificate program) for K-12 educators seeking to grow their teaching abilities in STEM disciplines.
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Technology Education in Pennsylvania

Technology and Engineering Teacher has reported that Pennsylvania is a leader in technology education, producing 27% of all technology education teachers in the United States. PennWest California accounted for 15% of those teachers.

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Technology Education vs. Educational Technology

PennWest California's technology education program promotes the development of technologically literate citizens by studying the broad spectrum of technology and STEM disciplines. In contrast, educational technology focuses on using computer technology to enhance instruction. PennWest California's certificate is not intended for individuals interested in educational or instructional technology.

STEM Certificate Faculty

Dr. Rene L. Kruse

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