STEM Education

STEM Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) Online Degree or Certificate

About STEM Master's Degree

Grow your ability to teach STEM disciplines with a 100% online M.Ed. or certificate.

Learn innovative, relevant and engaging practices for incorporating STEM principles across disciplines in grades K-12 with an online master’s degree or 12-credit certificate in Integrative STEM Education from PennWest California.

This fully online graduate program will provide you with the tools you need to grow your teaching abilities in STEM disciplines. You’ll learn to:

  • Develop student-centered learning approaches for K-12 education.
  • Plan, design and implement hands-on, project-based learning
  • Empower learners to become technologically proficient problem-solvers, collaborators and innovators.

You'll graduate from PennWest California’s STEM graduate degree program with teacher leadership skills that enable you to mentor colleagues, design high-quality professional development experiences, and guide school-wide implementation of STEM initiatives that deliver high-quality STEM education to all students. Students who select the certificate-only option also gain valuable skills in STEM education.

Upon completion of PennWest California’s online Integrative STEM Education graduate program, candidates who hold a Pennsylvania Level I or II teaching certificate can apply to add the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education PreK-12 Endorsement to their existing teaching certificate.

Become a STEM leader in your school or district.

PennWest California's online Masters in stem education degree program prepares you to:

  • Improve curriculum, instruction, assessment and content knowledge in STEM education by planning, designing and implementing a range of interdisciplinary practices that emphasize active engagement, interaction, participation, and collaborative and cooperative learning.
  • Develop inclusive, developmentally appropriate interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, inquiry-based learning.
  • Facilitate learners’ abilities to answer complex questions, engage in critical thinking, investigate societal issues, and develop solutions for authentic challenges and real-world problems.
  • Improve teacher leadership skills that can facilitate the transformation of curriculum, instruction and assessment through interactions with colleagues in grade-level teams, schools, districts, states and nations.


Collaboration: The STEM teacher education program at PennWest California employs a cohort model in which classmates begin courses at the same time and continue through the program together. This fosters the formation of collegial relationships in an online learning community, supporting you as you learn and implement new teaching/leadership strategies.

Top Accreditation: PennWest California's teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, PennWest California education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Education Options: Students may choose to earn the 12-credit certificate as a stand-alone credential that can lead to a PDE-approved STEM Education PreK-12 Endorsement. The certificate also can be included as part of the M.Ed. in STEM Education program.

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PennWest California's online graduate teacher education programs are consistently ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
PennWest California is proud of our partnership with the National Science Teachers Association and our shared dedication to providing the highest quality professional development for educators.


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Degree Benefits

As an online STEM education graduate student you'll be able to:

  • Enjoy the flexibility of fully online courses that can be completed anywhere, any time.
  • Earn your PennWest California master's degree while you continue working full time.
  • Grow your opportunities for advancement or promotion in your school or district.
  • Get personalized academic and career guidance from PennWest California's dedicated Global Online faculty and staff.
  • Complete your STEM education graduate degree in as little as five terms, taking two courses per term. or add the 12-credit Integrative STEM Education certificate in a little as two semesters.
  • Add the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Pre-K-12 Endorsement to an existing Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certificate.
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Graduate Outcomes

Your M.Ed. in STEM education can lead to promotions or new responsibilities within your home school, as well as new teaching and district leadership positions. Graduates of PennWest California's STEM education master's program have gone on to obtain key positions in school districts across the nation. They are leading the transformation of STEM curriculum, instruction and assessment at many levels for the benefit of their students.



Curriculum and Admission Requirements

Designed for current kindergarten to grade 12 teachers, this 100% online program can be completed in five terms of part-time study. PennWest California's Integrative STEM graduate degree program leads to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Pre-K-12 Endorsement for current PDE-certified Level I or Level II teachers.

Master's Degree Curriculum

Course Credits
EDE 701  Standards Aligned Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction  3
EDE 750  Foundations of Integrative STEM Education K-12 3
EDE 751  Building Scientific Literacy and Understanding Through Inquiry 3
EDE 752  Mathematics as Problem Solving 3
EDE 753  Integrative STEM Pedagogy and Instructional Design 3
EDE 754  Creating Innovative Measures of Learning for Integrative STEM Learning Communities 3
EDE 755  STEM Teachers as Leaders 3
EDE 769  Integrative Project in STEM Education 3
RES 800  Methods of Research 3
TED 775  Integrating Technology in Elementary/Middle School STEM Curriculum 3
Total 30


Certificate Curriculum

Course Credits
EDE 750  Foundations of Integrative STEM Education K-12 3
EDE 753  Integrative STEM Pedagogy and Instructional Design 3
EDE 754  Creating Innovative Measures of Learning for Integrative STEM Learning Communities 3
EDE 769  Integrative Project in STEM Education 3
Total 12


Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirements

  • 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

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 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:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Under Planned Course of Study:
  • Select "Teacher Education (MEd)" and then choose "STEM" as the designated program
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:

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

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348


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What do Alumni Say About the Program?

"I have a new job at the STEM Academy in Savannah, Georgia. This middle school was named the No. 1 STEM school in the nation. … The STEM Academy utilizes many of the principles and practices I learned while earning my master's degree at PennWest California. Thank you for helping make this dream become a reality." – Sara Ruffini ’16

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Integrative Project in STEM Education

As a student in the Integrative STEM Education graduate degree program, you'll have the opportunity to apply your understanding of STEM education through direct interactions with children in schools, maker spaces, fabrication labs, teacher leadership initiatives, community service projects, scientific laboratory experiences, and/or STEM-based initiatives in parks and museums.

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Prepare Students For The Future

As a master STEM educator you will be preparing the next generation with in-demand skills for the future. Or, as James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C., said, "The future of the economy is in STEM. That's where the jobs of tomorrow will be."

STEM Education Faculty

Dr. Peter Cormas
Associate Professor

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Dr. Diane Fine
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Reading Specialist Program and Integrative STEM Education Program

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Dr. J. William Hug
Associate Professor; Science, Environment and STEM Teacher Education

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Michael Ulderich
Assistant Professor

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