Integrative STEM Education K-12

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Master of Education: Teacher Education: Integrative STEM Education K-12 - Credits: 30 (program code: 0920)

Certificate: Integrative STEM Education Endorsement K-12 - Credits: 12 (program code: 0760)

Program Description

The Integrative STEM Education K-12 is a completely online graduate program for certified teachers and other educators interested in learning how to develop rigorous, relevant, innovative and engaging integrative practices for incorporating STEM principles across disciplines. This program develops competent STEM educators and leaders who are prepared to develop innovative and engaging integrative practices for incorporating STEM principles across disciplines while ensuring that learners are able to apply STEM content, concepts and skills in both academic and real-world contexts. The program strengthens candidates’ knowledge of student-centered learning approaches and will prepare candidates to plan, design and implement hands-on project-based learning approaches that will empower learners to become technologically proficient problem solvers, collaborators and innovators prepared to function in and contribute to the globally competitive science and technology-rich society of the twenty-first century.

Program Goals

The Integrative STEM Education program seeks to prepare STEM educators who:

  1. Are cognizant of the continually evolving approaches to integrative STEM education and are effectively prepared to implement a range of innovative, constructivist, integrative/interdisciplinary practices that emphasize active engagement, interaction, participation and collaborative and cooperative learning;
  2. Can provide competent, inclusive, developmentally appropriate interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, inquiry-based learning that utilizes the design process to facilitate learners’ ability to answer complex questions, engage in critical thinking, investigate societal issues and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems;
  3. Embrace a growth mindset and can design, implement and assess lessons and units that incorporate an integrative STEM learning cycle approach in a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that encourages and supports innovation, design thinking and intellectual risk taking while helping learners understand the relevance of STEM to their lives and to see the value of STEM in addressing issues that are important to their communities;
  4. Understand how rapidly evolving state-of-the-art technologies can be leveraged to connect and empower students, educators, businesses and communities in flexible and inclusive learning spaces that foster learners’ imaginations as they endeavor to explore innovative concepts such as computer science, technology integration, robotics, virtual reality, fabrication, the maker movement and other continually evolving approaches that connect STEM and non-STEM disciplines; and
  5. Serve as teacher leaders who possess strong collaboration skills along with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to support a STEM education vision and plan and are effectively prepared to guide school-wide implementation of STEM initiatives that develop and deliver high-quality STEM education to all students.

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

Curriculum - Master of Education: Teacher Education: Integrative STEM K-12 Education

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

* EDE 750 must be taken during the student's first semester.

Curriculum - Certificate: Integrative STEM Endorsement K-12 Education

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


Pennsylvania Act 24, 31, 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.


Students in the Integrative STEM Education K-12 program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

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For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Diane Fine, Ed.D. , M.A. (West Virginia University),  M.Ed. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (West Virginia Wesleyan College), Assistant Professor

Phone: 724-938-4495

Graduate Faculty

J. William Hug, Ph.D., M.S. (Pennsylvania State University), Associate Professor

Peter Cormas, Ph.D. (The University of Texas at Austin), M.S. (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Post Baccalaureate (Yale University), B.A. (University of Pittsburgh), Assistant Professor

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