Leadership in Teaching: STEM
The Master of Arts Leadership in Teaching: STEM program offers a dynamic array of courses that are not available at other institutions. We focus on increasing the skills and knowledge of teachers while building their capacity to teach using STEM pedagogy and resources by providing hands-on, problem-based situations.
As a student in this program, you will be able to:
- Apply STEM pedagogical concepts in Design, Technology and Engineering Education in STEM focused curricular models.
- Design instructional environments that accommodate inquiry-based pedagogies, meet institutional goals of sustainability, are welcoming destinations, and support interdisciplinary collaborations.
- Develop scientific critical thinking skills through reading and analyzing environmental information in both mass media and research journal articles.
- Demonstrate a variety of skills necessary to conduct original research using sampling protocols and equipment, as well as the ability to apply mathematical or statistical approaches involved in data analysis and in interpreting various types of information.
At the completion of the program, you will be able to:
- Pass all national testing requirements, as applicable, achieving a 100% pass rate for NDMU.
- Enhance career and professional development opportunities for employment pathways in the profession, e.g., STEM teacher, STEM interdisciplinary facilitator, STEM curriculum specialist.
- Design and conduct research studies in their field of expertise and interest.
- Create transdisciplinary curricular to support student learning.
Application of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies for K-8 Educators: EDST-502 (3 credits)
This course will focus on teachers’ application of the content base for Design, Technology, and Engineering (DTE) as educational instructional areas. Participants will use knowledge from courses in the STEM program to apply science, technology, engineering and math practices in an authentic experience. Participants will demonstrate mastery of practices through the construction of original operating models, products, systems, and environments that demonstrate solutions to real world problems. [3 credits]
Practicum: STEM for Teachers PreK-8: EDST-503 (3 credits)
The capstone experience of the program is a field-based practicum that integrates the course work and standards of practice of STEM education. During the practicum students will be asked to put into practice a thoughtful and effective vision of STEM education. Through direct supervision by program faculty and participation in a weekly seminar, students will work to pull together their program experiences and apply them to an authentic education context. The practicum will provide students the opportunity to reflect on the direction of their professional career as a STEM educator through portfolio assessment. [3 credits]
STEM: Curriculum Development and Implementation: EDST-504 (3 credits)This course presents teachers with the fundamentals to enact a STEM curriculum. The course focuses on using an integrated approach to implementing STEM standards of practice into pre-existing curriculum as well as designing new curriculum which incorporates Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards and Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice. This will be a highly interactive course where teachers will engage in numerous activities and discussions as they progress through an exemplar STEM unit. [ 3 credits ]
Methods for Teaching STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom (PreK-2): EDST-505 (3 credits)
This course presents teachers with the fundamentals to enact a STEM curriculum in the early childhood classroom setting. This course focuses on using an integrated approach to implementing STEM standards of practice into already existing and new teacher developed curriculum. Teachers will learn how to appropriately incorporate Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice into their own professional experiences. This will be a highly interactive course where teachers will engage in numerous activities and discussions as they progress through examples of early childhood STEM lessons and activities. [3 credits]
Introduction and Exploration of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies: EDST-506 (3 credits)
This course will introduce and expand on knowledge of Design, Technology, and Engineering (DTE) as educational content areas. Through instruction and direct experience, participants will develop knowledge and skill related to: (1) design as a creative and innovative technological process; (2) technology as processes, knowledge and skills focused on meeting human needs; and (3) engineering as the focused application science, technology, and math knowledge and skills through systematic problem solving processes. Learning activities will be based on the DTE problem solving process and will address a variety of learning styles through the construction of operating models, products, systems, and environments that demonstrate solutions to problems. [3 credits]
Technology for STEM Educators: EDST-507 (3 credits)
This course will introduce teachers to a variety of high-tech and low-tech technologies that can be utilized to reach students in new ways in the classroom. Teachers will receive hands-on experience with technology tools such as: 3D Printers, microcontrollers, and website coding. Through instruction and hands-on direct experience, participants will develop knowledge and skills related to: (1) “technology” as a tool for teaching rather than a topic for teaching; (2) implementation of technology tools in a variety of subjects and content areas; (3) methods for supporting creativity in technology heavy subjects. [3 credits]
Leadership Seminar I: EDU-557 (3 credits)Analyzes various models of leadership and explores societal and personal assumptions about leadership. Students investigate key elements of effective leadership and raise questions from several cultural viewpoints. Participants will be encouraged to integrate and apply diverse leadership perspectives in order to enhance their leadership abilities and strengthen their capacity to lead as educational professionals. [ 3 credits ]
Learning Theory and Practice: EDU-567 (3 credits)Evaluates theories of learning from cognitive, physiological and affective perspectives as a basis for effective instructional practice. Research into the theoretical basis for learning and higher level thinking skills is applied to educational planning, implementation, and evaluation. [ 3 credits ]
Special Topics in Mathematics Education: EDU-583 (3 credits)
This course will examine effective instruction in the elementary and middle school mathematics classroom. Instruction will focus on studying how students learn mathematics and the pedagogical knowledge specific to mathematics teaching and learning. Candidates will analyze the mathematical thinking of students, integrate technology into mathematics instruction, and support a positive disposition toward mathematical processes and mathematical learning. The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, Maryland Common Core Curriculum including the Standards for Mathematical Practices, and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments will be addressed. Problem solving approaches, authentic tasks, and active learning strategies will be included. This is web-assisted course in which participants will use various websites for the completion of some assignments. [ 3 credits ]
Sustainability for Teachers PreK-8: ENV-560 (3 credits)
This course is designed as a capstone content course that will integrate knowledge from all other STEM content courses. Sessions provide an overview of content that focuses on the interactions among the physical, chemical, biological, political and social forces which impact the environment. Students will develop and conduct research and sustainable “green” projects throughout the semester. Content will be delivered in ways PreK-8 teachers will be able to implement in their classrooms. [3 credits]
Methods of Teaching Interdisciplinary Environmental Science: ENV-561 (3 credits)
Through multi-disciplinary, hands-on lessons which are aligned with the Maryland Learning Standards K-12 for Science, Math, Language Arts and Social Studies, as well as the new Environmental Literacy Standards, teachers will gain content knowledge, learn about scientific practices of resource professionals, and learn about different methods to investigate Maryland related resource issues. Teachers will learn about student engagement in environmental education action projects and where to get funding in Maryland to do these projects with their students. [3 credits]
Exploring the Local Environment Through Field Study: ENV-562 (3 credits)
This field-based course is designed to integrate knowledge from STEM courses within the context of the local environment. Sessions provide an overview of content that focuses on the interactions among the physical, chemical, biological, political and social forces which impact the local environment with emphasis on aquatic ecosystems and the Chesapeake Bay. Content will be delivered in ways that PreK-8 teachers will be able to implement in their classrooms. [3 credits]
Space and Earth Science for Teachers PreK-8: PHY-561 (3 credits)
This course presents an introduction to the fundamental principles that underlie motion and structure of celestial bodies, including Earth. Space and earth science content includes the motion and structure of celestial bodies, evolution of the universe, the structure of Earth, the processes that constantly reshape its surface, and plate tectonics. STEM strategies as well as statistics and probability skills and technology applications are integrated to quantify, strengthen and deepen conceptual understanding. [3 credits]
Physical Science for Teachers PreK-8: PHY-562 (3 credits)
This course presents an introduction to fundamental concepts and principles of Physical Science as aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Physical Science content includes: 1. Matter and its Interactions, such as atomic structure, elemental properties, chemical bonding, and reactions. 2. Motion, Stability and Forces, through an introduction to Newtonian Physics. 3 Properties of Energy, including basic thermodynamics and kinetics. 4. Waves and Technological Applications, through an exploration of the properties of waves, telecommunication, and electronics. This course is designed to introduce learners to the content necessary to teach science in grades Pre-K – 8. Learners will also be expected to develop proficiency with applying scientific concepts to create models, conduct experiments, and incorporate mathematical content in STEM centered investigations, lessons, and application. During the course you will learn, apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics content (STEM). [3 credits]
PHY 562 - Physical Science for teachers (3)
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education (3)
PHY 561 - Earth and Space Science for teachers (3)
EDST 506 - Introduction and Exploration of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
ENV 560 - Sustainability for Teachers (3)
EDST 502 - Application of design, Technology and Engineering: Content and Instruction (3)
EDST 507 - Technology for STEM educators (3)
EDU 567 - Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDST 504 - STEM Curriculum Development (3)
EDU 557 - Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDST 503 - Practicum: STEM for Teachers (3)
Electives (Choose 1)
*ENV 561 - STEM Summer Institute: Methods of Teaching Interdisciplinary Environmental science (3)
*ENV 562 - Exploring the Local Environment Field Study (3)
*EDST 505 - Methods for Teaching STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom (PreK-2) (3)
What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University
With award-winning teacher certification programs nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, you can expect to benefit from small class sizes, expert faculty, and practical field experiences.
Flexible Class Schedules
Work with an advisor to develop a personalized program plan:
- Courses offered in the evenings at times convenient for working adults.
- Occasional courses available on Saturdays or online.