Leadership in Teaching: STEM

MA

Certificate | Certification

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.

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Program Locations

Program Options

The STEM program has three distinct options depending on where you are at in your teaching career:

  • MA in Leadership in Teaching for experienced teachers who already hold a K-12 state certification
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for certified teachers and non-certified individuals who hold a bachelor's degree
  • Post-Master's Certification for certified teachers who already hold a master's degree

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the post-baccalaureate certificate program can roll seamlessly into the MA in Leadership in Teaching: STEM.

Faculty

Master's Degree

Required Courses

EDU-557 Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-567 Learning Theory and Practice (3)
PHY-560 Physics for Teachers K-8 (3)
CHM-560 Chemistry for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST-500 Introduction to Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
PHY-561 Space and Earth Science for Teachers K-8 (3)
BIO-560 Biology for Teachers K-8: The Cell, Inheritance and Evolution (3)
EDST-501 Exploration in Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
ENV-560 Sustainability for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST-502 Application of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
EDST-503 Practicum: STEM for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST-504 STEM Curriculum Development (3)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Required Courses

EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education (3)
EDST 506 - Introduction and Exploration of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
EDST 508 - Technology for STEM Educators (3)
ENV 561 - STEM Summer Institute: Methods of Teaching Interdisciplinary Environmental Science (3)

Post-Master's Certification

Required Courses

PHY 560 - Physics for Teachers K-8 (3)
CHM 560 - Chemistry for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST 500 - Instruction to Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
PHY 561 - Space and Earth Science for Teachers K-8 (3)
BIO 560 - Biology for Teachers K-8: The Cell, Inheritance and Evolution (3)
EDST 501 - Exploration in Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
ENV 560 - Sustainability for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST 502 - Application of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
EDST 503 - Practicum: STEM for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST 504 - STEM Curriculum Development (3)

Outcomes

Student Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will be able to:

  1. Apply STEM pedagogical concepts in Design, Technology and Engineering Education in STEM focused curricular models.
  2. Design instructional environments that accommodate inquiry-based pedagogies, meet institutional goals of sustainability, are welcoming destinations, and support interdisciplinary collaborations.
  3. Develop scientific critical thinking skills through reading and analyzing environmental information in both mass media and research journal articles.
  4. 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.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Graduates of the STEM program will be able to design and conduct a research study.
  2. Graduates of the STEM program will be able to create transdisciplinary curricula to support student learning.
  3. Graduates of the STEM program will be able to collaborate as an interdisciplinary team.
  4. Graduates of the STEM program will be able to apply transdisciplinary connections that exist between all content areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Social Studies and English) to answer complex questions and to develop solutions for real world problems.

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.

Summer STEM offerings

Alum
Stephen Knott
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A Universal Framework

Alum Leadership in Teaching: STEM

I cannot say enough about how satisfied I am with the Notre Dame of Maryland University STEM Certification program. I had completed a master’s degree and considered myself a seasoned teacher before entering the program. However, it was not until the final class, where we reflected upon our experience and personal pedagogies, that I truly understood my purpose, direction, and goals as an educator. STEM is so much more than Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is the universal framework we use to understand, communicate, and create knowledge.

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Education Careers

Many of our graduates have been promoted to STEM Leaders in their schools, districts or within the Greater Baltimore area.

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