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
EDU 567 - Learning Theory and Practice
PHY562 - Physical Science for teachers
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education
PHY 561 - Earth and Space Science for teachers
EDST 506 - Introduction and Exploration of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies
ENV 560 - Sustainability for Teachers
EDST 502 - Application of design, Technology and Engineering: Content and Instruction
EDST 508 - Technology for STEM educators
EDST 504 - STEM Curriculum Development
EDST 503 - Practicum: STEM for Teachers

(Elective Choose 1)*

*ENV 561 Methods of Teaching Interdisciplinary Environmental science
*ENV 562 Exploring the Local Environment Field Study
*EDST 505 Methods for Teaching STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom (PreK-2)

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

PHY562 - Physical Science for teachers
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education
PHY 561 - Earth and Space Science for teachers
EDST 506 - Introduction and Exploration of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies
ENV 560 - Sustainability for Teachers
EDST 502 - Application of design, Technology and Engineering: Content and Instruction
EDST 508 - Technology for STEM educators
EDST 504 - STEM Curriculum Development
EDST 503 - Practicum: STEM for Teachers

(Elective Choose 1)*

*ENV 561 Methods of Teaching Interdisciplinary Environmental science
*ENV 562 Exploring the Local Environment Field Study
*EDST 505 Methods for Teaching STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom (PreK-2)

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

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Ashley Demski
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Developing Meaningful Learning Opportunities

Alum Leadership in Teaching: STEM

The STEM program at Notre Dame gave me the content knowledge and confidence I needed to create authentic experiences for my students. Now, I am able to capitalize on my creativity and passion for developing meaningful learning opportunities in the early childhood setting. I have also taken on multiple leadership roles in Baltimore City Schools by creating professional development and curriculum for Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers. Currently, I am collaborating with other educators by presenting at conferences such as MAEOE and working with my team on a special 100Kin10 project.

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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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