The M.S. in STEM Education fulfills the critical need for improving STEM education nationally and in Iowa by training effective teachers who specialize in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The M.S. in STEM Education is a collaboration between the Science Education and Mathematics Education departments. Candidates in the program simultaneously earn the M.S. in STEM Education while completing the majority of the coursework necessary to obtain the state of Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist endorsement . Candidates wishing to earn the endorsement will work with an advisor to determine the additional courses needed outside of the courses required for the M.S. degree.

Required Courses

STEM Pedagogy Courses

All of these:

  • EDTL:6761 STEM Research and Leadership Seminar (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:6762 STEM Experiential Learning (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:6563 STEM Through Mathematical Modeling (3 s.h.)

College of Education Course

One of these:

  • EDTL:7004 Schooling in the United States (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:7033 Seminar on Teacher Education (3 s.h.)

Science/Mathematics Courses

All of these:

  • EDTL:4193 Independent Study (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:7755 Independent Study in Science Education Research (3 s.h.)

Science or math graduate-level courses at the 3000 level or above in the following subject areas: BIOL, CHEM, EES, MATH, PHYS, or other courses if approved (consult advisor)6

Additional Course Work

6 s.h. from these:

  • EDTL:6530 Workshop in School Mathematics (1-3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:6531 Technology in School Mathematics (2-3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:6534 Foundations of Mathematics Education (2-3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:6757 Learning in the Science Classroom (2-3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:6758 Writing in the Science Classroom (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:6759 Advanced Pedagogy (3 s.h.)
  • PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 s.h.)
  • PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSQF:6275 Constructivism and Design of Instruction (3 s.h.)
  • RCE:7338 Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry (3 s.h.)

STEM Extracurricular Experience

This course:

  • EDTL:6764 STEM Extracurricular Experience and Capstone (6 s.h.)

M.S. with K-12 STEM Specialist Endorsement

If students wish to obtain the K-12 STEM specialist endorsement along with the Master of Science degree, they must:

  • Demonstrate completion of 12 s.h. of science and 12 s.h. of math content course work. Credit is granted for math and science content course work completed as part of the M.S. program.
  • Complete 3 s.h. of engineering or technological design course work. Students can fulfill this requirement with ENGR:1100 Engineering Problem Solving I and ENGR:1300 Engineering Problem Solving II.