STEM education has been called the “key to our economic future” as a country, because there is a growing number of high – paying jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but they are difficult to fill due to lack of qualified candidates. As a result, educators with specialized training in STEM education are in high demand.

The College of Education offers a 100% online Master of Science in STEM Education that prepares educators to equip the next generation to solve challenging problems, gather and evaluate data, and apply critical thinking skills to make sound decisions. The M.S. in STEM Education program combines research and leadership seminars and experiential learning opportunities with science and math education and content courses, providing graduates with the tools to effectively engage learners in the 21st century.

Recently ranking #24 on U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Online Education Programs in the Nation list, this program is both nationally respected and convenient. The curriculum is designed for busy, working educators eager to meet the needs of schools and districts for STEM educators as teachers, instructional leaders, and curriculum developers. The program is also appropriate for professionals working in community programs, content creation, and education advocacy.

STEM Education is a collaboration between the Science Education and Mathematics Education programs. Candidates in the program simultaneously earn the MS in STEM Education while completing most of the requirements necessary to obtain the Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist endorsement (this endorsement is only for the state of Iowa).

Candidates seeking the endorsement will need to complete additional coursework before applying to the Iowa BOEE.

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Curriculum

This innovative program requires 36 credit hours total, which consists of:

  • Program core courses in STEM pedagogy, education, and science/mathematics (18 hours)
  • Independent research (6 hours)
  • Additional coursework (6 hours)
  • STEM extracurricular experience and capstone (6 hours)

Candidates in the program simultaneously earn the M.S. in STEM Education while completing many of the requirements necessary to obtain the Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist endorsement (this endorsement is only for the state of Iowa). Candidates seeking the endorsement will need to complete additional coursework before applying to the Iowa BOEE. This program does not grant teaching licensure.

Required Coursework

The online M.S. in STEM Education coursework is arranged into five sessions each year with a thoughtful eye on the PreK-12 school calendar. The total number of semester hours required to complete the degree is 36. 


Program Core

18 Semester Hours

Course Number

Course Name

Semester Hours

EDTL:6761

STEM Research and Leadership Seminar

3hrs

EDTL:6762

STEM Experiential Learning

3hrs

EDTL:6563

STEM Through Mathematical Modeling

3hrs

EDTL:5095

Issues in US Schools

3hrs

 

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)

6hrs

 

STEM Independent Research (Planned in coordination with an academic advisor)

6hrs

EDTL:6764

STEM Extracurricular Experience and Capstone

6hrs


STEM Independent Research

6 Semester Hours

The online M.S. in STEM Education program requires 6 semester hours of independent action research, planned in coordination with the course instructor. The subject and execution of the research will vary by student, based on their interests and goals. Students will initiate the research by developing a literature review that will then form the basis for a research project carried out in an authentic setting.


Additional Coursework

6 Semester Hours

There are 6 semester hours of additional coursework required that can include the following (and other courses as available).

Course Number

Course Name

Semester Hours

EDTL:6534

Foundations of Mathematics Education

3hrs

EDTL:6570

Foundation of School Mathematics Curriculum

3hrs

EDTL:5535

Current Issues in Mathematics Education

3hrs

PSQF:4740

Issues in K-12 Assessment

3hrs

PSQF:4750

Learning Environment / Design, Content, Activity

3hrs

PSQF:4760

Participatory Learning and Media: Creating, Remixing, Making and Education

3hrs

EDTL:5085

Technology Integration in 21st Century K12 Schools

3hrs

EDTL:5090

Diversity & Identity in K12 Schools

3hrs

EDTL:5093

Teaching & Learning for a Global Perspective

3hrs


STEM Extracurricular Experience and Capstone

6 Semester Hours

The capstone is 90 hours of field work combined with observational reporting and a culminating project. Working teachers can complete the capstone during the summer months, or potentially during weekends or evenings if they are finishing in the spring or fall. Because this will ideally be the last course of the program, activity in the course will be primarily spent on field experience, with some reporting about the experiences and submission of a final project (such as a presentation or report). The capstone course counts for 6 credit hours towards your degree total and can be completed in 8 or 16 weeks. Each student will work with the course instructor to determine the best time for field experiences.

Sites will vary according to the goals of the student. The student will work with the course instructor to identify the sites for the extracurricular experience, but these could include academic environments and applied environments (such as working with the Department of Natural Resources). Students can find and secure their own placement with verification and approval by the program, or program faculty can help the student find a suitable placement.


Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist Endorsement

The Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist endorsement is a State of Iowa Endorsement only. If students wish to obtain the Iowa K-12 STEM Specialist Endorsement in addition to earning the M.S., they must:

  • Demonstrate completion of 12 semester hours of science and 12 hours of math content course work. Credit is granted for math and science content course work completed as part of the M.S. program.
  • Complete an additional 3 hours of engineering or technological design course work. Students will work with a faculty advisor to obtain the necessary additional courses.

Students interested in learning more about obtaining this endorsement should discuss the requirements for the endorsement with their advisor as soon as they are accepted into the program. If you have additional questions about program requirements, please contact Ted Neal (ted-neal@uiowa.edu) or Bobbie Bevins (bobbie-bevins@uiowa.edu).


Sample Course Sequence

36 Semester Hours (24 Month Program – August Start)

The following is an example of a course sequence in the online M.S. in STEM Education program. Course offerings in each session are subject to change based on various factors.

Sequence

Course Title

Start Date

End Date

1

STEM Research & Leadership Seminar (3hrs)

August

October

2

STEM Through Mathematical Modeling (3hrs)

October

December

 

Winter Break

   

3

Mathematics in Management & Society (3hrs)

January

March

 

Spring Break – Spring Break 2019 occurs during the second week of the second session.

   

4

STEM Experiential Learning (3hrs)

March

May

 

Early Summer Break

   

5

Issues in US Schools (3hrs)

June

August

6

Elective: Diversity and Identity in K-12 Schools (3hrs)

June

August

 

Late Summer Break

   

7

Physical Science in STEM Education (3hrs)

August

October

8

 

October

December

 

Winter Break

   

9

Elective: Technology Integration in K-12 Schools (3hrs)

January

March

 

Spring Break

   

10

STEM Independent Research – Phase II (3hrs)

March

May

 

Early Summer Break

   

11

STEM Extracurricular Experience & Capstone (6hrs)

June

July

Application and Admission

The admissions process is streamlined to allow busy professionals to advance their careers quickly.

admissions

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements for the Graduate College:

  •  Complete the online application. Note: We are transitioning some of our enrollment and admissions processes over the winter break period. For immediate questions please reach out to Anne Sparks at anne-sparks@uiowa.edu. Again, please be advised that due to the holiday season and our systems transition there may be a delay in response.
  •  A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited American college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Graduate Admissions. This transcript is not needed if this degree was conferred from the University of Iowa. Official transcripts can be received via post or email. Instructions for requesting official transcripts will be listed in MyUI after the application is submitted.
  •  A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  •  The Teaching and Learning Master of Science (M.S.) subprogram in STEM education preferred candidates have a degree in a science or math area, science or math education, a degree in elementary education with a science or math emphasis, or professional experience in these areas. Teaching licensure/certification is recommended for the M.S. degree and required if the candidate seeks the Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist Endorsement.
  •  Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for application review, but official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance to the program and before the student’s start date.
  •  An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to graduate programs at the University of Iowa. Students with an undergraduate GPA which is lower than 3.0 are not eligible for admission, but may be considered upon exception.
  •  International applicants must also:
    •  Take the TOEFL exam. Acceptable TOEFL score is a minimum of 600 (250 computer-based test or 81 internet-based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no sub score lower than 6.0).
    •  Pay a $100 application fee when submitting the online application.

Applicants seeking to transfer graduate credits (up to 12 semester credit hours) must also provide transcripts from those regionally accredited institutions. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for credit transfer review, but official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance to the program and before the student’s first start date. Transfer credit requests will be reviewed for approval by the program director and the faculty lead for the course being substituted. Candidates seeking transfer credits must provide a syllabus for the course(s) completed to be used for the course review process. Courses that can be considered for transfer are science and math education and electives. Decisions regarding application of transfer credits toward coursework will be made by the program.

A Quality, Affordable Education

The University of Iowa prides itself on offering a world-class education at an affordable rate. With tuition and fees among the lowest in the Big Ten, Iowa has been ranked a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 12 years in a row.

For more information on the funding options available and the application process, please contact the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid.

finance

M.S. STEM Education:

$595/Credit Hour

 

Fees for books and other course materials will vary by course. Note that tuition rates may change. Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $595.00 per credit hour, pending approval from the Board of Regents. The academic year begins August 2020.

 

Program costs also include an additional one-time $225 documents and records fee and a technology fee based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled each semester:

  • 9+ credit hours/semester: $253.50
  • 4-8 credit hours/semester: $190.25
  • 1-3 credit hours/semester: $126.75

To make higher education more accessible, Iowa offers various financial assistance options. The Office of Student Financial Aid is dedicated to helping students navigate the financial aid process and take advantage of the resources available to them, including:

Federal Stafford Loans: Online graduate students may qualify for subsidized and/or unsubsidized loans, which allow eligible students to borrow money to help cover tuition, living expenses, books, and other expenses.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: As a graduate student, you may be eligible for a Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan. This low-interest, credit-based federal loan provides funds to cover additional educational expenses not met by other types of aid.

Employer Tuition Support Plan: If your employer reimburses you for all or part of your tuition costs after the end of each semester, you may be eligible for tuition deferment, allowing you to pay for your tuition upon receipt of funds.

Degree-seeking graduate students must be enrolled at least half-time (five semester hours during the academic year), or three semester hours during the summer session to qualify for financial aid.

The University of Iowa is proud to serve our veteran students by providing the support services that ensure a clear path to academic and professional success. Recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly School, the University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows veterans pursuing a degree to qualify for additional support if they are eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

Our Military and Veteran Student Services staff are here to help you take advantage of VA education benefits, awards, grants and scholarships.

Contact Us

Program Questions

Ted Neal
Program Coordinator & Clinical Professor
ted-neal@uiowa.edu
(319) 335-5327

Admission & Application Questions

Anne Sparks
Office of Student Services Coordinator
anne-sparks@uiowa.edu
(319) 335-2146