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Advancing K-12 STEM Master Teacher Leadership (Basic) - Graduate Certificate

Advancing K-12 STEM Master Teacher Leadership (Basic) Graduate Certificate Description

This graduate certificate will focus on the development of K-12 STEM teacher leaders through experiences in exploring standards, curriculum reform, emergent pedagogies and assessment tools and communities of practice (e.g., professional learning communities, instructional coaching, community-based advocacy, and mentoring). Graduates of this certificate will be able to advocate for stronger (more equitable) learning spaces in K-12 STEM education. The objectives of the graduate certificate will:

  1. Examine the alignment between standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in STEM education and coherently share the alignment with school and district community.
  2. Develop, apply, and distribute leadership skills in school and district communities through salient actions of advocacy within STEM education.
  3. Mentor and support pre-service and in-service STEM teachers.

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Who may apply for the Advancing K-12 STEM Master Teacher Leadership (Basic) Graduate Certificate?

This graduate certificate is an excellent opportunity for any in-service STEM teacher leader or STEM educator leader (e.g., instructional coaches, curriculum directors, PD providers, Education Service Center staff) to foster and amplify their skills in curriculum, instruction, assessment, leadership, advocacy, and mentorship to develop and support themselves and others as STEM teacher leaders. 

What are the requirements for the program?

To complete this graduate certificate program, students must take 15 credit hours (5 courses) from the following graduate-level course list: 

  1. ESTM 5376 – Teacher Leadership and Advocacy in STEM Education
  2. ESTM 5371 – Curriculum & Instruction in STEM Education
  3. ESTM 5372 – Standards and Assessment in STEM Education
  4. EDCI 5312 – Collaborative Communities in Mentoring
  5. EDCI 5309 – Mentoring Models for New Professionals

In which semester does the program start?

A new cohort will begin each Fall semester and can be completed by the following summer semester. See the timeline below for the graduate certificate program.

  • Fall Semester: ESTM 5376 and ESTM 5371
  • Spring Semester: ESTM 5372 and EDCI 5312
  • Summer Semester: EDCI 5309

Earn Credit Towards a Master's Degree

If you would like to pursue your Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in STEM Education, the courses in this graduate certificate will count towards the 12.0 required hours of the STEM education concentration (ESTM 5371, ESTM 5372, ESTM 5376) and 9.0 elective hours (EDCI 5309, and EDCI 5312).

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Transcripts from degree-awarding institutions
  • Application fee

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Financial Aid

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Dr. Gina Childers – Program Coordinator of the STEM Education Track in the TTU Curriculum & Instruction Department.