Texas Tech University

K-12 STEM Education Advocacy Research (Advanced) - Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate Program Description

This graduate certificate will focus on the structures and policies that dictate K-12 STEM education and how to lead in fostering change to systemically improve K-12 STEM education. Graduates of this certificate will learn about K-12 STEM education policy, develop and implement interventions, and research the efficacy of the implemented interventions to impact STEM education at scale. The objectives of the graduate certificate will be to prepare community-engaged STEM education researchers to navigate political and policy systems of K-12 STEM education by addressing the following:

  1. Explore the historical trends of education policy with a focus on STEM.
  2. Develop, implement, and research a community-based scholarship intervention.
  3. Generate new knowledge about policy design and implementation. 
  4. Analyze policy and assessment implications in STEM education.

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Who may apply for the Graduate Certificate in K-12 STEM Education Advocacy Research?

This graduate certificate is an excellent opportunity for any doctorate level student who wants to address issues of STEM education advocacy and policy through research and community-based scholarship – especially prospective students who are working or plan to work in and/or for district/state-level leadership, non-profit organizations, policymakers, and government agencies (e.g., NASA, DOD).

What are the requirements for the program?

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

  • ESTM 6371 – Effective Policy Advocacy in STEM Education
  • ESTM 6380 – Advanced Practicum in STEM Education
  • EDLD 6001 – Education Policy Communication
  • ESTM 6374 – STEM Education Assessment, Policy, and Practice 
  • ESTM 6375 – Professional Development in STEM Education

Earn Credit Towards a Doctoral Degree

If you would like to pursue a doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction, the courses in this graduate certificate will count towards those requirements. Contact Dr. Gina Childers for details.

In which semester does the program start?

There is continuous, open enrollment for the program – you may enroll in Fall, Spring, or Summer.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts from degree-awarding institutions
  • Application Fee

Visit the Graduate Application Process page for more information.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the office of graduate education and research in the College of Education. Visit the Financial Aid page for more information.

Tuition & Fees

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