STEM Education (Graduate Certificate)

STEM Education (Graduate Certificate)

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Prepare to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts into your lesson plans for the P-6 classroom as you pursue the graduate certificate in STEM Education. You will gain in-depth content knowledge and pedagogy through the integration of technology in this multi-disciplinary program. You will learn using custom iPad applications that you can take back to your own classroom. You will gain experience in how to incorporate STEM concepts into early childhood, elementary and special education classrooms to improve student learning.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates of the program earn their Project Lead the Way teacher certificate.
  • A teaching license is not required.
  • The program is 18 credits.
  • Designed for working professionals with evening and summer classes available remotely to students via Adobe Connect
  • Pairs well with the Curriculum and Instruction master’s program.
  • Site-specific cohort options are available for teachers from Central Minnesota districts looking to participate in the program together.

Program Distinctions

  • Faculty are mentors and trainers for Minnesota Project Lead the Way, a program that provides innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs for K-12 schools.
  • Uses laboratories and classrooms in the new $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
  • The Teacher Preparation Initiative, supported by a Bush Foundation grant, advises, prepares and supports teacher candidates from enrollment through the first three years of their first teaching position.
  • A full-sized planetarium in remodeled Robert H. Wick Science building. 

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Aug. 1 N/A N/A
Spring Nov. 15 N/A N/A
Summer May 1 N/A N/A

Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.

Applicants to this program must complete and attach the Gainful Employment Acknowledgement form as a part of their application for admission.

STEM Education (Graduate Certificate)

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Melissa Hanzsek-Brill

Popular Careers

  • Pre-K teacher
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Elementary teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • STEM coach
  • Math and science coach

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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