K-12 educators and administrators in public, private or charter school environments who are interested in furthering their knowledge of STEM education.
What You'll Learn
- The connection between curriculum standards and STEM competencies
- Methods for generating interdisciplinary connections within the learning environment
- How to design lesson plans for underrepresented student groups
- Strategies for increasing persistence and building STEM identity within underrepresented groups
- Effective teaching practices within a STEM classroom
- Best practices for effective classroom management and the integration of technology
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- Valid California teaching credential
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
What is STEM? Learn to understand the connections between curriculum standards and STEM competencies. You will discuss the newest trends in today's classrooms and explore:
- Common Core State Standards
- Next Generation Science Standards
- English Language Development Standards
- problem-based learning
- problem solving
- critical thinking
You will learn how to make the interdisciplinary connections required for successful teaching in a 21st Century learning environment.
You will study and discuss research on the issues of underrepresented student populations in STEM fields. You will:
- learn to design lesson plans that address the needs of this specific audience
- cover strategies for increasing persistence among your students
- explore ways to build STEM identity among these underrepresented groups
Learn to develop effective teaching practices for STEM classrooms. You will:
- explore mathematics, science, and engineering teaching practices
- learn to identify STEM learning outcomes
- practice lesson design
- discuss instructional strategies for teaching ELLs and underrepresented student groups
- discover solid methods for increasing academic language
Best practices for student engagement and support, classroom management, and the integration and use of technology will also be presented.
A final project-based or performance-based assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of STEM education.
The assessment should highlight competencies related to your teaching practices in:
An assessment of the needs of underrepresented student groups will also be incorporated. May only be taken after all required and elective courses have been satisfactorily completed.
“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”
Dr. Sharon Duffy
UCR Extension Professional Studies
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