STEM Education

Professional Certificate in STEM Education

Professional Certificate in STEM Education

Online Program


12-24 months



STEM is the wave of the future; advances in science, engineering and technology are what keep the United States in the forefront as a global leader. Enroll in our program and deepen your understanding of STEM education while helping to increase access and equity to these content areas.

Career options within STEM fields are plentiful, and school districts in particular, are constantly seeking teachers qualified in science and math competencies. Strengthen your teaching practice to include strategies for building a fully integrated classroom which connects state standards to the STEM areas while refreshing your skills in lesson planning and increasing academic language among underrepresented students. Take charge as a leader in the classroom and help build the next generation of STEM pioneers.


We are no longer accepting applications for this program. This page is for informational purposes only.

Designed For

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.

Program Overview


12 Units


4 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“Informative, relevant and support are just a few words which come to mind when describing my experience with the instructors of UCR Extension's programs in Education. Many of my lessons have found ways into my personal classroom curriculum, and through collaborative conferencing with peer-to-peer sharing within my district.”

Yumi Soares

Computer Literacy Teacher
Modesto City Schools
Modesto, CA

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

Certificate Courses

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.

Quarter 1

Introduction to STEM Education

EDUC X421.01

4 units

Quarter 2

Access and Equity in STEM Education

EDUC X421.02

3 units

Quarter 3

Instructional Strategies for Teaching STEM

EDUC X421.03

4 units

Quarter 4


Quarter 5

STEM Education Capstone

EDUC X421.04

1 unit

Instructor Spotlight

“We recognize how valuable time is for teachers, and we understand the needs of non-traditional learners, so we strive to design our programs and schedule our courses with a work, life, and learning balance in mind. Whether you want to add a credential, enhance your skills, complete a professional certificate, or get started on a Master's degree, we have what you need.”

Annette Webb

Associate Dean of Academic Programs
UCR Extension

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