Online M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in STEM

The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with STEM emphasis program develops and applies STEM knowledge for practice in two domains: research based best practices and practical application and leadership skills.  Research-based content themes and theory are integrated with practice with emphasis on application of knowledge base. Students who complete the program will graduate with an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction.

Primary Career Intention

Curricular leadership in educational institutions or related organizations (e.g., educational specialist in a STEM Field, curriculum director, dean of instruction, STEM supervisor).

M.Ed. Degree Objective

Preparation of professional leaders competent in identifying and solving complex curriculum problems in STEM education.  Emphasis is on developing thoughtful and reflective practitioners.

STEM Certificate

The Texas A&M Graduate STEM Certificate provides teacher-practitioners specializing in grades 6-12 with an opportunity to expand their skills and methods for engaging students in rich, powerful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning experiences in a cutting-edge online environment. The 12-credit hour online certificate focuses on topics of importance to teachers and districts within a high-impact, two-semester timeline.

The STEM Certificate is comprised of four courses with two courses offered in the summer and two offered the following fall. This program is unique because it offers the flexibility for students to continue their studies beyond the 12-credit hour STEM Certificate and apply to pursue a M.Ed. online where each credit earned from the STEM Certificate can be applied towards your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. The deadline for applications is March 1st 2018.

Required Core Courses    
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDCI 602 Cultural Foundations of Education 3
EDCI 644 Curriculum Development 3
EDCI 673 Analysis of Teaching Behavior 3
EDCI 634 Reflective Inquiry (must be taken during final semester) 3
  Total 12
Departmental Required Electives    
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDCI 620 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching and Learning 3
EDCI 720+ ENGR Design for School Teaching and Learning
EDCI 721+ How People Learn STEM 3
EDCI 723+ Developing Students’ Disciplinary Language and Reading in STEM 3
EDCI 726 History and Trends in STEM Education 3
EDCI 627 Teaching and Learning Data Analysis and Uncertainty Concepts 3
EDCI 722* Microcontrollers for Educators 3
EDCI 724* Science/Mathematics in Engineering-Physics Based 3
  Total number of required elective hours 24
  Total number of hours for degree 36
*Currently being developed/undergoing approval process
+Required courses for the STEM certificate
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To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the TLAC department and Texas A&M University. Deadline for applications to the next M.Ed. online program with STEM emphasis is March 1, 2018.

Essay topics are included below for your planning purposes; however, final submissions must be included in the Applicant Information System (AIS) as one document to be considered. Emailed or mailed essays will not be accepted. You will also need to submit your vita, which includes your education, job experience, and any professional presentations, publications, grants, professional certifications/licenses held and participation in professional organizations.  Essays must be written with appropriate APA formatting and citations. 

1.     Successful applicants to this program indicate a reason matched to a need for earning this professional certificate. Explain your views regarding the match you see between your reason for wanting to earn your STEM Certificate and the need for earning one (1000 word limit)

2.     Successful applicants to this program come with a set of professional and educational experiences that "set the stage" for learning. OUR GOAL is that your learning in the certificate program will advance your own career goals and will contribute to the learning of your students and to peer faculty members at your school. Describe your professional and educational expertise that you bring with you to the STEM Certificate at Texas A&M University and your goals that you will have achieved when you are finished. (1000 word limit)

3.     In dealing with humans we all experience time commitment issues and barriers we need to recognize, plan for and address. Describe your barriers to participating in a certificate program where you will participate in two graduate level courses during the first summer and two courses during the falls semester and how you will overcome each. (1000 word limit)

  • Apply Texas Application 

  • The GRE is not required for admission into the Online M.Ed. STEM program. Students who complete the certificate and wish to continue on to the master’s program will be asked to take the GRE during the second or third semester of the program. The scores are used for benchmarking purposes only. The STEM certificate does not require the GRE. 

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