STEM Integration for PreK-6

Investigate the impact of STEM education in order to develop and deliver effective STEM lessons and share this information with others to expand STEM methods in your school or school district.

Course Description

In this course you will discover how STEM education is impacting learning in K-12 classrooms. You will expand your knowledge of how science, technology, engineering, and math can be taught in exciting, exploratory ways.  Unlike traditional math and science lessons, STEM lessons are often open-ended activities where students collaborate to design or develop systems to solve problems with real-life applications. 

STEM lessons are numerous and readily available, however, not all STEM lessons are created equal.  As you grow your knowledge of STEM education through this course, you will be able to select or create high quality STEM lessons.  As a culminating activity, you will create a presentation to showcase the benefits of STEM, share a lesson you have prepared and taught, and teach other stakeholders in your community why students should engage in STEM education and how to implement it.

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Duration

Approximately 30 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Cost

$400

Ways to Learn

Online

Credit

2 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Authentic assessments    |    Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Identify the rationale for STEM/STEAM education in K-12 classrooms
  • Identify how Project Based Learning can be considered an extension of STEM learning
  • Analyze a STEM lesson in comparison to a traditional math or science lesson and in relation to the Next Generation Science standards
  • Evaluate possible STEM lessons for their effectiveness in teaching science,technology, engineering, and math
  • Adapt or design a STEM/STEAM lesson for use in a PreK-6 classroom which incorporates procedures to ensure strong classroom management and lesson delivery


Course Topics:

  • The Rationale for STEM Learning in the K-12 Education System
  • Project-Based Learning and its Similarities to STEM Education
  • Aligning STEM to the Standards
  • Determining Quality STEM Lesson Materials

  • Planning for Implementation – Adapt or Design a STEM Lesson
  • Teaching your STEM Lesson and Collecting Artifacts
  • Planning the Presentation



Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-6 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Para-educators    

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.



Resources

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Syllabus

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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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