Online Master’s in STEM Education Curriculum
Through your coursework for the Online MS in STEM Education, you will develop the research and pedagogical competencies to teach the problem-solving and innovation skills your students need to succeed in today’s world. Our carefully designed course mix also provides an understanding of current cultural and educational topics, timely instruction on science and math subjects, and ample opportunities for independent research and experience. The 8-week courses and sequencing offer maximum flexibility to earn your degree without sacrificing other commitments.
Core Courses (3 semester hours unless otherwise indicated)
The core requirements for the STEM Education MS consist of:
- 15 semester hours on STEM pedagogy, including
- 6 semester hours of independent research
- 3 semester hours on issues in U.S. schools
- 6 semester hours of extracurricular experience and capstone
While most students take the 6-semester-hour capstone course in the summer, you can arrange an alternative with your advisor if needed.
EDTL 6761 STEM Research and Leadership Seminar
EDTL 6563 STEM Through Mathematical Modeling
EDTL 6762 STEM Experiential Learning
EDTL 6764 STEM Extracurricular Experience and Capstone (6 s.h.)
EDTL 5095 Issues in U.S. Schools
EDTL 6765 STEM Independent Research
Complete the 36 semester hours required for your master’s degree by choosing two courses from each of the Math and Science Electives and the Additional Electives for a total of 12 semester hours.
Math and Science Electives (3 semester hours unless otherwise indicated.)
The degree requirements include six elective semester hours on math and science education subjects. Choose two courses from the following to fulfill this requirement.
EDTL 4565 Math in Management & Social Sciences
EDTL 6766 Physical Science in STEM Education
EDTL 6767 Systems Thinking in Biology & STEM Education
EDTL 4768 Computer Science Methods
Additional Electives (3 semester hours unless otherwise indicated.)
Choose two courses from the list below to satisfy the requirement for six semester hours of additional electives. Other elective courses may be available; consult your advisor for updated information.
EDTL 5085-OEXW Generation Innovation: Technology Integration in 21st Century K-12 Schools
EDTL 5090-OEXW Diversity and Identity in K-12 Schools
PSQF 4143-0EXW Introduction to Statistical Methods
Additional Externship Opportunity for Iowa Teachers
University of Iowa faculty members Ted Neal and Leslie Flynn are mentors for the STEM Teacher Externship Program, which has placed more than 700 teachers in Iowa workplaces since 2009. The program offers participating teachers:
- Up to 3 graduate credits
- A stipend of up to $5,000
- Important industry connections
- Workplace experience with the latest applications
Talk with an admissions outreach advisor for more information.
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