Department of
Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Instructional Specialist Program

Elementary STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Concentration

This 35-credit hour online program is intended for the licensed* K-6 teacher interested in STEM. It is designed to provide the graduate student with coursework including educational foundations and all areas of STEM, with opportunities for customization of the program through STEM electives.

Graduates from this program will develop their:

  • content knowledge in STEM fields for grades K-6
  • awareness of current trends and opportunities in STEM fields for grades K-6
  • teaching skills in STEM fields that engage students in investigation and critical thinking
  • coaching and leadership skills in order to support teachers

* This program does not lead to a teaching license.

In Fall 2014, ESU began offering the instructional specialist-elementary STEM concentration. While the position of STEM education coordinator did not exist until recently, they are now hired by schools, universities, companies, and not-for-profits. 

To learn more about the STEM concentration, contact Matt Seimears at 620-341-5445.

The STEM concentration is also available in Olathe to Olathe teachers. Please contact Ann Addison, 913-780-7006, to learn more.


Program of Study

Introductory Core Courses (17 hours)

EL 751

Applications of Developmental Theories

3 hrs

EL 810

Information Literacy

3 hrs

EL 725

Differentiating Instruction

2 hrs

EL 828

Instructional Leadership and Coaching

2 hrs

ED/EL 892

Teaching/Learning Models

3 hrs

ER 752

Analysis of Research

3 hrs

EL 829

Leadership and Coaching Practicum

1 hr

Elementary STEM Concentration (12 hours)

EL 803 Best Practices in Elementary Science 3 hrs
IT 727 Integrating Educational Technology in Teaching 3 hrs
EL 726 Elementary Engineering and Robotics 3 hrs
EL 802 Best Practices in Elementary Mathematics 3 hrs

Electives (6 hours)

May take electives from current elementary education, math, science, technology, and literacy classes with advisor approval.

6 hrs