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Certificate - Elementary STEM Education

Elementary STEM Education Certificate

If you want to bring hands-on, engaging STEM instruction into your elementary classroom, while at the same time increasing your own content knowledge, consider our certificate program. This 12-hour program is for classroom teachers and teacher leaders who desire enhanced knowledge of STEM education in elementary and middle schools and is appropriate for educators who already have a master’s degree or those who have not yet begun a master’s program.

Robots and drones are just the beginning. If you want to bring hands-on, engaging STEM instruction into your elementary classroom, while at the same time increasing your own content knowledge, consider our new certificate program. This 12-hour program is for classroom teachers and teacher leaders who desire enhanced knowledge of STEM education in elementary and middle schools and is appropriate for educators who already have a master’s degree or those who have not yet begun a master’s program.

  • Fully online, 12-hour program with entry points each semester (fall, spring, summer)
  • Can be completed in three or four semesters
  • Make connections with educators across the state and nation
  • Credits may be applied toward graduate degree programs in various departments of The Teachers College pending advisor approval

Total required hours: 12 hours

EL726 Elementary Engineering and Robotics (3 hrs)

This online course engages students in sequential scientific discussion activities that will increase your competence in (1) problem-solving process skills in engineering and robotics and (2) planning, teaching, and evaluating the effectiveness of science lessons for children in the elementary school setting. The course is designed on a competency-based, mastery model. Throughout the course, students practice using logic, cognitive processing skills, and strategies from recently developed activity based K-8 science curricula including strategies for enriching a more conventional, textbook-oriented curriculum.

EL784 Trends in Elementary STEM Education (3 hrs)

This course is designed to develop the educators’ knowledge and skills in appropriate research techniques and topics in elementary STEM education. Students will develop a research project that will be implemented in their school/classroom. Students will produce a research proposal and then complete a final paper that reports the outcome of the research.

EL802 Best Practice in Elementary Mathematics (3 hrs)

This course is designed to develop prospective and in-service elementary teachers' knowledge and skill in teaching mathematics. Course focus will include relevant research and standards, applicable to the effective teaching of mathematics content to elementary school students. Concepts and material developed in the class will be related to actual classroom situations.

EL803 Best Practice in Elementary Science (3 hrs)

This course is designed to develop prospective and in-service elementary teachers’ knowledge and skills in teaching problem solving and inquiry based science. Course focus will include relevant research and standards, including STEM integration, to the effective teaching of elementary science content. Concepts and material developed in the class will be related to actual classroom situations.

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Dr. Tiffany Hill, Assistant Professor

Dr. Sara Schwerdtfeger, Assistant Professor


MAILING ADDRESS:

Department of
Elementary Education/Early Childhood/
Special Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Department of
Elementary Education/Early Childhood/
Special Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 2nd Floor
Main Office, Rm 241