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

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MS - Instructional Specialist: Elementary STEM Concentration

Program Description

This 30-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.

This program does not lead to a teaching license.

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

ESU began offering the instructional specialist-elementary STEM concentration in Fall 2014. 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 Elementary STEM concentration, contact Dr. Tiffany Hill or Dr. Sara Schwerdtfeger at 620-341-5445.

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

Program of Study

Introductory Core Courses (15 hours)

EL 751

Application of Developmental Theories

3 hrs

EL 810

Information Literacy

3 hrs

EL 725

Differentiating Instruction

2 hrs

EL 854

Action Research in the Classroom

3 hrs

EL 828

Instructional Leadership and Coaching

2 hrs

EL 829

Leadership and Coaching Practicum

2 hrs

Elementary STEM Concentration (15 hours)

EL 803 Best Practices in Elementary Science 3 hrs
EL 726 Elementary Engineering and Robotics 3 hrs
EL 740 STEM Concepts Through Fiction and Non-Fiction 3 hrs
EL 784 Trends in Elementary STEM Education 3 hrs
EL 802 Best Practices in Elementary Mathematics 3 hrs



Admission and Retention Policies

Knowledge and compliance with the requirements for any graduate degree are primarily the responsibility of the candidate. Consequently, careful reading and study of the Graduate Policy Handbook should be a self-imposed prerequisite for all candidates applying for admission to graduate study. The Graduate Policy Handbook is available online.

Application for admission must be made on a form provided by the Graduate School. Official transcripts of all college credit must be supplied. (Transcripts must include the baccalaureate degree and all transfer credit that is to be applied to the master’s degree.)

Upon satisfactory completion of the graduate school and departmental admission requirements, the candidate will be admitted to the program of the degree being sought and will be assigned an advisor. Candidates shall continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better throughout their program.

How to Contact Us


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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