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STEM Certification offered at VCSU

 
 
 

STEM Education Certificate - Undergraduate Offerings

Must take a total of 12 credits to be eligible for certification.

 
Elementary Education Option:

Required Courses 3 Hours

STEMED 355 STEM CURRICULUM AND METHODS 3 Hours
Foundational course for fully implementing effective elementary-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. Reviews and explores current trends in STEM Education; standards-based education and backward design; integration of content; evolution, philosophy, purpose, methods, and standards of STEM disciplines; and trans-disciplinary methods for successfully engaging students and achieving STEM literacy. (Spring)

Electives 9 Hours


STEMED 342 BUILDING MATH 3 Hours
This course focuses on hands-on trans-disciplinary investigations integrated with project-based engineering design activities. It emphasizes algebraic thinking skills through the collection and analysis of data to solve real problems. Students develop abilities to apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and the use of the engineering design process. (Fall)

STEMED 306 & 306L INVENTIONS & INNOVATIONS-Technology Education for Children 3 Hours
The course focuses on innovation while providing tools and methods, including student-centered cooperative and project-based learning, to empower the prospective teacher to use technology and engineering as the integrators for providing trans-disciplinary STEM Education in the elementary self-contained classroom. (Fall)

STEMED 310 & 310L DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING FOR CHILDREN 3 Hours
The course focuses on the engineering design process while providing tools and methods, including student-centered cooperative and project-based learning, which will expand the range and trans-disciplinary nature of activities possible in the elementary classroom through the use of technology and engineering. (Spring)


Secondary Education Option:

Required Courses 3 Hours

STEMED 411 CURRICULUM & METHODS 3 Hours
Course covers the history and evolution of Technology and Engineering Education from the 19th century to present, including the standards and STEM Education movements. Methods and management techniques appropriate to the middle school and high school technology and engineering education laboratory are studied including the management of student organizations. (Fall)

Electives 9 Hours

STEMED 342 BUILDING MATH 3 Hours
This course focuses on hands-on trans-disciplinary investigations integrated with project-based engineering design activities. It emphasizes algebraic thinking skills through the collection and analysis of data to solve real problems. Students develop abilities to apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and the use of the engineering design process. (Fall)

STEMED 331 & 331L INNOVATION & ENGINEERING DESIGN 3 Hours
Course prepares prospective teachers to teach a middle school course emphasizing engineering design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Brainstorming, visualizing modeling, constructing, testing and refining designs will be studied. (Fall)

STEMED 431 & 431L DESIGN FOR ENGINEERING 3 Hours
Course provides an orientation and exposure to the careers and challenges of engineering. Major engineering concepts included are modeling, systems, optimization, technology-society interaction, design and ethics. (Fall)

STEMED 450 ENGINEERING THE FUTURE 3 Hours
This course focuses on a strong foundation in Physics, the Engineering Design Process, and the opportunity to explore the social, historical, and environmental contexts of emerging technologies. Students develop a practical understanding of influences of society on future technological development. (Spring)
 

STEM Education Certificate - Graduate Offerings

Elementary Education Option:

Required Courses 3 Hours

STEMED 655 STEM CURRICULUM AND METHODS-Elementary 3 Hours
Foundational course for fully implementing effective elementary-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. Reviews and explores current trends in STEM Education; standards-based education and backward design; integration of content; evolution, philosophy, purpose, methods, and standards of STEM disciplines; and interdisciplinary methods for successfully engaging students and achieving STEM literacy. (Fall)

Electives 9 Hours

STEMED 665 INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS 3 Hours
Emphasizes concepts related to engineering design as well as concepts surrounding inventions and innovations. Covers the standards, benchmarks, content and techniques necessary to successfully teach a recommended core course at the middle school level. Utilizes the course guide produced by the International Technology Education Association Center for the Advancement of Teaching Technology and Science (CATTS) and includes laboratory activities. (Summer)

STEMED 670 DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, AND ENGINEERING FOR CHILDREN 3 Hours
Emphasizes the creation of standards-based thematic units at the elementary level. The engineering design process is used to integrate science, math and other subjects thus expanding the range of activities possible in the self contained elementary classroom. Technological literacy is a primary goal of the course, while integrating content using a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) approach. (Spring)

STEMED 680 BUILDING MATH 3 Hours
Emphasizes hands-on investigations integrating engineering design activities. Algebraic thinking skills are developed through the collection and analysis of data to solve real problems. Students develop abilities to apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and the use of the engineering design process. Suitable for the middle school level. Teachers will learn how to create standards-based materials integrating the design process as well as science and math practices. (Summer)

Secondary Education Option:

Required Courses 3 Hours

STEMED 650 STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM & METHODS 3 Hours
Provides a thorough review of content standards (Standards for Technological Literacy), and program standards for technology education (Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy). Trans-disciplinary standards-based curriculum development and methods as well as laboratory management, safety issues and student organizations are covered. A field experience is required. (Fall)

Electives 9 Hours

STEMED 660 DESIGN FOR ENGINEERING 3 Hours
Emphasizes concepts related to engineering design, a cornerstone of the standards- based approach to technology education. Covers the standards, benchmarks, content and techniques necessary to successfully teach a recommended core course at the secondary level. Utilizes the course guide produced by the International Technology Education Association Center for the Advancement of Teaching Technology and Science (CATTS) and includes hands-on trans-disciplinary laboratory activities. (Fall)

STEMED 665 INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS 3 Hours
Emphasizes concepts related to engineering design as well as concepts surrounding inventions and innovations. Covers the standards, benchmarks, content and techniques necessary to successfully teach a recommended core course at the middle school level. Utilizes the course guide produced by the International Technology Education Association Center for the Advancement of Teaching Technology and Science (CATTS) and includes laboratory activities. (Summer)

STEMED 680 BUILDING MATH 3 Hours
Emphasizes hands-on investigations integrating engineering design activities. Algebraic thinking skills are developed through the collection and analysis of data to solve real problems. Students develop abilities to apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and the use of the engineering design process. Suitable for the middle school level. Teachers will learn how to create standards-based materials integrating the design process as well as science and math practices. (Alternate Summers)

STEMED 682 ENGINEERING THE FUTURE 3 Hours
Emphasizes concepts in physics, mathematics, and the engineering design process and offers students hands-on opportunities to explore the social, historical, and environmental contexts of emerging technologies. Appropriate for the secondary level. Teachers will learn how to create standards-based materials integrating the design process as well as science and math practices. (Alternate Summers)
Office Information
David DeMuth Jr., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: 701-845-7437 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37437
Email: david.demuth@vcsu.edu

Gary Ketterling, Ph.D.
STEM Education Coordinator
Phone: 701-845-7446 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37446
Email: gary.ketterling@vcsu.edu

Teresa Cole
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 701-845-7441 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37441
Email:teresa.cole@vcsu.edu
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