In the words of Irish poet William Butler Yeats, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Parents and teachers alike recognize those moments when children catch that fire for knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering and math — the four STEM subjects.
This growing demand for STEM education is being fueled by the growing number of STEM-related jobs, paying nearly double what non-STEM jobs pay. ID Tech reports that STEM jobs are projected to grow by 13% between now and 2027.
To meet the demand for STEM-educated workers, STEM-related education programs must be increased, which, in turn, requires more STEM-qualified teachers. To become STEM-qualified, educators are looking for programs to prepare them for leadership roles as STEM teachers or curriculum specialists working in both PK-20 and informal education systems.
SOU Has the STEM Master’s Program You Need
Southern Oregon University offers a fully online program for educators who want to pursue a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction in STEM education.
SOU’s program explores up-to-date methods and issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. By maintaining close connections with regional organizations and employers, SOU can ensure that the curriculum stays relevant and is aligned with the current needs and opportunities for educators.
In addition to having an accelerated schedule and the convenience of an online format, the tuition is affordable and the program is TEACH grant eligible for those who plan to teach in this high-need field in a low-income area.
Courses in the MSE C&I in STEM Education Online Program
To earn this master’s degree, you must complete eleven seven-week-long courses, for a total of 45 credit hours, divided into two categories.
The topics explored in four of the core courses include ethics, philosophy, leadership, research, cultural responsiveness and diversity, learning theory, curriculum design, and instructional practices.
Another course will guide you as you develop your master’s proposal to be completed in the master’s project course. The combination of the proposal and project provides opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to a concentration area. The project must demonstrate evidence of scholarly study, writing, leadership, and contribute to the field of education.
The five C&I in STEM education courses that focus on issues related to the inclusion of students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, skills, strengths and special needs include:
- Current Issues and Methods in STEM Education
- Introduction to Career and Technical Education
- Project-Based Learning
- Science and the Young Child
- Trends and Issues in Environmental Education.
These topics will provide instructional practices you need to address challenges and opportunities in STEM education