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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Program Objectives

Masters of Science

The objectives of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Master of Science program will allow students to do the following:

  1. Develop and exhibit a deep understanding of the:
    1. Theory and research on learning, development, and teaching; cognitive science; and the sociocultural foundations of education, both broadly and within their discipline
    2. Developmental, pedagogical, content specific, and sociocultural challenges inherent in teaching and learning
    3. Research methods and results appropriate for the development of studies that will contribute to new theoretical insights and practical approaches to education
    4. Knowledge and practices in their respective disciplines
  2. Develop abilities to:
    1. Express themselves and disseminate in effective ways, through different media, the results of their research (for example, orally, in writing, through video)
    2. Address questions of educational and social relevance grounded in disciplinary knowledge, where relevance refers both to the field at large and to students' particular professional experiences and interests
    3. Collaborate with others on joint research projects
    4. Situate their research within a global and international community
  3. Understand the importance of respecting the children, teachers, students, and educators with whom they work

Masters of Arts in Elementary STEM Education

The objectives of the Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Master of Arts in Teaching will allow students to do the following:

  1. Understand teaching as an intellectual, collegial, and rigorous profession.
  2. Reflect critically on classroom practice, student understandings, cognitive and social-emotional development, and teaching every student in elementary school classrooms
  3. Practice close attention and responsiveness to students' thinking and the practices of the STEM disciplines
  4. Develop a foundational understanding of how children learn to read and write, while considering multiple "literacies" that span STEM, ELA, social studies, and the arts
  5. Construct understandings of the role of schools in communities and societies, and examine urban schools as complex and dynamic places using social justice and equity perspectives

Doctor of Philosophy

The objectives of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy program will allow students to do the following:

  1. Develop and exhibit a deep understanding of the:
    1. Theory and research on learning, development, and teaching; cognitive science; and the sociocultural foundations of education, both broadly and within their discipline
    2. Developmental, pedagogical, content specific, and sociocultural challenges inherent in teaching and learning
    3. Research methods and results appropriate for the development of studies that will contribute to new theoretical insights and practical approaches to education
    4. Knowledge and practices in their respective disciplines
    5. Theory and research on learning and teaching in their disciplines
  2. Develop abilities to:
    1. Express themselves and disseminate effectively within professional research communities through oral presentations and manuscripts submitted for publication in peer-reviewed venues.
    2. Address questions of educational and social relevance grounded in disciplinary knowledge, where relevance refers both to the field at large and to students' particular professional experiences and interests
    3. Collaborate with others on joint research projects
    4. Situate their research within a global and international community
  3. Understand the importance of respecting the children, teachers, students, and educators with whom they work
  4. Build on the work of others and eventually contribute to the corpus of human knowledge and understanding in their fields
  5. Formulate researchable questions, design methods for addressing them, execute empirical studies, and validate conclusions