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Bethel's STEM concentration provides the fundamental skills for elementary teachers in teaching STEM in the classroom and managing science, math, and related curriculum across the district. You'll learn to engage your classroom through creative, hands-on learning activities and become a teacher-leader in STEM instruction.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Start Dates: Summer 2017

Total Credits


Approximate Program Length

17 months (plus thesis)


  • Teacher as Leader (EDUC606)

    Focus is on the centrality of the teacher in the educational process. Examination of a variety of informal and formal ways in which teachers are leaders. Provision of a framework for thoughtful interaction with the changing image of teachers and the challenges of teacher leadership. The format for examining teaching in this light incorporates encounters with autobiography, critical reflection, and large and small group conversation.

    3 credits

  • Educational Research (EDUC614)

    Focus is on understanding and reporting educational and psychological research. Students will conduct online computer searches, appraise the quality of professional literature, cite research using APA style, and understand the options of writing a master's thesis or conducting an action research project.

    1 credits

  • Improving Instruction (EDUC616)

    Emphasis is on teaching strategies that will build on the experience of practicing teachers. Examination of a rich variety of approaches to instruction, along with supporting research. Provision of tools to analyze and incorporate the best of the newly emerging teaching methodologies. Particular attention is paid to the characteristics of an effective learning environment, as well as the understanding that how teaching is conducted has an enormous impact on students' ability to educate themselves. Models of teaching are really models of learning. The intent is to impart a renewed sense of the intellectual zest inherent in the craft of teaching and to make each model a potential part of a teacher's repertoire.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Differentiation and Responsive Teaching (EDUC730)

    Overview of the theory and research of differentiated instruction as a model for acquiring content, in processing ideas and in developing products to effectively address varying student needs in the K-12 classroom. Focus is on instructional strategies and the practical application of differentiation in the teacher-student's classroom. Meeting the needs of students with disabilities will be emphasized.

    3 credits

  • Responsive Pedagogy for English Language Learners (EDUC731)

    An overview of second language acquisition theories as the foundation for understanding learning processes of a second language learner. Focus is on differentiation for language proficiency levels and levels of former schooling while keeping the rigor of the grade-level content. Strategies for intentional academic language teaching within each content area will drive the lesson planning approach in this course. Crucial factors that influence the acquisition of the second language such as linguistic and cultural identity negotiation will also be addressed.

    3 credits

  • Culturally Responsive Instruction (EDUC732)

    Through stories, students will examine multicultural research, theory and practice. Students will explore their role as teacher in a culturally changing learning environment as they develop instructional strategies based on research-based best practice to become culturally responsive practitioners.

    3 credits

  • Exploring STEM Practices (EDUC740)

    Introduction to the practices of STEM: asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

    4 credits

  • Applied STEM in the Classroom (EDUC741)

    Students explore the nature of science and engineering, scientific argumentation, and mathematical reasoning to solve authentic problems through chemical, mechanical, and electrical applications. Classroom lesson segments are developed for STEM in the classroom utilizing technological applications.

    3 credits

  • STEM Curriculum and Instruction (EDUC742)

    STEM Curriculum and Assessment draws the prior two STEM Certificate courses to design, test, and implement a STEM learning segment. Learning progressions in STEM will be examined, as well as appropriate formative and summative assessment aligning Backward Design and GRASP assessments to grade level expectations.

    3 credits

  • Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC755)

    Assists students in preparing their master's thesis or conducting an action research project. Focus is on the design process and includes the following topics: information on the nature and scope of the master's thesis/action research project; selection and refinement of topic; APA style; and the oral examination process.

    1 credits

  • Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC790)

    Exploration of a significant educational issue relevant to the student's professional involvement through an independent, individually supervised thesis or project.

    3 credits

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