Integrated STEM Instructional Leadership Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Program Director: Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue 
410-704-4598

This 18-unit, part-time Post- Baccalaureate Certificate program prepares educational professionals in PreK-6 school settings to become instructional leaders in integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Teachers who graduate from the program will develop an understanding of: STEM subject content and practices, integrated STEM (iSTEM) instructional approaches, and skills and habits of mind essential to effective engagement in iSTEM. Further, they will be able to:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate existing STEM or iSTEM curricula and design or redesign high-quality iSTEM curricula

  • Plan, teach, assess and reflect upon iSTEM lessons or units taught to students

  • Plan, deliver, assess and reflect upon iSTEM professional learning experiences for other teachers or administrators

The program engages its participants in instruction that: supports state standards relevant to iSTEM and individual STEM subject areas; is inquiry-, problem-, and project-based; is highly collaborative and interactive; and is connected to the schools and districts in which the participants work. This program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for those seeking the Instructional Leader: STEM (PreK– 6) endorsement.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university**.
  •  An overall minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full admission into the program, and a 2.80 GPA for conditional admission based on the last   60 units of total undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience (as indicated on your resumé)
  • Must be currently employed as a teacher or other educational professional working in a PreK-6 school or educational setting (or permission from program director).

To apply, complete an online application. The following additional information will be requested as part of that application:

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic background, professional experience and/or personal qualities. One letter must be from a school administrator or supervisor. (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on the application.)
  • A one page personal statement indicating why you are interested in pursuing graduate study in this iSTEM Instructional Leadership program. The statement should include not only a commitment to iSTEM education for all PreK-6 students, but also a desire to be a leader in PreK-6 iSTEM education.
  • A resumé detailing: your current employment and career history as an educational professional serving PreK-6 students; any teaching experience or educational outreach related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics; and (if applicable) any teaching or administrative certification(s) or endorsement(s) you hold.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Certificate Requirements

BIOL 651ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE IN INTEGRATED STEM EDUCATION3
ILPD 742TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT3
MATH 527READINGS IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER1-3
SCIE 650ENGINEERING IN INTEGRATED STEM EDUCATION3
SCIE 652EARTH-SPACE & PHYSICAL SCIENCE IN INTEGRATED STEM EDUCATION3
SCIE 685PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED STEM EDUCATION3

Course Sequence

First Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SCIE 6503BIOL 6513
 3 3
Second Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MATH 5273SCIE 6523
 3 3
Third Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ILPD 7423SCIE 6853
 3 3
Total Units: 18