NJCU STEM Certificate Program

STEM Certification

The NJCU STEM Certificate Program for K-12 Educators has now been added to the College of Education's award-winning Educational Technology program.

Program Overview

The STEM Certificate is a rigorous, online, four-course, blended learning program that provides K-12 educators in all disciplines including the arts and humanities, school leaders and librarians, with both the foundational STEM pedagogy, and the hands-on experience to be successful integrating STEM in their classrooms and schools.

The Certificate is delivered as a fully online, facilitated program with a required two-day active learning virtual lab experience. The four courses are offered in two 7-week sessions each semester. Students may opt to take one or all courses in each semester.

Students will have the option to complete the STEM Certificate for graduate credit or as noncredit through the Division of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning. Students who opt to register for courses for graduate credit will be offered the opportunity for those classes, 12 credits, to be applied toward the 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology or a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology with School Library Media Specialist certification.

If you are already enrolled in either MA program and would like to earn the STEM Certificate, please contact your advisor. You do not have to be enrolled in the STEM Certificate program to enroll in these classes. All Ed Tech students may register for these classes.

Student Learning Goals

Students will gain knowledge of STEM Education concepts including legal and pedagogical issues, larger trends in culture, society and technology to educational practice and evaluation of technology to promote literacy, inquiry and critical consciousness by taking four courses offered by the College of Education:

  • Using The Internet in Education (EDTC 621)
  • Using Integrated Software Across the Curriculum (EDTC 625)
  • Introduction to Authoring Tools (EDTC 642)
  • STEM Foundations: Rethink Learning (EDTC 645)
  • Student Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate broad knowledge of research-based STEM Education concepts.

    This includes the ability to integrate learning theories, emerging technologies, and professional standards that support the STEM approach. Students will differentiate when to use STEM practices to design authentic and rigorous learning experiences that develop and strengthen cognitive skills.

    Demonstrate knowledge to design meaningful learning experiences using various planning models and evaluate student learning data to inform STEM instruction.

    This includes developing routines, norms, and attitudes necessary to successfully and seamlessly integrate STEM into learning experiences and the ability to differentiate and design multiple resources to make learning more accessible to all learners and prepare them for them 21st century workplace.

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