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K-8 STEM Lead Teacher Education

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate program for K-8 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Lead Teachers at Johns Hopkins University offers a unique opportunity for teachers to deepen their understanding of STEM content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and to experience leadership opportunities through engaging in the professional development of their peers.

The focus of this graduate certificate program is to enrich teachers’ subject content knowledge in the STEM disciplines and to build upon their leadership potential through inquiry, dialogue, writing, and reflection.

Through course activities in small interactive groups, whole class participation, and individual preparation, participants will demonstrate an understanding of and competencies in:

  • Engaging K-8 students in high quality learning activities that help them to develop strong STEM skills and conceptual understanding.
  • Demonstrating high quality standards-based teaching practices.
  • Providing K-8 professional development in STEM education that helps other teachers better understand the content.
  • Communicating effectively within the school community the view that STEM education is more than rote sets of rules and procedures.
  • Providing engaging explorations using appropriate technology.
  • Assuming leadership that is supportive within the school setting.
  • Connecting research in STEM education to educational practice.

Course Sequence

All students take the following three-credit course:

810.685 Integrated Mathematics and Science Applications for K-8 Lead Teachers
This course will apply mathematical concepts identified in the standards in various science content areas (Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science). Basic mathematical concepts and operations such as numbers, rates, lines, angles, time, shapes, dimensions, equations, averages probabilities, ratios, etc. will be used to make connections to science. Additionally, mathematical representations will be used to plot, graph, and analyze scientific data. The course provides opportunities for the teacher-leaders to develop requisite goals, plans, and materials for teacher development workshops in their school to enhance their peers' understanding and skills in relation to teaching math and science with an integrated approach. The methodology will include problem solving, collaborative learning, multiple criteria and tools for assessment, and case study analysis. (3 credits)

Students take two of the following three-credit science courses, determined in consultation with their faculty adviser:

810.686 Life Science for K-8 Lead Teachers
The goal of this course is to provide K-8 teachers with the requisite knowledge and skills to enable the participants to effectively support student learning and achievement in life science. Participating teachers’ content needs will be identified and addressed through ongoing collaborative and reflective learning processes. The following topics will be covered in the course: Living organisms and their interactions; diversity of life; genetics; evolution; flow of matter and energy; and ecology. Participants will engage in hands-on inquiry and field investigations to learn about scientific ideas and develop a positive attitude, appreciation, and interest in biology. Problem-based inquiries will be organized to develop teachers’ curiosity to explore and observe the natural world, and to involve them in formulating questions, designing investigations, conducting observations, employing simple tools and equipment to gather data, constructing plausible explanations to answer questions, and communicating findings to others. Moreover, adequate opportunities will be provided to the participants to learn about the nature of science, the historical development of models in biology, and the underlying connections among the scientific concepts in various content domains. The applications and impact of technology on human life will be an important feature of the course. (3 credits)
810.687 Earth/Space Science for K-8 Lead Teachers
This course aims to provide K-8 teachers a rich and deeper understanding of Earth and space science. Content related topics are: chemical and physical interactions of the environment, Earth, and the universe; weathering and erosion; processes and events causing changes in Earth’s surface; interactions of hydrosphere and atmosphere; Earth history; plate tectonics; and astronomy. Participants will engage in hands-on inquiry to learn about concepts related to Earth science and astronomy. Moreover, adequate opportunities will be provided to the participants to learn about the historical development of models in Earth science and astronomy, and underlying connections among the scientific concepts in these content domains. The applications and impact of technology will also be addressed in the context of the concepts covered in this course. (3 credits)
810.688 Chemistry for K-8 Lead Teachers
The goal of this course is to give K-8 teachers a rich understanding of the nature and content of chemistry. Topics will include: Structure, properties, and interactions of matter; physical and chemical properties of materials; chemical models; chemical reactions; matter and energy transformations; conservation of mass; and the history of development of major ideas in chemistry. Problem-based inquiries will be organized to develop teachers’ curiosity to explore and observe the natural world, and to involve them in formulating questions, designing investigations, conducting observations, gathering and analyzing data, and developing a richer knowledge base in chemistry. The role and application of technology will also be discussed in relation to chemistry concepts. (3 credits)
810.689 Physics for K-8 Lead Teachers
The goal of this course is to give K-8 teachers a rich understanding of foundational physics concepts and their applications. Topics will include: Mechanics, force and motion, gravity, energy transformations, energy sources, electricity, magnetism, light, sound, and wave interactions. Problem-based inquiries will be organized to engage the participants in planning investigations; gathering and analyzing data; offering plausible explanations; and developing a deeper knowledge base in physics. Furthermore, connections between physical concepts, technological tools, and applications of technology will also be discussed in this course. (3 credits)
810.690 Environmental Science for K-8 Lead Teachers
The goal of this course is to provide K-8 teachers with the requisite knowledge and skills to gain a deeper understanding of the nature and content of environmental science. The following topics will be covered: Natural resources and human needs; interactions of environmental factors; environmental issues; impact of human activities on the natural environment; ecosystems; habitat destruction; air, water, and land pollution; and global warming. The national and state content standards highlight the value of integrating technology with science for developing scientific literacy. Participants will be exposed to scientific innovations and their impact on contemporary society. The applications and impact of technology on human life will be an important feature of this course. (3 credits)

Students take two of the following three credit mathematics courses, determined in consultation with their faculty adviser: 

810.680 Number and Operations for K-8 Lead Teachers
This course will include the following topics: Number systems, number sets, infinity and zero, place value, meaning and models for operations, divisibility tests, factors, number theory, fractions, decimals, ratios, percents, rational numbers, and proportional reasoning. This course will model the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, representations, connections, and communication, and will take a content-applications approach to each topic. (3 credits)
810.681 Algebra for K-8 Lead Teachers
This course will include the following topics: Algebraic thinking, patterns, functions and algorithms, proportional reasoning, linear functions and slopes, solving equations, non-linear functions, and algebraic structure. This course will model the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, representations, connections, and communication, and will take a content-applications approach to each topic. (3 credits)
810.682 Geometry for K-8 Lead Teachers
This course will include the following topics: Geometric thinking, triangles and quadrilaterals, polygons, parallel lines and circles, dissections and proof, Pythagorean Theorem, symmetry, similarity, and solids. This course will model the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, representations, connections, and communication, and will take a content-applications approach to each topic. (3 credits)
810.683 Measurement for K-8 Lead Teachers
This course will include the following topics: Measurable properties, measurement fundamentals, metric system, indirect measurement and trigonometry, area, circles and pi, volume, and measurement relationships. This course will model the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, representations, connections, and communication, and will take a content-applications approach to each topic. (3 credits)
810.684 Data Analysis and Probability for K-8 Lead Teachers
This course will include the following topics: Statistics as problem solving, data organization and representation, describing distributions, five-number summary, variation about the mean, designing experiments, bivariate data and analysis, probability, random sampling, and estimation. This course will model the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, representations, connections, and communication, and will take a content-applications approach to each topic. (3 credits)

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