Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

The STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6) certificate program prepares STEM teacher leaders to support pre-K to sixth-grade teachers and their students. Candidates learn how to lead educational contexts to develop powerful STEM-infused learning environments and to support the professional development of elementary STEM teachers of all experience levels.

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Contact Us

Stephen Pape

Faculty Lead
Stephen Pape, PhD
stephen.pape@jhu.edu

Liesl McNeal

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Liesl McNeal
410-516-9759
lmcneal@jhu.edu

Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

At A Glance*

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Format

PART-TIME

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Location

ONLINE

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Credits

18

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Start Term 

SUMMER
SPRING
FALL 

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Completion Time

1-3 Years

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Application Deadline

ROLLING

*Information for students entering program for academic year 2020-2021

Application Requirements and Deadlines
Graduate Certificate: STEM Instructional Leader (PreK-6)
Enrollment:Part-Time
Start Term:Fall, Spring, and Summer
Application Deadline: Rolling
Pre-requisite(s): Earned bachelor's degree in education in mathematics or science, with professional teaching experience in elementary, middle, or secondary schools.

Applicants are expected to be a classroom teacher with at least 18 months of teaching experience, and be currently employed by a school district or an accredited independent school.

Maryland state-certified teachers interested in earning the Instructional Leader: STEM, PreK-6 endorsement should consult the Maryland State Department of Education website for requirements.
Application Requirements: Online application form
$80 application fee
Resume/CV
Essay: A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue the Instructional Leader certificate in Mathematics or STEM and focusing on your long-term goals upon completion of this academic program. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional information that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be typed on a separate sheet of paper.
Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a supervisor within your teaching context and one from an academic reference.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

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Amber Bogaczyk

This program has given me hands-on training in how to effectively implement STEM learning in my classroom. Class sizes are small, and I feel as though I’ve gained a community of colleagues that will be available to me as I continue my career.

 

Amber Bogaczyk
Current student

Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

Program Description

Students in pre-K to sixth-grade levels are learning critical knowledge and skills necessary for STEM-related college majors and careers. The STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6) certificate program is an online, 18-hour certificate for current teachers to develop motivational learning experiences and to lead change as instructional leaders, coaches, and mentors.

Candidates for the STEM Instructional Leader certificate learn to incorporate research-based practices that promote equity, access, and excellence in pre-K–6 STEM students, including underrepresented individuals, those with learning differences, and English learners.

Candidates participate in active learning experiences that bolster their own content knowledge in the fundamental areas of physical science, life science, Earth and space science, and mathematics. Coursework includes culturally relevant pedagogy in asset-based instruction; problem- and project-based learning; technology-enhanced instruction; STEM explorations, inquiry-oriented strategies, problem solving, and critical thinking; engineering design; and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches.

Candidates can combine this certificate with other areas (see related programs) as they pursue a master’s degree. Under the MS in Education with a concentration in Educational Studies, students can pursue two pathways in the Individualized Interdisciplinary Program of Study to obtain a master’s degree. The first pathway allows a student to combine deep study of one area of education with exposure to the breadth of educational theory and practice. The second pathway enables students to combine two graduate certificate programs with the Seminar in Teacher Leadership that completes the Educational Studies concentration.

A STEM Instructional Leader candidate, for example, may combine this with the Mind, Brain, and Teaching certificate to understand how teachers create learning environments based on the learning sciences as they deepen knowledge of pedagogical approaches within STEM education. Alternatively, a student may pursue the Gifted Education or Urban Education certificate (face-to-face only) to become a STEM–Gifted or STEM–Urban Education Instructional Leader. Combining programs prepares candidates for long-term success and STEM leadership within their schools and districts.

Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

Core Faculty

Stephen Pape

Stephen Pape

Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

PROGRAM PLAN

Program requirements

This 18-credit, fully online certificate program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for those seeking the STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6) endorsement. Prerequisites to being admitted to the program are completion of a bachelor’s degree in education or a closely related field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution and mathematics or science teaching experience in elementary, middle, or secondary schools.

Coursework

This program requires the successful completion of 18 credits.

840.670 Advanced Methods in the Elementary STEM Classroom

840.600 Instructional STEM Leadership & Professional Development in the Elementary School Setting

840.601 Mathematical Foundations in the PreK-6 Classroom

840.650 Physical Science in an Integrated PreK-6 Classroom

Students take either of the following two courses in consultation with their adviser:

840.651 Earth and Space Science in an Integrated PreK-6 Classroom

840.652 Life Science in an Integrated PreK-6 Classroom

To complete the clinical experience as required by MSDE, students employed in the state of Maryland and seeking the endorsement will also enroll in a specially designated practicum section (3 credits hours).

ED.840.673 Practicum in STEM and Mathematical Instructional Leadership

Students not residing in Maryland and not pursuing the licensure endorsement will take, in consultation with their faculty adviser, a content course from the Mathematics Instructional Leader (Pre-K) certificate or one of the following two courses:

851.705 Effective Leadership

893.634 Technology Leadership for School Improvement

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

WHAT TO EXPECT

Critical characteristics of certificate courses
  • Alignment with multiple professional organization recommendations for the preparation of teachers of STEM
  • Emphasis on updated research-to-practice approaches
  • Focus on equity, access, and excellence for each and every learner of STEM, including such learners as students with disabilities and English learners
  • Exploration of culturally relevant pedagogical approaches including asset-based instructional practices
  • Inclusion of problem-based, project-based approaches that meld STEM content with pedagogy
  • Exploration of technology-enhanced instructional contexts
  • STEM exploration, inquiry, problem solving, engineering design, and critical thinking
  • Instruction infused with mathematics content, pedagogy, principles, and perspectives
  • Exploration of rich cross-disciplinary experiences that support a deeper conceptual understanding of STEM disciplines and integration
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary foci that support instructional leaders who can support the development of learners who are capable of thinking across disciplinary boundaries.
Student outcomes

Students enrolled in this program will learn to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of STEM and mathematical content.
  • Create inclusive, equitable learning contexts to engage diverse learners in STEM and/or mathematics content to develop foundational skills necessary for STEM and/or mathematics at the elementary school level.
  • Develop age-appropriate, student-centered learning experiences that engage students in interwoven and interdisciplinary classroom activities (NSTA, 2003) and/or promote the principles of equity, curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment, and technology (NCTM 2000).
  • Create technology-enhanced and/or problem-based learning experiences in STEM or mathematics content.
  • Evaluate and adapt local curricular materials to incorporate authentic problems related to STEM and or mathematics concepts and skills.
  • Serve as an instructional resource for STEM and/or mathematics educators and professionals.
Accreditation

This program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for those seeking the Mathematics Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6) endorsement.

Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the course delivery method?

Courses are delivered fully online in an asynchronous format that features small interactive groups, whole-class participation, engagement with young learners in educational settings, and individual preparation. The expected time frame for completion is between 12 and 24 months. This program incorporates active project-based learning, where you will develop and use skills in pedagogy, analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking.

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GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, the School of Education is required to disclose select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Program Name: Post Baccalaureate Certificate in STEM Instructional Leader (PreK-6)

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $17,250 if completed within normal time. There may be additional
costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have
changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves
with $ [XX,XXX] of debt.

Too few graduates to report median debt.

Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment
earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:
https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.

Graduate Certificate – STEM Instructional Leader (Pre-K–6)

STATE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.