Create Change in Your Professional Practice with Innovative Degree and Certificate Programs
Earn a Master's degree or post-master's graduate certificate for the most important professional growth you undertake - strengthening your practice to strengthen your students’ learning. SNHU's Graduate Programming in STEM Instruction makes sure your daily experiences as a classroom teacher are connected to what you choose to learn.
- 100% online
- Offering foundational and advanced courses in STEM curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership
- Six start dates throughout the year: September, October, January, March, May, and July
- Enroll in 8 or 16 week terms depending on your schedule
- Course registration occurs within your graduate portfolio site, housed within your existing STEMscopes K-12 Science Curriculum platform
- On your own terms (literally) so you can meet your personal and professional needs:
Choose how long you’d like your program to last by electing to complete work in 16 week terms or 8 week terms. This can even change based on the time of year. (All programs are designed to be completed between 18 months and 3 years, but YOUR pacing is up to YOU).
Within the term you’ve chosen, take one or two 3-credit courses depending on your schedule
Action research courses, part of the MEd program, begin after you complete 3-4 content courses
Online STEMscopes coaches, distinguished teacher researchers, and SNHU approved instructors provide guidance throughout your coursework
Course content within STEMscopes includes innovative curriculum design, high impact instructional practices, strong science content mastery, and effective use of formative and summative assessment within the STEM classroom
Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Education, Post-Master's Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies are accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.
Innovative Graduate Programming
As you embark on your graduate program with SNHU & NISE, you can expect an experience that brings together high-quality faculty with highly applicable and reflective learning experiences.
The benefits of enrolling in the STEM-Focused Graduate Programs at SNHU include:
- Emphasizes models of effective practice
- Offers opportunities for collaboration, feedback, and reflection
- Provides a coherent program of ongoing learning
- Connects directly with the STEMscopes science content you teach daily
- Includes online coaching and expert support
- Provides flexible program completion timelines from 18 months to 3 years
1 Credit Profile Seminar begins your journey (1 one-credit hour course)
30 Credits from core courses reinforcing the STEMScopes curriculum (10 three-credit hour courses)
5 Credits of Action Research (4 one-credit hour Action Research courses and 1 one-credit hour Capstone course, taking place at the end of your program).
Courses within the M.Ed. with a focus in STEM
30 Credits from core courses you select within the STEMScopes Curriculum platform
1 Credit Profile Seminar begins your journey
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study mirrors the M.Ed. Program without the Action Research requirements, as students eligible for this program have already completed a Master’s level capstone
Available at the post-master’s level or graduate level
Take 15 Credits from within the STEMScopes Curriculum platform that support the professional development you need.
Working in partnership with the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and Accelerate Learning (STEMscopes), Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) combines higher education and professional learning, bridging the gap between educators’ formal learning and daily work in the classroom. These innovative, online STEM-focused graduate programs seamlessly integrate resources from all three organizations.
- NISE’s online curriculum framework embeds its STEM professional development while capitalizing on the work teachers are already doing with students while using the STEMscopes™ curriculum already purchased by the district.
- Accelerate Learning provides the highly recognized STEMscopes digital science curriculum with its abundance of learning resources to more than 450,000 teachers across the nation.
- SNHU provides the leadership, credibility, resources, faculty and accreditation that only an established, highly regarded university can provide.
Students with completed applications can start in September, late October, January, March, May or July. We accept applications throughout the year. Once you're in, your classes will start every 8 or 16 weeks. It's up to you! Begin your application today.
All courses are online and facilitated by expert faculty who have implemented successful STEM practices in their careers. Most courses are self-paced within your registered academic term. Your first course is a Profile Seminar that introduces you to the program, sets expectations, and allows for you to select a flexible pacing schedule for completing your program in as little as 18 months and up to 3 years.
Assignments in each course will focus on application and reflection on specific learning outcomes. Reflections are designed to guide self-evaluation and continual growth within the context of personal, classroom, school, and district needs along with course and program outcomes.
The Profile Seminar, only required for the MEd or CAGS, introduces you to the program, its expectations, and allows you to design a flexible pacing schedule. In addition to enabling you to communicate your goals for your professional learning, the seminar is designed to ensure that you understand program requirements, how the program works, and provide a foundation for your success.
The Profile Seminar is a one-credit hour course that is taken first in the M.Ed. and Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies programs. The Profile Seminar sets the learners’ personalized path for their chosen program by facilitating the setting of personal learning goals, exploring the support and resources of Southern New Hampshire University, and customizing the program to meet the learner’s scheduling preferences
Of the 36 credits, 30 of them make up the Core Courses within the program. Each 3-credit course focuses on different elements and aspects of STEM Education. From instructional and assessment strategies to developing leadership qualities to advance STEM education in your schools, this program covers the full spectrum needed to effectively implement STEM Education.
Foundations of STEM Curriculum is a three-credit hour course that is taken at the same as time the Profile Seminar. This course begins with an orientation to the STEMscopes K-12 Science Curriculum and then explores the five phases of the 5E Instructional Model. Throughout this course, learners identify and implement elements from within their STEMscopes curriculum that support 5E instruction. The course culminates in the development of a customized 5E lesson plan.
Advanced Practices in STEM Curriculum Development is a three-credit hour course that should be taken immediately after Foundations of STEM Curriculum. This course helps learners develop a deeper understanding of the 5E Instructional model by addressing the most common misconceptions related to 5E instruction. Learners continue to refine their understanding of 5E through the design and implementation of a 5E lesson plan.
Foundations of STEM Instruction is a three-credit hour course that focuses on best practice in STEM instruction. In this course, learners explore instructional strategies that promote students’ learning of content along with their development of 21st century skills. As evidence of understanding, learners will select and implement elements from within STEMscopes that support the use of these instructional strategies. They will then reflect on that implementation to determine next steps.
Advanced Practices in STEM Instruction is a three-credit hour course that focuses on the use of Science and Engineering practices in the STEM classroom. In this course, learners will explore those instructional strategies that make STEM instruction unique from other forms of instruction. Learners will demonstrate their understanding of these instructional strategies by selecting and implementing elements from within STEMscopes that support students’ engagement with science and engineering practices. They will then reflect on that implementation to determine next steps.
Providing Effective STEM Leadership is a three-credit hour course that develops learners’ capacity to influence school-wide success. In this course, learners will develop a vision for STEM and will explore how this STEM vision influences decisions and actions. Learners will learn and practice strategies for analyzing data to determine student needs while also analyzing data to support colleagues’ success and continual improvement. Learners will also develop strategies for analyzing and aligning curriculum resources. Learners will demonstrate their leadership capacity by developing a plan to differentiate professional development and instruction to help move their school closer to their STEM vision.
Developing Systems to Sustain STEM Implementation is a three-credit hour course that must be taken after Providing Effective STEM Leadership. In this course, learners will demonstrate their leadership capacity by implementing a plan to differentiate professional development and instruction to help move their school closer to their STEM vision. Learners will focus on skills required to move from vision to action as they implement data driven instruction, professional learning for peers, and monitor and adjust these practices to align with their STEM vision. Learners will be supported as they express their leadership capacity within school-wide contexts.
Foundations of the STEM Classroom is a three-credit hour course celebrating factors that define a STEM classroom. This course emphasizes the importance of STEM thinking through four practices - questioning strategies, probing for misconceptions, literacy, and interdisciplinary thinking. Each of these strategies will be explored in depth as learners apply their understanding of STEM teaching and learning through the selection and implementation of elements from within STEMscopes that support questioning, probing for misconceptions, literacy, and interdisciplinary thinking.
Advanced Practices for the STEM Classroom is a three-credit hour course establishing the elements of a distinguished STEM classroom. In this course, learners will identify how differentiation, student autonomy, technology integration, and nonlinguistic representations elevate student learning and help develop STEM thinkers. Learners will identify and implement elements from within STEMscopes that support these strategies and reflect on how the implementation of these strategies influence their students’ learning.
Foundations of STEM Assessments is a three-credit hour course focused on identifying and applying a variety of assessment practices across the whole learning cycle. Learners will explore the influence of standards, formative assessment, evaluating science practices, and the use of rubrics in STEM classrooms. Learners will use assessment strategies to monitor students’ development of content knowledge and skill in the use of science practices.
Advanced Practices in STEM Assessments is a three-credit hour course that should be taken after completing Foundations of STEM Assessments. In this course, learners apply a more complete response to assessment data by incorporating high quality student feedback, instructional decisions rooted in assessment data, grading policies that reflect master learning, and student-driven assessment. Learners will identify and apply assessment strategies from STEMscopes and other sources to monitor and respond to student learning over time.
Students pursuing the Master's degree will begin the Action Research courses about 12 hours into the 36 hour degree program. The results of this Action Research are shared during the final Capstone course. Students are provided multiple, authentic options for sharing these professional findings such as virtual defense of conference presentations, book proposals, submissions to professional journals, or onsite poster sessions.
Action Research One is a one-credit hour course that is taken as part of the Master’s in Education degree program with Southern New Hampshire University. In this course, learners explore the art of developing meaningful questions and begin to conceptualize a topic for an inquiry into personal practice. Collaboration with colleagues and reflection on classroom inquiry will be used to further develop the topic of inquiry into a purpose statement and research questions.
Action Research Two is a one-credit hour course that is taken as part of the Master’s in Education degree program with Southern New Hampshire University. In this course, learners explore the literature that connects to their chosen topic of inquiry and develop an annotated bibliography. As a result of the ongoing review of the relevant literature, learners will further refine their purpose statements and research questions.
Action Research Three is a one-credit hour course that is taken as part of the Master’s in Education degree program with Southern New Hampshire University. Learners will continue their review of related literature and complete their first round of inquiry into practice. The course will conclude with reflections on the first round of inquiry and continued revisions to the research questions.
Action Research Four is a one-credit hour course that is taken as part of the Master’s in Education degree program with Southern New Hampshire University. In this course, learners design, analyze, and reflect on a second round of inquiry into practice. Learners will demonstrate their learning by documenting the actions steps they have taken to incorporate their findings in their personal practice.
The Capstone is a one-credit hour course that is taken as part of the Master’s in Education degree program with Southern New Hampshire University. In this course, learners will share the results of their action research in a meaningful and relevant way. Learners will also complete a final reflection and develop plans to continue engagement with the action research process.
Students in the M.Ed program will participate in a modified IRB process to complete their action research project. For more information on the IRB please visit: Institutional Review Board
The cost per graduate credit hour is $400. The total cost for the Master of Education in partnership with the National Institute for STEM Education is $14,400. This includes up to $1,000 in qualifying travel costs to participate in the onsite Action Research Symposium. Students preferring a virtual option will be able to virtually present the findings of their Action Research.
The total cost for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is $12,400. The total cost for the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies is $6,000.
Courses are paid for upon enrollment at the beginning of each sixteen or eight-week term.
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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Upcoming Information Sessions
Want to learn how you can create change in your professional practice while teaching every day in the classroom? You can find out how by attending one of our online information sessions where you can:
Learn about the curriculum components and how it's embedded in the STEMscopes platform you use in your classroom daily
Discuss the program outcomes and how you will impact your classroom
Learn about the admissions process
Join in a live Q+A session to answer any questions you have
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- Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
- Time: 8:00 PM EST
- Event: Program Overview Webinar
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