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Connects directly with the STEMscopes
science content you teach daily


Provides a coherent program of ongoing learning


Offers opportunities for collaboration,
feedback, and reflection


Emphasizes models of effective practice


Includes online coaching and expert support


Provides flexible program completion
timelines from 18 months to 3 years






Southern New
Hampshire University

Your Partner  YOUR PARTNER

National Institute for
STEM Education

Your University YOUR TOOL


Your University YOUR OPTIONS

Earn an MEd, Post-Master's
Graduate Certificate, or Graduate
Certificate of Professional Studies


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 emphasizes that your daily experiences as a classroom teacher are integral 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.

  • 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.

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.

The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE), our partner in delivering these STEM programs, promotes a comprehensive and relevant context for improving students’ post-secondary STEM readiness through an evidence-based framework, the 15 STEM Teacher Actions. In addition to this M.Ed. program, NISE provides extended professional development opportunities that allow educators and schools the opportunity to earn the below distinctions:


            The National Certificate for STEM Teaching (NCST)

            The National Certificate for STEM Excellence (NCSE) - Campus Certificate

            STEM Micro Credentials


The NISE and SNHU M.Ed. partnership benefits learners by integrating the best of three worlds: high quality STEM professional learning, university expertise and resources, along with high quality K-12 science curriculum. Together, NISE and SNHU are proud to bring you professional learning that uses your curriculum as your “textbook” and your daily work with your students as “seat time.”  

Join us for your own STEM learning experience where you define your most important learning goals, refocus on your students with even greater energy, and elevate your science instruction to a brand new level - all while earning an advanced degree, graduate certificate, or graduate credit in as little as 18 months.

Professional learning provided by SNHU, the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE), and STEMscopes incorporate research from several areas:

  • high impact classroom instruction and STEM instructional strategies;

  • school leadership;

  • rethinking professional development; 

  • quality online, adult learning; and,

  • STEMscopes’ implementations.



High Impact Classroom Instruction and STEM Instructional Strategies. NISE’s 15 STEM Teacher Actions reflect a synthesis of evidence-based, high impact instructional strategies, workforce needs, and critical 21st century skills.  The integration of these strategies incorporates the work of Hattie, Bybee, and others, providing a framework from which educators can more intentionally define and plan STEM initiatives. Educators seeking an evidence based framework to guide their STEM decisions are invited to complete professional development leading to the National Certificate in STEM Teaching.



School Leadership.  NISE’s Leadership philosophy and practices are shaped by an extensive range of leadership experience and a deep research base, including the work of Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Michael Fullan,  Robert Marzano, McREL International, Doug Reeves, Richard DuFour, David Langford, W.Edwards Deming, John Hattie, Jay McTighe, and Grant Wiggins.

NISE Leadership coaches guide district and campus administrators through an extended professional learning process culminating in campuses earning the National Certificate for STEM Excellence.  


Click on the link below to view an interactive map showing 50+ campuses who have achieved - or are working on - National Certificate for STEM Excellence certification.





Rethinking Professional Development.  Professional development created and delivered by the National Institute for STEM Education, whether online or onsite, takes care to incorporate lessons from the most current and validated research on professional learning. Not only does NISE translate theory into engaging adult learning experiences, NISE uses a practical, straightforward approach which elevates professional learning to higher standards. 

Darling-Hammond, L. E., Hyler, M. E., & Gardner, M. E. (2017, June). Effective Teacher Professional Development. Retrieved from

Sawchuk, S. (2019, March 12). Textbooks Alone Don't Boost Test Scores, Study Says. Retrieved from

T. N. T. P. (2015, August 4). The Mirage. Retrieved from

Tooley, M., & White, T. (2018, August 15). Rethinking Relicensure: Promoting Professional Learning Through Teacher Licensure Policies. Retrieved from


Quality Online, Adult Learning.  A decade of research has now demonstrated that online learning has “equal to or better than” results for most students - including adults.  “Off-site” learning has certainly evolved tremendously from the days of correspondence courses and “text on a screen.” As technology has evolved, so has our understanding of how to structure and design online instruction in order to maximize learning and the overall quality of the user experience.  NISE especially attends to research and publications provided by the Online Learning Consortium (including its Quality Matters Rubric) and Ruth Colvin Clark, PhD, to provide a comfortable blend of onsite practice and online academic support.  


STEMscopes Implementation.  For more than a decade, researchers have been studying the relationship between a district or school adopting the STEMscopes Science curriculum and their performance on high stakes exams.  Furthermore, research has focused on high performing STEMscopes classrooms to more clearly identify - and share - strategies that supported student success. Ongoing reviews of this research continually informs our updates to curriculum and professional development.  We invite you to review our research in-full at STEMscopes Case Studies.


 So, why is Southern New Hampshire University overtly focusing on STEM instruction?

  1. Equity.  The ability for more students to have the option of securing STEM college degrees and/or careers is an equity issue as our world quickly becomes more sophisticated, integrated, and interdependent.  

  2. Global Well Being.  The current and future health of our planet depends upon a more scientifically literate citizenry.  Not every professional needs to be a scientist or engineer, but all adults need to be able to question, critique, persist and plan like scientists.  

  3. Common Understanding.  We want to help educators everywhere understand that STEM instruction encompasses much more than the content areas represented (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  For example, effective STEM curriculum systematically incorporates instruction helping students improve their creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. People need to share a common goal, based on a common understanding, to achieve this goal called “STEM.”


We know that all conscientious educators want to respond to the call for more STEM ready high school graduates.  We also believe the lack of a single, evidence-based definition clarifying what STEM is (beyond the four content areas represented by the letters S-T-E-M) prevents educators from effectively achieving a collective, significant, STEM goal.

The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) is the only organization that has developed an evidence-based framework, The 15 STEM Teacher Actions, to guide exemplary STEM instruction.  NISE is also the only organization that provides extended, personalized professional development over time culminating in STEM Teaching and STEM Campus Certificates.  Launched in 2016 by Accelerate Learning, Inc., NISE professional development services have benefited thousands of educators, with more than 1,000 having received the National Certificate for STEM Teaching (NCST) and more than 50 campuses having earned the National Certificate for STEM Excellence- STEM Campus Certification.  For more information please visit

STEMscopes K-12 digital science curriculum is now used by more than 450,000 teachers across all 50 states.  Research continually links its use to improved student outcomes across NGSS and non-NGSS states. Since 2014 STEMscopes has been recognized multiple times by a wide variety of entities such as 

  • EdTech Trend Setter Finalist (2019)

  • IMS Global Learning Consortium Certified (2019)

  • EdTech Tool Cool Finalist (2019)

  • Tech Learning Excellence Award (2017)

  • Tyton Growth 50 Winner (2016)

  • PK-12 Revere Learning Award (2016)

  • District Administration, Top 100 Products (2016)

  • Codie Finalist (2016)

  • Digital Innovation Learning Award (2015)

We strongly recommend that you confirm with your school or district officials, however, work completed at accredited universities is generally accepted across the nation. SNHU staff are also happy to discuss the program(s) with your district representative. SNHU is a private, non-profit university accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. You may review further details on the acknowledgment waiver HERE.

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!



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