INNOVATIVE GRADUATE PROGRAMMING
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
TAKING QUALITY PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND
HIGHER EDUCATION TO NEW LEVELS
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Earn an MEd, Post-Master's
Graduate Certificate, or Graduate
Certificate of Professional Studies
So, why is Southern New Hampshire University overtly focusing on STEM instruction?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
rethinking professional development;
quality online, adult learning; and,
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 https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/effective-teacher-professional-development-factsheet
Sawchuk, S. (2019, March 12). Textbooks Alone Don't Boost Test Scores, Study Says. Retrieved from https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/03/11/textbooks-alone-dont-boost-test-scores-study.html
T. N. T. P. (2015, August 4). The Mirage. Retrieved from https://tntp.org/publications/view/the-mirage-confronting-the-truth-about-our-quest-for-teacher-development
Tooley, M., & White, T. (2018, August 15). Rethinking Relicensure: Promoting Professional Learning Through Teacher Licensure Policies. Retrieved from https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/policy-papers/rethinking-relicensure/
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.
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!
Your selection of program pacing is one of the more unique features of our program. In the Profile Seminar course (taken at the beginning of your MEd or CAGS program), you will design a scheduling pathway that best fits your busy life. You will have the option to select a pathway that leads to graduation anywhere from 18 to 36 months. Don’t worry if you need to adjust as you go on—we all know life can sometimes change our plans. The initial pacing you select will help set your academic expectations, financial responsibilities, and help inform the faculty and advisors of your plans. This can change at any time as you progress through the program - take a term off if you need to, study in either 8 or 16 week long terms, and take one or more classes in a term as you feel you have time.
Upon initial application, you will pick your starting date and will be enrolled into the Profile Seminar course and the initial curriculum course, Foundations of STEM Curriculum. We encourage you to plan your academic study accordingly with your career and family needs in mind. The process for selecting courses will be explained in greater detail in your Profile Seminar. Rest assured that you will have exciting options available to you each and every term to best meet your programmatic requirements and professional passions.
Due to the flexibility in the time you have to complete a course, it is easier to break this down by the type of course you are taking. The Profile Seminar contains activities and readings that should take approximately 15 hours to complete. The three-credit courses incorporating the STEMScopes curriculum implementation have been designed to create an experience of approximately 45 to 60 hours including planning and applying what you have learned in your course to your delivery of the STEMscopes curriculum in your classroom. Your time spent learning doubles as planning time for your own instruction!
Requirements across the Action Research courses vary depending upon where you are in the process. For example, one course may require students to conduct research using online library resources, while another course may require students to implement and monitor the impact of changes in their practice.
Before signing up for any course or program, it is important to consider whether you will be able to commit adequate time to your studies - online or onsite! While an online course provides the participant with a lot of freedom and flexibility, one still needs adequate time to complete the coursework - regardless of location! You will also want to think about whether you bring the motivation, discipline, and time management skills required to thrive in the online environment. Resources that list best practices for online course success are also provided in the initial Profile Course!
Teachers will need daily access to a computer in addition to a reliable Internet connection to complete the graduate coursework. Basic word processing skills, in addition to the navigation skills taught in the introductory courses, will generally be sufficient for course completion.
Teachers will also need access to, and comfort using, the STEMscopes curriculum. Educators who have been admitted to a SNHU STEM program, but do not have access to the STEMscopes curriculum, may connect with us at NISE@shu.edu or give us a call at (844) 382-4484 for assistance.
As a Student
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.
All courses are instructed by faculty with expertise in their associated subject matter. All courses in all programs require faculty to be reviewed and approved by both University and National Institute for STEM Education staff.
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.
Your work will be evaluated according to rubrics provided within the courses. Each 3-credit course is divided into four modules. Each module generally includes assignments and rubrics, with a culminating assignment in the final or 4th module. Additionally, at the end of each course, you will complete a Learning Progress form and two final reflections (one related to the specific course outcomes and the other related to the Program Outcomes).
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 Action Research Symposium is one of the options for a culminating event for the M.Ed., designed to bring together like-minded educators regionally, or even from around the country, as they share their Action Research findings. All students will have the option to participate virtually if this best meets their needs.
At the Symposium, students have the unique opportunity to review their colleagues’ Action Research projects, as well as have their own capstone formally reviewed in person by peers and evaluators. The Symposium is a highly motivating and energizing event that reflects the commitment and evolving expertise of colleagues, faculty and peers. We bet you've never done anything quite like this before! It will be fun, we promise!
Yes, participation in a Symposium is mandatory at the culmination of your Master of Education. Although students enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study or Graduate Certificate of Professional Study do not develop an original action research capstone, we encourage them to join us as a professional learning experience if they can…it’s one of the most extraordinary educational experiences and we'd love to see everyone there!
Options for equally exciting alternate research presentations are available for students who may be unable to participate in an onsite Symposium.
Yes, you are absolutely encouraged to collaborate with other teachers, colleagues, and administration around your coursework and action research. Although collaboration is highly valued, we want to emphasize the importance of individualizing your own thinking within a collaborative project. All assignments submitted must reflect your own voice, choice of words, and perspectives as a learner. Your course instructor(s) will be able to help clarify any other questions you might have.
The university uses the following grade scale, designed specifically for the graduate learner:
A – Successful completion of all course activities and documentation of significant learning progress on all stated learning criteria for the course. (90-100)
B – Successful completion of all course activities and documentation of significant learning progress on most of the stated learning criteria for the course. (80-89)
C - Successful completion of all course activities without documentation and evidence of significant learning progress on most stated learning criteria for the course. (73-79)
F – Lacking successful completion of all required course activities and/or did not make significant learning progress on any stated learning criteria for the course. (0-72)
None. Access to your STEMscopes curriculum, with some support provided by SNHU online library resources, will provide you with all your required materials.
WHO WE ARE
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 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.
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 http://www.nise.institute.
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)
COST & POLICIES
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 six or eight-week term.
Yes, financial aid is available for all qualified students in the M.Ed. program. Please reach out to NISE@snhu.edu for details prior to applying to the program. Students interested in financial aid should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible, listing Southern New Hampshire University on the application.
You can get receipts to submit to your district for tuition reimbursement right from SNHU’s internal webpage. In some cases, SNHU will bill your district directly - if this applies to you, please let us know in the Profile Seminar as our advisors get to know your individual information.
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.