Why Earn Your Master's in STEM Education
Janet Haden, Program Advisor
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ABCs of STEM Education
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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. To succeed in today's technology-driven world, students need a solid grounding in STEM subjects, beginning at the elementary school level. The overall purpose of STEM education is to integrate the topics of science, technology, engineering, and math into all subject areas and improve the quality of elementary education for all.
Through day-to-day learning that incorporates STEM subjects, teachers can inspire students to become active and informed citizens in an ever-more complex world. The skills that students obtain from increased exposure to STEM education can be applied to any number of careers. Your students can rise to the challenges before them as critical thinkers and effective problem solvers.
What careers can I have with a graduate degree in STEM education?
Below are just a few of the career options available with a master's degree in STEM education.
- Elementary or Primary Teacher with STEM specialty
- Higher Education Instructor: STEM Learning and Teaching
- Consultant/Coach/Tutor in STEM topics
- STEM Program Grant Proposal Writer
- Science Museum Education Manager/Director
- Advisor to Policymakers (Local, State, or National)
- Division or Department Chair in STEM
- Summer Enrichment Coordinator in STEM
- Others involved in the teaching of math or science at the primary school level.
Growth in STEM Careers
STEM careers are among the nation's fastest-growing fields. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, employment in the STEM fields is expected to increase by 10% between 2008 and 2018—and in some sub-specialties, that growth is projected to be up to 30%. This degree is equally impactful in any part of the world, and can make you an effective educator no matter where you serve.
Our math courses will help you master concepts important for teaching elementary school mathematics in the areas of numbers and operations, patterns, functions, algebra, geometry and measurement, data, statistics, and probability. Our science courses, will equip you to teach elementary science in the following areas: physical science (the nature of matter, forces and motion, ancient ideas of motion, Newtonian mechanics, and gravity) and life sciences (characteristics of living things, including the various structures and functions of plants and animals, and adaptations to the environment).