The STEM Education Certificate is a collaborative venture between the School of Education, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences, with a focus on creating learning environments that support the sharing of diverse perspectives in the process of solving interesting and relevant mathematical, scientific and engineering problems.
Professional development for teachers, in any form, is an important aspect of becoming a well-rounded and experienced educator. The practice of continually developing one’s skills as an educator is vital to creating a teaching workforce that is best suited to helping students from varying backgrounds.
CU Boulder has one of the top STEM programs in the country. The university is known for its strong performance in the earth sciences, physics and engineering through highly interactive training methods. Whether students become doctors, teachers, or engineers, it is imperative that STEM majors are able to work in a variety of collaborative environments. Examples of ways for educators to develop their skills might include interactive trainings put on by their school or district, workshops on fields like technology in education, or certification programs and short courses designed to provide a comprehensive overview of specific aspects of education.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students majoring in math, science and engineering (through Engineering Plus) are eligible to enroll in the STEM Education Certificate. At completion, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75, and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the STEM Education Certificate courses.
Many of the courses included in the STEM Education Certificate are also applicable to the curriculum for obtaining licensure in secondary math or science; thus, students who decide to pursue a STEM secondary teaching license will be able to do so in a timely manner (typically two additional semesters, plus student teaching).