Graduate STEM² Teaching Certificate

The Graduate Certificate of STEM2 Teaching is designed to enhance students’ content knowledge in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, to use best pedagogical practices for teaching K-12 STEM2 lessons, and to successfully integrate the STEM2 disciplines into lessons and units.

While the Graduate Certificate of STEM2 Teaching is a ‘stand alone’ certificate that does not lead to a state endorsement, it creates an opportunity for graduate students to learn about STEM2 for those who teach in schools, work in other areas of education such as museums, or provide outreach to K-12 students.

Holders of the certificate may become leaders in their schools or school districts in adopting STEM2 programs or may serve as a resource for other teachers who wish to integrate STEM2 activities into the curricula.

The UM-Dearborn certificate requires students to elect 12-13 hours of graduate level credits. Students will have several options depending on their science and mathematics background.

Time Limits

Students must complete the certificate program within three years, from the date of first enrollment.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit evidence of each of the following to the Office of Student Success along with a completed Post-Degree Application Form found at:
umdearborn.edu/cehhs/grad-stemm-cert/

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA is based on a 4.0).
  • An official transcript from college or university granting the undergraduate degree and one from each college or university attended.
  • Submit a completed Post-Degree Application Form and non-refundable $30.00 application fee (payable by check or money order to University of Michigan-Dearborn). This fee is waived for applicants who have previously paid an application fee to any University of Michigan campus.

Minimum Grade Point

  • Completion of the required coursework with a GPA of at least 3.0

For more information, call 313-593-5090 or visit: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/grad-stemm-cert/

STEM2  Requirements

EXPS 500STEM2 Teaching and Learning3
Select one Natural Sciences course:3
Adv Learning Inquiry: Phys Sci
Adv Inquiry: Earth/Planet Sci
Adv Inquiry: Life Science
or other graduate level Natural Sciences course
Select one Mathematics course:3
Number & Prop'l Rsng for Tchrs
Discrete Math/Modeling for Tch
Concepts of Calc for Teachers
Select one credit from a Teacher Academy:
PDED 518Tchg Mid Sch Math/Spec Needs1
Select one Health course:2-3
Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs
Health Behavior & Health Educ
Total Credit Hours12-13

Transfer of Credits

A student may transfer in up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit from the University of Michigan-Dearborn or another accredited institution provided the credits have not previously been applied to another degree or certificate. Credit hours transferred from other institutions must be taken within 5 years before enrollment with a grade of B or better.

EDF 550     Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs     2 Credit Hours

Instruction and participation in health, nutrition and physical education concepts and principles as they relate to elementary school curriculum. The six-dimensional model of wellness will be applied to meet legislative goals and objectives for the various grade levels. Required for elementary education majors.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

EXPS 500     STEM2 Teaching and Learning     3 Credit Hours

The content of this course and the pedagogy employed will provide students with experiences in topics related to the integration of science, technology, engineering, health and mathematics (STEM2). Students will experience examples of STEM activities and will explore how STEM2 disciplines impact society. (YR)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 530     Health Behavior & Health Educ     3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of social and behavioral science theories that guide the development of health education and promotion interventions aimed at preventing, reducing, and eliminating public health problems. Part one of the course describes the relationship between behavior and health, through a review of several current health problems faced by people in the United States. Part two presents a survey of health behavior theories ranging from those aimed at individual behavioral change to community health education promotions. The final part of the course looks at the application of theory to real-world health promotion and education interventions. Students will learn how social and behavioral theory informs intervention design, implementation, and evaluation.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

MATH 545     Number & Prop'l Rsng for Tchrs     3 Credit Hours

This course deepens previous work on rational number ideas and applications and explores the concepts of ratio and proportion. Content includes a variety of situations involving proportions, for example, real-world problems involving ratios, rates, and percents; geometry involving similarity; algebra involving linearity; probability involving assigning a probability to an event; and trigonometry involving slope. Distinguishing proportional situations from those that are not and reasoning proportionally in appropriate situations are emphasized. The course includes problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, communication, and multiple representations. Open only to certified teachers or elementary education students. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 442 or MATH 542) and (MATH 443 or MATH 543)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate

MATH 546     Discrete Math/Modeling for Tch     3 Credit Hours

This course interweaves the ideas of discrete mathematics with the approaches and strategies of mathematical modeling. It gives pre- and in-service teachers opportunities to deepen their understanding and use of mathematical models based on the concepts of discrete mathematics. Topics include recurrence, induction, permutations, combinations, binomial distributions, circuits, critical paths, minimal spanning trees, adjacency matrices, algorithm design and optimization. Systems thinking and multiple representations are emphasized. Open only to certified teachers or elementary education students. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 442 or MATH 542) and (MATH 443 or MATH 543)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Professional Development or Graduate

MATH 549     Concepts of Calc for Teachers     3 Credit Hours

Concepts of Calculus for Teachers focuses on calculus concepts appropriate for middle school mathematics teachers and teacher-candidates. The course provides a deep understanding of the major concepts of calculus: rates of change, accumulation (net change), area, and limits. Students will experience concrete approaches to the various topics using problem solving, manipulatives and technology as appropriate, with the intent being to help the learners discover how the ideas of calculus are useful in a variety of settings. Visual, numeric, and commonsense approaches will be used. Open only to certified teachers or elementary education students. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 442 or MATH 542) and (MATH 443 or MATH 543)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate

NSCI 531     Adv Learning Inquiry: Phys Sci     3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide in-service teachers with additional tools and knowledge to teach physical science concepts to elementary and middle school students. Topics selected from the science benchmarks in the Michigan Curriculum Framework (MCF) will be explored at significant depth. Students will be expected to integrate major themes of the physical sciences and understand how the topics covered in the course fulfill the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the MCF. The learning cycle and inquiry methods of instruction will be modeled and students will be expected to use these in their assignments. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): NSCI 231

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

NSCI 532     Adv Inquiry: Earth/Planet Sci     3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide in-service teachers with additional tools and knowledge to teach the concepts of Earth and planetary science to elementary and middle school students. Topics selected from the science benchmarks in the Michigan Curriculum Framework (MCF) will be explored at significant depth. Students will be expected to integrate major themes and understand how the topics covered in the course fulfill the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the MCF. The learning cycle and inquiry methods of instruction will be modeled and students will be expected to use these in their assignments. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): NSCI 232

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate
Can enroll if Level is Rackham or Graduate

NSCI 533     Adv Inquiry: Life Science     3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide in-service teachers with additional tools and knowledge to teach biological science concepts to elementary and middle school students. Topics selected from the life science benchmarks in the Michigan Curriculum Framework (MCF) will be explored at significant depth. Students will be expected to integrate major biological themes and understand how the topics covered in the course fulfill the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the MCF. The learning cycle and inquiry methods of instruction will be modeled and students will be expected to use these in their assignments. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): NSCI 233

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate
Cannot enroll if Level is Graduate

PDED 518     Tchg Mid Sch Math/Spec Needs     1 to 3 Credit Hours

This course is intended to introduce students to the characteristics and assessment of persons with ASD, as well as the best practices related to educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Specifically, students will learn evidence based practices for: assessing students with ASD, creating an appropriate educational environment for students with ASD, and providing academic instruction and behavioral interventions to students with ASD in special education and general education settings. Instruction will emphasize specific assessment and teaching tools and behavior management principles and practices associated with educating K-12 student with ASD.

Prerequisite(s): EDD 512

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally