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Program Overview

Designed for current K-12 teachers, the Elementary STEM Education Graduate Certificate will help individuals understand inquiry-oriented practices across science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. In particular, the certificate helps build expertise in student learning, engagement and instructional practices in STEM.

Program Highlights 

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Program Outcomes

The graduate certificate in Elementary STEM Education has course focuses on areas across science, technology, elementary and mathematics education and students can build their study around courses that pertain to their interests and career goals.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the certificate will understand how to apply, teach and adapt to using STEM-focused concepts in the elementary classroom.



  • CEP 805Learning Mathematics with Technology 3 Credits
  • CEP 810Teaching for Understanding Technology3 Credits
  • CEP 811Adapting Innovating Technologies to Eduction3 Credits
  • CEP 812Applying Educational Technologies to Issues of Practices3 Credits
  • TE 809Inquiry-Oriented Instructional Strategies for the Elementary Classroom3 Credits
  • TE 831Teaching School Subject Matter with Technology3 Credits
  • TE 855Teaching School Mathematics3 Credits
  • TE 857Teaching and Learning Mathematical Problem Solving E Credit
  • TE 860Practice and Inquiry in Science Education3 Credits
  • TE 861ATeaching Science for Understanding3 Credits
  • TE 861BInquiry, Nature of Science, and Science Teaching3 Credits
  • TE 861CAction Research in K-12 in Science Mathematics Classrooms3 Credits
  • TE 891Special Topics in Teaching, Curriculum, and Schooling1-4 Credit

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. The certificate is only open to individuals are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in the MSU College of Education.

To apply to this program:

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    Key Dates

    Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

    Tuition & Fees

    In State Tuition

    • $6,800
    • Total

    Out of State Tuition

    • $6,800
    • Total


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