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Professional Certificate in STEM Education

Course schedule subject to change

Required (12 units)

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Introduction to STEM Education 4 units

What is STEM? Learn to understand the connections between curriculum standards and STEM competencies. You will discuss the newest trends in today's classrooms and explore Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, English Language Development Standards, problem-based learning, problem solving and critical thinking. You will learn how to make the interdisciplinary connections required for teaching in a 21st Century learning environment.

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Access and Equity in STEM Education 3 units

You will study and discuss research on the issues of underrepresented student populations in STEM fields, and learn to design lesson plans that address the needs of this specific audience. You will also cover strategies for increasing persistence, and explore ways to build STEM identity among underrepresented student groups.

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Instructional Strategies for Teaching STEM 4 units

Learn to develop effective teaching practices for STEM classrooms. Explore mathematics, science, and engineering teaching practices; learn to identify STEM learning outcomes; practice lesson design; discuss instructional strategies for teaching English learners and underrepresented student groups; and discover solid methods for increasing academic language. Best practices for student engagement and support, classroom management, and the integration and use of technology will also be presented.

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STEM Education Capstone 1 units

A project-based or performance-based assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of STEM education for a 21st Century learning environment is required. The final product should highlight your overall STEM competencies in mathematics, science, and engineering teaching practices. An assessment of the needs of underrepresented student groups will also be incorporated in this capstone project. This final course will be graded as S/NC (Satisfactory/No Credit), and may only be taken after all required and elective courses have been satisfactorily completed.

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Elective (4 units)

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Environmental Science and Ecology for Educators 3 units
Topics in Biological Sciences 2 units
Biological Sciences and Lab 3 units
Botany for Educators 3 units
Chemistry I: Introduction to Chemistry 2 units
Chemistry II: Structure of Matter and Chemical Bonding 3 units
Chemistry III: States of Matter, Chemical Reactions and Nuclear Chemistry 3 units
Chemistry IV: Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry 3 units
Introduction to Astronomy for Educators 1 units
Oceanography 2 units
Weather and Climate 3 units
Principles of Geology for Educators 4 units
Introduction to Concepts of Physics 4 units
Concepts of Physics: Mechanics 3 units
Concepts of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism 3 units
Concepts of Physics: Heat and Waves 3 units
The Next Generation Science Standards 4 units
College Algebra 4 units
Linear Algebra 4 units
Non-Linear Algebra 4 units
Advanced Algebra 4 units
Trigonometry and Problem Solving 4 units
Fundamental Concepts of Geometry - Part I 4 units
Fundamental Concepts of Geometry - Part II 4 units
Probability and Statistics, Part A 4 units
Probability and Statistics, Part B 4 units
Developing the Real Number System 4 units
Developing the Real Number System - Part B 4 units
Strategies for Effective Mathematics Instruction 4 units
Instructional Design and Differentiation in a Mathematics Common Core Classroom 4 units
Using Technology in a Common Core Classroom 4 units
Using Technology in Teaching Mathematics 4 units

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