Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


STEM EDUCATION CENTER

STEM Education at Towson University

Paul Lee and Parkville High School students  
Paul Lee, a physics secondary education major, engages students during his student teaching experience at Parkville High School.  
The acronym STEM is popping up in the newspapers, in reports, in college catalogs and publications, and on television news. STEM education is a collection of educational practices that are specifically suited to the technical areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As the future unfolds, special training is needed for teachers in these areas so that they can prepare students for the global, technical jobs marketplace.

However, STEM education needs to start at the elementary school level and continue through college graduation. The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics offers of STEM related courses and related degrees in these areas. Photo: Paul Lee, a physics secondary education major, engages students during his student teaching experience at Parkville High School.

Why should you teach in a STEM area?

"Across the country, governors and other state policymakers are coming to recognize the urgent need to dramatically increase student achievement and attainment in K–12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These STEM fields play an increasingly critical role in ensuring states' economic vitality and the economic growth of the nation as a whole. Every high school graduate needs essential competencies in STEM as preparation for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship. Regardless of the path they choose after high school graduation, all K–12 students can benefit from a rigorous and relevant STEM education".
- National Governor's Association, December 18, 2011

  • Science and mathematics teachers are in high demand.

    "We want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering an math. In fact, to every young person listening tonight who's contemplating a career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation, if you want to make a difference in the life of a child, become a teacher. Your country needs you."
    -President Barack Obama, 2011 State of the Union Address


    About 80% of public secondary schools report teaching vacancies. Among these schools 52-56% have vacant positions in the sciences while 74% had vacancies in mathematics.
    -National Science Board, 2008


  • Teachers are highly satisfied.

    When asked whether they were satisfied with being a teacher, 90% of middle and high school teachers gave a positive answer.
    -National Science Board, 2008


  • Teachers earn competitive salaries.

    According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011, the median annual salary for teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180 in May 2008 with the top 10% earning $75,190 to $80,970. The average Maryland secondary school teacher salary was $63,000.


  • Teachers enjoy many benefits.


  • Science and mathematics teachers enjoy the opportunity to serve as coaches and mentors for extracurricular activities.

    As 10-month employees, teachers enjoy the ability to earn a supplemental income during the summer, take vacations, or earn graduate credits.

STEM education programs for undergraduate students

Towson offers the following programs for undergraduate students: Each of these teacher education programs provides preparation in the STEM content area, best STEM educational practices, and pedagogy. Upon graduation, students are eligible for Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification to teach. Actual MSDE certification requires passing the appropriate Praxis examination.

STEM Education Programs for Graduate Students

Towson offers the following Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs for graduate students:
  • Biology Secondary Education,
  • Chemistry Secondary Education,
  • Earth-Space Science Education,
  • Mathematics Education, and
  • Physics Education.
The MAT degree assumes that area content in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics, or Physics has already been mastered. The coursework will focus on entirely on education and pedagogy. After the degree is awarded, MSDE will provide a certificate in teaching upon passing the appropriate Praxis examination.

 

The Jess and Mildred Fisher
College of Science and Mathematics
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Phone: 410-704-2121
Fax: 410-704-2604
E-mail: fcsm@towson.edu

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