Are you are an educator who serves students in grades PreK-6? Are you energized by
the idea of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (iSTEM) education?
Do you want to affect change not only in your classroom, but also in your school,
your school system, and beyond? If so, this 18-credit program is an excellent choice
Standards-Based, Engaging and Relevant
The program engages its participants in instruction that supports state standards
relevant to integrated STEM (iSTEM) and individual STEM subject areas. It is inquiry-,
problem-, and project-based; highly collaborative and interactive; and connected to
the schools and school systems in which the participants work.
A Blend of Face-to-Face and Online Learning
This blended program fosters strong relationships among participants, utilizes team-based
and hands-on iSTEM learning experiences, and capitalizes on the use of cutting edge instructional
technology to support online learning. The first four courses consist of one-third
online instruction and two-thirds face-to-face instruction. The fifth course is fully
online, and the sixth is half online.
Program graduates will become experts in STEM subject content and practices, apply
innovative iSTEM instructional approaches, and help students enact iSTEM skills and
habits of mind. This program is for you if you want to be able to:
- evaluate the quality of an existing STEM or iSTEM lesson or unit as you consider it
for your classroom, school or school system
- create a standards-based iSTEM lesson or unit
- enhance a STEM or iSTEM lesson or unit that your school system already uses or that
is commercially available
- teach iSTEM lessons or units to PreK-6 students in a deeply engaging and rigorous
- provide professional learning experiences to other teachers or administrators about
engaging students and educators in meaningful iSTEM learning experiences
- grow your leadership capacity in and beyond the classroom by using the iSTEM PBC as
a building block to a master’s degree (see text box on the side of this page)
The Integrated STEM Instructional Leadership (PreK-6) PBC Program has been approved
by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for those seeking the Instructional
Leader: STEM (Grades PreK–6) endorsement.
This program requires 18 units of coursework. View certificate requirements in the Graduate Catalog.
Talented program faculty draw from their collective experiences in science, mathematics,
and engineering education, teacher professional development, and instructional leadership.
They are from the departments of: physics, astronomy and geosciences, biological sciences,
mathematics, and instructional leadership and professional development.