STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Instruction
The master’s program in STEM instruction was developed as an educational partnership between the PAST Foundation and Dakota Wesleyan University. The PAST Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making education better by promoting transdisciplinary, problem-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. Dakota Wesleyan University is committed to providing innovative and relevant education to the region’s teachers and other leaders. Through this partnership, K-12 teachers will explore contemporary instructional practice as related to STEM disciplines. The lead faculty members for this online program are from the PAST Foundation and also members of The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology.
This program is designed for students who already hold state teaching certification. The program requires a minimum of 39 coursework credit hours and a capstone. For their capstone experience, students may choose to write a research thesis or take a comprehensive examination.
Alternatively, the student may be eligible for an additional endorsement in the STEM field by completing the 21 hours of specific STEM courses below (EDU 641, 643, 645, 647, 649, and 695). Under current South Dakota administrative rules, an endorsement in engineering may be granted based on coursework or national certification training. An endorsement in technology may be granted based on coursework or successful completion of the related Praxis examination. For endorsements in science and math, students must pass the related Praxis examination. The STEM courses (EDU 641, 643, 645, 647, 649, and 695) have been designed to help the student in that process.