Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) STEM Education 

Earn your MAT degree and PA teaching certification in the areas of science, mathematics, and business education. 

STEM is everywhere— it shapes our lives and everyday experiences. At Shippensburg University, we provide the opportunity for you to earn a Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching STEM Education and become educational leader and teacher in middle and high school classrooms.

Earn Your Degree 

You can earn your master's degree in STEM education in just 18 months. This program is designed to accommodate your busy lifestyle by offering classes online and face-to-face meeting one Saturday per month.

Students will complete a sequence of six courses to teach research-based principles grounded in education with a specific class focused on their certification area followed by a 12-week student teaching practicum. Students will also complete and present a research project and comprehensive teaching portfolio.

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Next Cohort: Fall 2020.

To be considered for the next 2020 Fall Cohort, please select "Apply Now"and complete online form. 

Master's in Teaching STEM Education Program Admission 

Applicants must fulfill and submit the following Admission Requirements:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree in a STEM-focused discipline from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • Have official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts sent to Shippensburg University. 
  • Submit a completed application, including a statement of intent summarizing their motivations and goals for entering the teaching profession through the Ship Admissions portal.
  • Submit two references through the recommendations tab in the Ship Admissions portal. An automated email will be sent on your behalf for their recommendation.
  • Achieve passing scores on two teacher certification exams that are required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Praxis II Subject Assessment. For more information, please visit Educational Testing Services website. Applicants may be conditionally admitted if PRAXIS scores are pending. 

Teaching Certification Requirements

To be certified in the following content areas, you must take the required ETS Content Knowledge Exam(s).

The MAT in STEM Education is designed for students that already have content knowledge in one of the following discipline areas that are consistent with one or more of the secondary (grades 7-12) licensure areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, and General Science. 

Business Technology: Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Management Information Services, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. 


Please note that applicants may also pursue Middle Level (grades 4-8) certification within the content knowledge areas mentioned above. 

The MAT in STEM Education program applicants must achieve passing scores on teacher certification exams that are required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Praxis II Subject Assessment. For more information about the specific exam required for your subject area, please visit the Educational Testing Services (ETS) website. Applicants may be conditionally admitted if PRAXIS scores are pending. 

Here's How to Apply

  1. Applicants should apply using the online application and pay the $45 nonrefundable application fee. 

  2. Send official transcripts from each and every institution that has awarded you college credit. This allows us to have the most accurate view of your academic history. Transcripts may be sent electronically through Docufide or E-scripts, or through postal mail sent to: Shippensburg University, Office of Graduate Admissions, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg PA 17257. 

  3. Supplemental documents (your goal statement and two letters of recommendation) can be sent as Word or PDF documents to If mailing electronically please be sure to include your full name and date of birth in the email. You may also have these documents sent to our office via postal mail at the address given above. 

  4. Track your application status by using our online portal at This will allow you to check your application and see which items are still outstanding. 

Application Follow-Up

Where does my file go once it is complete?

When all application requirements have been met the file will be sent to the academic department for initial review. Faculty members of the academic department will review your file and may contact you to schedule a formal interview time. Upon completion of the review process the Chair of the academic department will submit a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Upon receipt of this recommendation a secondary review by the Office of Graduate Admissions will be completed and a decision will be rendered. Decisions will be sent to the applicant via postal mail. 

Questions & Concerns

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to email us   or call 717-477-1213.


Program Delivery

The 30-credit MAT can be completed in 18 months. It is designed to meet the needs of working professionals by delivering courses through a combination of online interactions, videoconferencing, and face-to-face meetings. Cohorts of 10-15 students will move together through a sequence of six modules. Each module will be three credit hours. Face-to-face meetings will be just one Saturday per month and you can choose between coming to campus in Shippensburg or the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

At the beginning of the program, students will be assigned an experienced science, business, or math teacher in a local school as a mentor and approximately 25 hours of observation and co-teaching per module will be required. During the 12-week student teaching practicum (12 crs.), students will implement principles from the modules and assume responsibilities for planning, instruction, and assessment. Two capstone projects, a professional portfolio and the results of a research project, will be presented at the end of the program.

Course Sequence

The sequence for completing the MAT is as follows (assumes an early August start; modules and timelines will shift depending on start of sequence):

  • Fall semester (2 modules / 6 credit hours)
  • Winter term (1 module / 3 credit hours)
  • Spring semester (1 module / 3 credit hours)
  • Summer term (2 modules / 6 credit hours) 
  • Student teaching during Fall semester of second academic year (12 credit hours) 
  • Presentation of professional portfolio and research project during December of Fall semester of second academic year  
  • Job placement assistance during Spring semester of the second academic year 
STEM 510 Foundations of STEM Education in the United States (3 credits)

This course includes the historical and philosophical foundations of secondary education in the United States with particular emphasis on STEM education. Contemporary issues such as federal and state educational policies and curriculum standards, standardized testing and accountability, and professional expectations for teachers will also be discussed.

STEM 520 Research and Contemporary Issues in STEM Education (3 credits) 

This course surveys various research approaches in education including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Emphasis will be placed on research characterizing contemporary issues such as inquiry-based instruction, effects of curriculum standards and standardized testing, and STEM specific instruction. Action research, for the purpose of improving one's own practice, will also be included and each student will design a project to be completed throughout the remainder of the MAT program. Students will also complete between 20 and 25 hours of observations in a secondary science classroom. Prerequisite: STEM 510.

STEM 530 Instructional Strategies and Technology in STEM Education (3 credits) 

Assists the student with understanding the variety of strategies and philosophies behind those strategies for presenting instruction in a STEM classroom. Furthermore, specific instructional models related to STEM education will be utilized. Students will develop their own instructional philosophy in concert with the national efforts in the appropriate field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics through readings, discussions, classroom observations, as well as simulated and real teaching. Students will be prepared to design instruction through curriculum design, unit planning and individual daily lessons. Also included within this course will be understanding how the instruction, assessment, evaluation process occurs and results in a student grade. Students will also complete a minimum of 25 hours of observations in a classroom setting.

STEM 540 Assessment in STEM Education (3 credits)  

Includes all facets of the assessment process within the STEM classroom. Standardized achievement, diagnostic and aptitude tests, as well as teacher constructed tests will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on assessing student's conceptual understanding  within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields through a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies. Also included within this course will be understanding how the instruction, assessment, evaluation process occurs and results in a student grade. Students will also complete a minimum of 25 hours of observations in a classroom setting.

SCED 550 Safety and Welfare in Science Education (3 credits)

Surveys the primary safety concerns in STEM instruction with emphasis on chemical safety, safety equipment and procedures, and legal and ethical considerations for using live and preserved organisms in the classroom and field. Principles and legal requirements for classroom design and how classrooms and laboratories must be modified to accommodate students with learning and physical disabilities also included.

STEM 555 Foundations of Teaching Business and Technology (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide prospective Business Education teachers an overview of basic business courses while familiarizing them with the tools necessary to teach in today's technological classroom. Emphasis is placed on Information Technology, Personal Financial Planning and Entrepreneurship, as well as current trends in teaching Business Education. Students will utilize educational theory to identify elements of instruction that are positive and productive for learners.

MAT 527 Number Theory Discovery (3 credits)

Number theory, one of the oldest branches of mathematics, is very much an alive subject, with discoveries made every day. Course is intended to focus on topics that relate specifically to the natural numbers.  These will be treated as motivational problems to be used in an activity-oriented approach to teaching mathematics at the middle and high school levels. Pace will be non-frantic and designed to promote understanding of the topics covered.  Topics include prime number facts and conjectures, divisibility theory for integers, magic squares, Pascal's triangle, Fibonacci numbers, modular arithmetic, and mathematical art.

STEM 560 Accommodating All Students in STEM Education (3 credits)

Examines the intellectual, physical, sensory and Social-emotional differences of individuals as they pertain to learning processes. It will also address the needs of English Language Learners (ELL) in the science, technology, engineering or mathematic (STEM) classroom. It delves into how to best accommodate these students within a STEM classroom so that they can have the opportunity to be engaged in all aspects of learning the subject. Students will also complete a minimum of 25 hours of observations in a classroom setting.

STEM 590 Student Teaching and STEM Practicum (12 credits) 

The MAT capstone course consists of two parts:

1) A 12-week student teaching experience where students assume incrementally more responsibilities for lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, and other teacher-related duties under the guidance of an experienced mentor teacher and an university supervisor. Assignments include a comprehensive unit plan and an assessment portfolio.

2) A four-week period where students complete and present their professional portfolios and action research projects to a panel of secondary science teachers and university professors.

Prerequisites: STEM 510, STEM 520, STEM 530, STEM 540, STEM 560 and SCED 550 or STEM 555.

Cancellation Policy

Shippensburg University reserves the right to cancel any courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Support

Dr. Joseph W. Shane 
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education 
Chairperson, Department of Chemistry 
(717) 477-1572

Dr. Carolyn Callaghan 
Interim Dean 
Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE)
(717) 477-1502

Program Faculty

Joseph W. Shane, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair (Science Education). Former high school chemistry teacher who currently teaches university-level chemistry and science courses for pre-service teachers.

Christine Anne Royce, Ed.D., Chair and Professor Department of Teacher Education (Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Education). Currently serves as the chairperson of the Department of teacher Education who has an extensive background in middle and high school science instruction and administration.

David F. Bateman, Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Special Education (Law and Policy). Over twenty-years of experience with teaching special education courses, working directly with schools and teachers, policymakers.

Irma Hunt, MBA, Ed.D., Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship (Business Education). Worked in corporate America for eight years and as a former middle school business teacher. Dr. Hunt currently teaches business curriculum and supervises student teachers in Information Technology.

Deborah Gochenaur, Ph.D., (Mathematics Education). Former high school math teacher who currently teaches mathematics courses for all audiences and mathematic - specific education courses for pre-service teachers at all levels, including supervision of student teachers.