Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) STEM Education 

Starts Fall 2020

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.

To learn more about the program, check out: Virtual Info Session Recording

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) | 8/17/2020 - 10/9/2020

STEM 520 Research and Contemporary Issues in STEM Education (3 credits) | 10/19/2020 - 12/11/2020

STEM 560 Accommodating All Students in STEM Education (3 credits) | 12/14/2020 - 2/5/2021

STEM 530 Instructional Strategies and Technology in STEM Education (3 credits) | 3/15/2021 - 5/7/2021

STEM 540 Assessment in STEM Education (3 credits) | 5/10/2021 - 7/2/2021

SCED XXX Safety and Welfare in Science Education, Math, or Business/ITBE | 7/5/2021 - 8/20/2021

STEM 590 Student Teaching and STEM Practicum (12 credits) | Fall 2021 Semester

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.