STEM Education, M.A.T. with Certification

Shippensburg University's STEM Education, M.A.T. with Certification program allows you to earn a master's degree in 18 months through both online and face-to-face class meetings.

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What Will I Learn?

You will learn STEM-specific teaching skills and background knowledge leading to initial teacher licensure in Pennsylvania as well as a master's degree. The courses focus on:

  • STEM-specific educational history and philosophy
  • Methods in action research
  • Instructional design and technology
  • Assessment
  • Accommodations to include all learners in instruction

Student teaching takes place in the final semester.

What are the requirements for this degree?

You must already hold a four-year STEM degree from an accredited institution and have passed the subject-area PRAXIS II examination for your primary discipline.

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

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Secondary (grades 7-12) STEM teachers are some of the most in-demand teachers in Pennsylvania and across the country. Many of our students secure long-term substitute teaching positions during the program due to the high demand for their skills.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

The first 12 months of this 18-month cohort program can be completed while maintaining full employment. The program is delivered in a blended format with much of the content being completed online and periodic face-to-face meetings. You will be assigned a mentor teacher in a regional classroom for field experiences and student teaching.