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STEM Education Endorsement

Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools are increasing their emphasis on STEM education and encouraging students to consider advanced study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Employment growth in these areas is expected to be high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, providing STEM education programs in K-12 schools prepares students for life in the 21st century.

Today’s educators need a thorough understanding of STEM and the methods by which students can be prepared with skills and mental habits for achievement in this area. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards this STEM endorsement as a credential in this new and emerging area where formal certification does not exist. Earning this 12-credit endorsement will help you become competent in planning, designing, applying, and assessing integrative STEM education.

Program Overview

The courses and field experiences in this endorsement program incorporate inquiry-based, project-based and problem-based pedagogies, informed by Next Generation Science Standards, Pennsylvania Core State Standards for Mathematics, and International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s standards for technological literacy.

You will complete 47 hours of on-site field experiences that are closely integrated with coursework, assessment practices and program goals.

You can finish this program in one year or less, and is available completely online.

Tuition and Costs

The tuition is $535 per credit for courses offered in the endorsement when taken as a stand-alone credential. This per-credit tuition rate represents a 25 percent discount from the tuition for the courses required for the endorsement. Please review tuition and fees for rates associated with additional program enrollment.


To be admitted into a STEM Endorsement Program, candidates must be enrolled in an approved Level I program or hold a Level I or II certificate.


  • EDL 654 - Foundations of Integrative STEM Education K-12
  • EDL 655 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in STEM Education K-12
  • EDL 656 - Engineering and Technology Design and Project-Based Learning for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers
  • EDL 657 - Engineering and Technology Design (ETD) and Project-Based Learning (PBL) for Secondary Teachers
  • EDL 658 - STEM Integration and Application in the Classroom

At A Glance

Program: Endorsement
Audience: Graduate students
Format: Online

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