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    Mississippi College
  Aug 19, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), M.Ed.

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The M. Ed. in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is for students who want to become STEM specialists in a school and/or district. The current demand for STEM teachers is high. Mississippi is in need of qualified STEM teachers. These STEM teachers will be teaching tomorrow's engineers, scientists and technical experts, and through them, improve the life in our state. This new program and the academic demands of the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) seek to establish consistent education standards across the United States that ensure graduates from high schools are prepared to succeed in college or the work force.

This proposed program will engage and educate STEM teachers in MS, so they may prepare their students to be think-ready, learn-ready and work-ready; therefore, ensuring student success. Integrating subjects such as mathematics and science has long been a concern in the education community. Through this program educators will learn to look at how big ideas can become interconnected and thus make learning both appealing and broadly applicable in our classrooms. For example, engineering stresses problem solving; how to use mathematics and science in a project-based (PBL) context. 

This 30 semester hour program with 12 semester hours of required core courses, 15 semester hours of required subject area courses and one (or two) suggested elective course(s) will teach and equip teachers with STEM training and preparation for the STEM teaching field. 

Admission, Maintenance, and Graduation Requirements

  1. Must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and must be admitted to the Mississippi College Graduate School.
  2. Must hold a current Class A Certificate issued by a state department of education, or must have completed a teacher education program accredited by NCATE and be eligible for a license.  A photocopy of the standard educator license is required.
    • Provisional admission may be offered for those without a current teaching license. Requirements for provisional admission include a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and passing scores (as determined by MDE) on PRAXIS I CASE (or ACT equivalent) and PRAXIS II in the teaching content area (per MDE guidelines). The student must earn a C or better in EDU 6506 and 6554 and apply for a teaching license to become eligible for full program admission. The student will be limited to 12 semester hours under provisional admission status.
  3. Must have at least eighteen semester hours of undergraduate courses in courses in the teaching field in which the specialization of the STEM graduate degree will be pursued.  (Such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics.)
  4. At least 50% of courses in program must be taken at the 6000 level.
  5. No degree requirement may be waived without the approval of the Graduate Office.

Make application for graduation with the registrar’s Office.

(The diploma is ordered from this information.)

Apply for a STEM Project-Based Practicum Examination with the Graduate Office.

Should any candidates receive less than a B in any phase of the program he/she will be required to have a successful oral examination conducted by the STEM faculty.

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