Undergraduate STEM Education

Major: Undergraduate STEM Education
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0

Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.1316
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1099


About the Program

An MS in Undergraduate STEM Education supports the professional development of graduate students from STEM disciplines. This program will prepare STEM graduate students to implement evidence-based pedagogies that have been demonstrated to be effective for teaching undergraduate STEM courses.

This interdisciplinary program provides a mechanism to allow doctoral students from a STEM discipline to learn about pedagogical approaches appropriate for teaching STEM undergraduates, and research, assessment, and evaluation of STEM programs. Such skills, experiences, and competencies both diversify the career prospects of these graduate students as well as position them to participate more fully in programs with STEM Education and/or outreach as their “broader impact.”

Admission Requirements

All STEM graduate students or students studying in equivalent programs are eligible for admission.

Degree Requirements

ISTM 511Foundations in Evidence-Based STEM Pedagogy 3.0
ISTM 512Advanced Undergraduate STEM Pedagogical Techniques 3.0
ISTM 513Improving STEM Education Through Research3.0
ISTM 514STEM Program Evaluation and Assessment3.0
Electives (choose two of the following, in consultation with advisor)6.0
Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems
Using and Integrating Learning Technologies
Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology
Science Teaching Methods
Theories of Individual Cognition in STEM Education **
Social Foundation and Group Cognition in STEM Education **
Creativity and Innovation in STEM Education **
PhD Content Area Knowledge 9.0
PhD Research Experience 9.0
Capstone Experience9.0
Seminar in UG STEM Education *
Rotations in STEM Education *
Projects in Undergraduate STEM Education
Total Credits45.0

ISTM 515 is taken 3 times for a total of 3.0 credits. ISTM 516 or ISTM 517 is taken 3 times for a total of 6.0 credits.


EDUC 840, EDUC 842, and EDUC 844 can only be taken by PhD students.

Courses selected from student's PhD coursework in their STEM content area.

  9.0 credits of student's supervised PhD research.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ISTM 5113.0ISTM 5123.0ISTM 5133.0ISTM 5143.0
PhD Content Knowledge3.0PhD Content Knowledge3.0Elective3.0ISTM 5151.0
  PhD Content Knowledge3.0ISTM 516 or 5172.0
   PhD Research Experience3.0
 6 6 9 9
Second Year
ISTM 5151.0ISTM 5151.0  
ISTM 516 or 5172.0ISTM 516 or 5172.0  
PhD Research Experience3.0Elective3.0  
 PhD Research Experience3.0  
 6 9  
Total Credits 45
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