The Masters program for STEM Goes Rural will be a new graduate specialization in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. A tentative plan for components of the curriculum is given below. This plan is subject to change as planning proceeds over the next few months:
- General core: a menu of courses from the arts & sciences that are relevant to the degree (6 credits)
- Foundations of rural STEM education: learning experiences for all of the STEM Goes Rural students to provide competencies in foundational areas of P-12 education such as rural education, learning science, motivation, assessment, adolescent development, multicultural education, students with special needs and talents, developing talent in the STEM disciplines, educational technology, distance learning technologies, classroom management, etc. (9-12 credits)
- Emphasis areas: content and methods courses to prepare candidates for specific teaching licenses, e.g. chemistry, physics, life science, math, technology (12-15 credits) in collaboration with P-12 schools in the STEM Goes Rural network
- Internship (15-30 credits)
Once the curriculum is developed, it will be approved by following the existing approval process for new teacher education programs.