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Integrative STEM Endorsement Program and ASR—STEM Track Master's Degree, Certification , M.Ed.

Overview

Our Integrative STEM Endorsement Program (approved by PDE) will prepare you to create effective and engaging STEM experiences in the classroom, while providing you with the necessary training in theoretical, technical, and pedagogical foundations.

Gain the necessary training in theoretical, technical, and pedagogical foundations of STEM instruction.

You'll learn research-based best practices through our core courses, competencies, and experiences. And you'll have a variety of assignments ranging from research and reflection of theory and best practice, to practical applications in designing instructional objects, and facilitating student discussions. Each course also has essential field experience/job embedded activities.

A master’s degree in ASR – STEM track (Academic Standards and Reform) may be earned after the completion of STEM endorsement coursework.

Offered in hybrid format, you'll test your knowledge through coursework assessment, activities, and planned practicum with a mentor relationship.

Our program is offered in partnership with the renowned Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.  Some classes will be offered on site at Da Vinci.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions to the M.Ed. programs are on a rolling basis.

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Standardized Exam Required: No
  • Official Transcripts Required: Yes
  • Personal Statement Required: Yes
  • Letters of Recommendation: 1 Required
  • Resume Required: No
  • Copy of teaching certificate, if applicable only

International Students

  • English Competency Exam Required: TOEFL
  • Transcript Evaluation Required: Yes
  • Certificate of Finances Required: Yes

Curriculum

The integrative STEM education endorsement is designed for post-baccalaureate candidates who have an Instructional I or Instructional II Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate.

The 4 core courses, competencies, and experience that consist of 12 credit hours are designed to provide instruction in research-based best practice with embedded practical implementation of the practices.

Participants will have a variety of assignments ranging from research and reflection of theory and best practice to practical applications in designing instructional objects and facilitating student discussions. Each course has essential field experience/job-embedded activities appropriate to developmental level.

Some course meetings may be held at the DaVinci Science Center in Allentown, Pa. 

Courses (12 credits for endorsement)

  • ED 614 Introduction to STEM Education 3 credits
  • ED 615 Integrative STEM Content and Practice 3 credits
  • ED 616 Learning STEM Through Inquiry 3 credits
  • ED 617 Designing an Integrative STEM Unit 3 credits

Master’s Option (30 credits)

Technology Electives:  6 credits from the following

  • CE 530 Designing for Technology Integration | 3 credits
  • CE 536 Networking and Microcomputer Systems | 3 credits
  • CE 537 Technology for Inclusive Classrooms | 3 credits
  • CE 550 Multimedia Classroom Applications | 3 credits
  • CE 553 Web Design for Educators | 3 credits
  • CE 556 Distance Education & Emerging Technology |3 credits
  • ED 508 Law and Technology in Education |3 credit

M.Ed. Degree Course: 12 credits required for degree

  • ED 528 Data Driven Assessment and Instruction | 3 credits
  • ED 504 Philosophy and Ethics in Education |3 credits
  • ED 501 Educational Research |3 credits
  • ED 600 Critical Issues and Research Seminar (Capstone Course) |3 credits

Course Requirements

Facilities

Value-Added Teacher Education

Technology-Rich Curriculum: DeSales University Teacher Education has received a special designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for industry-leading technology integration in our teacher education programs.

Transferable Certification to Other States: Pennsylvania mandates rigorous, clear, teacher certification standards that make Pennsylvania certification easily transferable to other states. For additional detail on individual state certification requirements, refer to the state of choice.

Education Resource Lab

Students of DeSales education programs benefit from having access to the Department of Education's Resource Lab. The Lab is a convenient space where students gather to discuss topics, research, study, and work together on group projects. All the resources needed — computers, art supplies, research library texts, and more — are available to assist education students with their academic pursuits

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs
  • Tuition/credit hour: $550
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Instructional Technology Fee: $10/credit included in tuition
  • Internship/Practicum Fee: $325
  • Student Teaching Fee: $650
  • Certificate Fee: $40
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Returned Check Service: $30 
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fee – 30% of course tuition charge

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown listed below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

Three-Credit Courses

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Weekend and Accelerated Courses

  •  No refund is made after the course has begun.

One-Credit Courses

  •  No refund is made after the course has begun. 
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