Loras College will begin offering a master’s-level program for elementary, middle, and high school teachers who want to improve both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) content knowledge and pedagogical skills to help their students meet the Next Generation Science Standards
and Common Core State Standards
. The program will approach STEM areas as a single integrated discipline, use real-world, place-based problems, and emphasize interdisciplinary instruction and learning.
The MA program will be delivered with face to face summer components and online courses during the regular academic terms by interdisciplinary faculty teams.
“Loras College has a long tradition of interdisciplinary education, successful outcomes and 90%+ graduate and professional placement rates in sciences and mathematics, an ABET-accredited engineering program, and faculty expertise in mathematics and science education. For example, math and science education faculty have been delivering Title II grant-funded professional development activities for teachers for 10 years through the Lesson-Study and Communities of Exemplary Practice (science/math education) initiatives, awarded by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa,” explained Cheryl Jacobsen
, Ph.D., Loras College Provost.
The program addresses the need for a technologically-proficient workforce with increasing globalization, and reflects efforts made at the national level and by the State of Iowa to encourage students to consider careers in STEM and to expand access to such careers by improving STEM education.
“Graduates of the program will be able to take what they’ve learned back into their classrooms and apply it for the benefit of their students. The program uses an integrated approach to STEM topics and concentrates on delivering STEM concepts to all students, using an approach that is contextual and addresses real-world problems,” explained Becky Monhardt,
Ph.D., Chair of the Division of Education at Loras College.
Teachers who would like to learn more about the program can contact Mike Friend
, Admission, at 563-588-7166.
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