Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
STEM Studies at Hofstra University is a bachelor of arts degree program, designed for students also majoring in elementary education. Students who major in STEM will have a broad understanding of the scientific and mathematical foundations of the natural and human-made worlds. This is exactly the type of knowledge that elementary school teachers tend currently to lack, but increasingly need, in order to provide more meaningful educational experiences for their students.
The courses for the major are primarily those from science, math and engineering disciplinary offerings from Hofstra College for Liberal Arts and Sciences and the new School of Engineering and Applied Science.
There is a need locally, regionally, and nationally for better prepared elementary school teachers, especially in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). This is because as societies become more technologically complex, and as that complexity affects the natural world, the development of greater understanding of the natural and human-made worlds becomes increasingly important.
Hagedorn Hall, the home of Hofstra University’s School of Education, features the STEM Studio, a teaching and learning lab that offers a distinctive problem-based curriculum of math and science design challenges customized for grades 3-8. Hofstra students have the opportunity to work with children who visit from local elementary schools on a regular basis throughout each academic year. (The Motorola Solutions Foundation has underwritten the class visits to Hofstra.)