5 Year Dual B.A./M.A. in STEM
The bachelor of arts degree is designed as a co-major for future elementary school teachers majoring in elementary education who wish to have a broad background in the liberal arts with a focus on STEM areas. The courses for the major are primarily those from science, math and engineering disciplinary offerings. There are two STEM designated integrative courses that students will take at the end of the program, one integrates STEM from a science or natural world perspective and the other integrates STEM from an engineering or human-made world perspective. In the third year students begin their education courses and in their fourth year begin to take graduate courses toward their MA in ELED/STEM.
This is a unique program firstly because at the end of four years the students in this program will fulfill the requirements for New York State initial certificate to teach early childhood and/or childhood education. In all other five year BA/MA ELED programs on Long Island certification requirements are finished at the end of the fifth year. Secondly, there are no graduate programs on Long Island that specialize in either elementary math, science or STEM, so our difference is obvious. The uniqueness of this program and the local, regional, and national call for STEM teachers makes this program a good choice for those seeking a Master’s Degree.
- David Burghardt (undergraduate STEM advisor)
Professor of Engineering
201A Weed Hall
Phone: (516) 463-5550
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M.A. in Elementary Education: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Interested in mathematics, science or technology in the elementary grades? The MA/MST program has a great deal to offer. We are seeking applicants, who are already initially certified to teach, to join us in improving children's learning in math, science and technology in grades PK-6. Our program is 13 years old with over 250 graduates who have gone on to be wonderful teachers and resources in math and science for their schools and school districts.
You will expand your content and pedagogical abilities with a culminating action research project focusing on the children's learning where you apply the knowledge and skills you have gained in the MA/MST program. In the program, the T means education and information technology as well as design technology. For instance, children design model buildings using ratio and proportion as well as geometric reasoning. There is an emphasis on multiple forms of assessment and strategies for successfully employing these in times of high stakes testing. One of the strengths of the program is that you will learn strategies for interconnecting math and science using technology and design. Our research has shown that these strategies improve all students' learning.
The culmination of the students' work is the Master Thesis. This is an original piece of research conducted in the teacher's own classroom (or a classroom where you are placed by the University). The thesis involves the creation and implementation of an integrated mathematics, science and technology unit and the design and completion of a research study of the unit's associated learning outcomes. Students present a summary of their research in a Poster Session at the end of the program.
- Irene Plonczak (Program Co-Director)
141 Hagedorn Hall
Phone: (516) 463-6116
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- Eileen Simons (Program Co-Director)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
272 Hagedorn Hall
Phone: (516) 463-6468
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Advanced Certificate in Elementary Math Specialist
This Advanced Certificate program prepares elementary school teachers for on-site positions as elementary school mathematics specialists who serve as resources to their peer teachers. They will be prepared in mathematics content, pedagogical alternatives, reform-based curriculum, multiple assessment methodologies and leadership skills.
This program is intended for teachers who have a master’s degree, are currently certified in elementary education and who are seeking continued professional development. Students who complete this program will:
- Know mathematics, elementary curriculum and pedagogy;
- Understand students as diverse learners of mathematics with a variety of learning styles; and
- Be proficient in the procedures and practices of professional development.
On average, students complete this program in 3 semesters.
- For more up to date admission requirements and the curriculum guide, click here.