At both the state and national level, the importance of a technologically literate workforce is essential to meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.

Preparing students for this workforce depends not only on producing high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors, but also improving their ability to communicate STEM concepts and work effectively with others. Whether they become doctors, teachers, or engineers, it is imperative that STEM majors are able to work in a variety of collaborative environments. Paramount to creating collaborative environments is recognizing the inherent strengths in embracing diverse perspectives, creating safe and affirming spaces, and valuing social justice and equitable teaching/learning.

The STEM Education Certificate provides STEM majors with skills in how to effectively communicate STEM related concepts, as well as an awareness of discipline-specific approaches to teaching and learning. Students enrolled in the STEM Education Certificate become part of a supportive CU Teach community. They work collaboratively teaching STEM concepts in local elementary and secondary schools and also experience working with youth in programs across campus and in the community. Moreover, the STEM Education Certificate allows students to graduate with a skill set that can be applied in business and industry, while providing them required foundational courses if they choose to complete a secondary mathematics or science teaching license. 

The STEM Education Certificate is a collaborative venture between the School of Education, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences and focuses on creating learning environments that support the sharing of diverse perspectives in the process of solving interesting and relevant mathematical, scientific and engineering problems.


Student Eligibility

Degree-seeking undergraduate students majoring in math, science or engineering (through Engineering Plus) are eligible to enroll in the STEM Education Certificate. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the STEM Education Certificate courses. 

Many of the courses included in the STEM Education Certificate are also applicable to the curriculum for obtaining licensure in secondary math or science; thus, students who decide to pursue a STEM secondary teaching license will be able to do so in a timely manner (approximately two additional semesters plus student teaching).

Required Courses and Credits

Courses and Minimum Required Credit Hours
EDUC 2035Designing STEM Learning Environments and Experiences3-4
or EDUC 2020
EDUC 2030
Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching STEM
and Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
EDUC 4050Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
Choose two:6
Energy and Interactions
Teaching and Learning Math: Calculus, Trig and Adv Functions
Perspectives on Mathematics
Teaching and Learning Physics
Assessment in Mathematics and Science Education
Teaching and Learning Biology
Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Number Sense
Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Algebraic Thinking
Teaching and Learning Chemistry
Teaching and Learning Earth Systems
Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Geometry & Measurement
Teaching and Learning Computational Thinking
Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Probability & Statistics
Teaching Design
Total Credit Hours12-13

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must complete a total of 15 hours in various STEM education and outreach institutions that partner with CU Teach (Possible collaborators/venues include tutoring in BVSD, SVVSD, CU Science Discovery, CU Fiske Planetarium, WOW! Children’s Museum, Destination Imagination, Butterfly Pavilion, and Science Fair judging). Students may propose their own partnership/collaboration (future or in the past) for approval by a co-chair of CU Teach.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand disciplinary-specific approaches to STEM.
  • Effectively communicate STEM related concepts in educational, business and industry settings.
  • Apply for the secondary licensure program.