Real-world, place-based problems are an opportunity for students to ask meaningful questions, to make connections across many content areas and to discover new knowledge. But, traditional approaches to instruction do not frame learning within the context of inquiry. Teaching students to think from multiple perspectives is essential for the 21st century learner.
The online Integrated STEM Master of Arts program at Loras College supports teachers in deepening the strategies they can use to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills in their students. Using real-world, place-based problems as the starting point, our faculty draw from many disciplines to engage students in learning. This interdisciplinary approach blurs the boundaries across content areas which is critical to fostering innovative and creative thinking in our students and preparing teachers as STEM leaders.
Looking to pursue your Iowa K-8 or 5-8 STEM endorsement? We offer five courses within the STEM Master’s program that meet the STEM-specific requirements of this endorsement. If you are a licensed teacher wanting to pursue the K-8 or 5-8 STEM visit our endorsement page.
This program promotes a collaborative
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The Loras College Master of Arts in STEM Education is an online program that takes just over two years to complete. (Two courses during the summers and one or two courses each fall and spring) The 33-credit program is designed to meet the needs of formal and informal educators working with students in elementary through middle school grades. Teachers wanting to pursue the State of Iowa’s STEM Endorsement can take the specific coursework to meet these requirements through the program. Please see the attached listing of courses and their schedule for further information.
The online Integrated STEM Master’s Program and STEM Endorsement coursework meet the needs of working professionals.
Curriculum enhances the professional competencies of educators and provides skills and strategies that can be applied immediately in the classroom.
The program prepares teachers to be STEM leaders.
The program is innovative and interdisciplinary. It views STEM as a single integrated discipline.
Learning is contextual with an emphasis on relevant issues in real world settings.
Courses are taught by faculty in the Education, Science, Mathematics and Engineering departments.
The online format allows you to pursue your STEM master’s degree or your STEM Endorsement coursework while you continue to teach.
All requirements can be completed in just over two years.
Students take seven-week classes in fall and spring semesters and four-week classes during summer term.
REPUTATION OF EXCELLENCE
Loras has a strong, positive reputation for providing professional development in the STEM fields to regional educators. Area middle school teachers have participated in Loras’ Communities of Exemplary Practice (ref. CFDA 84.367B), a professional development program funded by the Verizon Foundation, Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and instructed by education and STEM faculty. Area elementary and middle school teachers have participated in the Loras’ Lesson Study Project funded by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Our programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Q. How long will it take to complete the master’s program?
A. This online program can be completed in just over two years time.
Q. Will the program accept graduate transfer credit?
A. No. This integrated STEM education program is so unique that it must be completed in its entiretly at Loras College.Students only interested in either the Iowa K-8 or 5-8 STEM endorsements would be able to use transfer credits from science and mathematics content coursework.
Q. Do I need prerequisites for admission to the program?
A. A teaching certificate or valid evidence that you educate students or work with teachers in an informal capacity is the only prerequisite.
Q. How do I apply for the Master’s in STEM Education at Loras College?
A. Click here for application Instructions and checklist
Q. What is the cost of the program?
A. The Master’s program is priced competitively with other online graduate education programs. For specific details visit our Tuition and Fees page.
Q. Can I start the program anytime of year?
A. Students may begin the Master’s program or endorsement coursework during the summer or spring blocks.
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