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The STEM Education Endorsement is comprised of 4 graduate courses in STEM (ECSE 7274, ECSE 7275, ECSE 7276 and ECSE 7277), and is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This endorsement will provide focused professional development for certified education professionals to use the principles of STEM education in their teaching practice. Successful completion of all 4 courses qualifies certified teachers in the state of Georgia to apply for the STEM Education Endorsement, which is an add-on to their Georgia teaching certificate. All four courses can be transferred into the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 12
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
ECSE-7274 - Introduction to Community-Based STEM Education
Students will be introduced to the concepts and skills necessary to develop an effective community-based STEM education project as well as the dispositions, knowledge, and teaching skills needed to teach integrated STEM lessons to students in grades P-12.
ECSE-7275 - STEM Mathematics for Social Justice
Concepts and materials which are appropriate for mathematics education integrated with science, technology, and engineering for P-12 children will be investigated. In addition, STEM education is considered through the lens of social justice, equity, and community-based learning.
ECSE-7276 - STEM Investigations through Ecojustice
This course will introduce students to research in science education that promotes awareness for multiple perspectives and considers diverse aspects of STEM efforts within the community. Through a focus on ecojustice issues, the student will develop skills necessary to contextualize science instruction for effective community-based STEM initiatives as well as the dispositions, knowledge, and skills needed to teach integrated STEM lessons to students in P-12.
ECSE-7277 - Designing Community-Based STEM Education
The purpose of this course is to foster an understanding of how teachers and STEM experts can influence education and impact communities through committed interactions and the sharing of knowledge. Prior STEM understanding will be enhanced through development of integrated STEM projects for the in-service teacher, elementary and secondary classroom, and for dispersal within the community. Through increased opportunity for action and dialogue associated with socio-cultural issues, students will become adept at identifying avenues for involvement in STEM that encourage community involvement as a means of promoting social justice.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
- 2.75 GPA from your Bachelor’s Degree Program
- Hold a level four (4) or higher renewable professional certificate in any teaching field, service, or leadership and complete other requirements outlined in GaPSC Rule 505-3- .94 ENDORSEMENTS.
- Hold a level four (4) or higher Induction certificate in any teaching or service field and complete other requirements outlined in GaPSC Rule 505-2-.14 ENDORSEMENTS.
- Be currently enrolled in a UWG graduate program
Currently enrolled UWG students:
Students who are currently enrolled in a University of West Georgia graduate degree program in the College of Education should talk with their advisor if they are interested in adding the STEM Education Endorsement courses to their existing program of study.
The list of Graduate School Admission Deadlines is located here.
Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here
College of Education:
The The Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education website includes projected course offerings, program sheets, and other vital information.
The list of Graduate School Admission Deadlines is located here.
- Objective 1: The program will prepare candidates who demonstrate their understanding of STEM education as an interdisciplinary endeavor by demonstrating their ability to apply rigorous content across STEM and STEM related disciplines.
- Objective 2: The program will prepare candidates who demonstrate that they understand and can engage learners in the ways of thinking and habits of mind used in STEM and STEM related disciplines.
- Objective 3: The program will prepare candidates who understand and demonstrate the role of meaningful collaboration and partnerships.
- Objective 4: The program will prepare candidates who demonstrate the ability to engage students using STEM and STEM related discipline pedagogical practices.
- Objective 5: The program will provide candidates with authentic experiences in STEM and STEM related careers and teaching environments (a clinical component).