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Montessori teachers can become STEM-certified at St. Kate's

Applications are now open for a summer 2012 session offering the only graduate certificate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the country designed specifically for Montessori teachers.

The M-STEM graduate certificate program will be offered jointly through St. Catherine University’s Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs and the National Center for STEM Elementary Education.

Students will earn a 15-credit graduate STEM certificate for teaching Montessori. In addition, American Montessori Society members will receive an AMS Certificate for Continuing Professional Development.

Team-taught by STEM and Montessori faculty who integrate content with teaching techniques, the program pairs in-depth, hands-on learning for two, one-week intensive summer sessions with online mentoring and personal support during the academic year to help integrate STEM lessons into curriculum.

In addition, lesson-study peer groups build communities of support to help students adapt and improve their STEM-teaching techniques throughout the length of the program.

Preparing Montessori teachers for the future

Becoming STEM-certified offers Montessori teachers an opportunity to help their schools address changing engineering standards for elementary students, while developing curriculum around current science, mathematics and technology standards.

In M-STEM courses, teachers learn engineering and earth science concepts and design principles that are integrated with mathematics in hands-on activities and projects. Through instruction, they also develop techniques to teach these concepts to elementary students.

Faculty members offer support to participating teachers to help them develop a scope and sequence that integrates STEM content with their existing Montessori curriculum.

St. Catherine University – a leader in STEM elementary education

St. Catherine University has a long history in teacher preparation and the National Center for STEM Elementary Education was created to advance systemic and sustainable STEM programs for K-8 teachers — both traditional and those with Montessori credentials — helping them to integrate STEM concepts into their schools' curriculum.

The Montessori STEM Graduate Certificate program was developed as part of a multi-year grant from the Medtronic Foundation.

More about the graduate certificate in STEM for Montessori

  • It includes two intensive one-week sessions on campus with online learning and support throughout the academic year
  • The first course will be July 9-August 10, 2012 with the on-campus session, July 16-July 21, 2012
  • The first course is followed by mentoring and support during the academic year
  • The second on-campus session will be held in July 2013
  • A STEM tool kit is provided
  • Mathematics forms the foundation for earth science and engineering concepts and content
  • Technology tools enhance content delivery

To learn more about the M-STEM graduate certificate program visit the National Center for STEM Elementary Education website, email St. Kate’s Graduate Admissions or call 651-690-6933.

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March 30, 2012 by Julie Michener

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