The Hood College Graduate School--located in Frederick, Maryland--offers an Elementary STEM certificate program designed to prepare elementary teachers to engage and motivate students from their earliest school years. With the evolution of the 21st century global marketplace comes increased demand for students who excel in science, technology, engineering and math. That means today’s teachers must be well equipped to deliver a dynamic STEM-based curriculum.
The program begins by acquainting certificate candidates with the theoretical and foundational underpinnings of the STEM mindset. From there they are engaged in hands-on activities and finding solutions to real-life problems, just as their young students will. They discover — and practice — techniques that broaden STEM’s reach across disciplines. And on the way to the capstone project, they learn strategies for promoting inquiry and creative thinking in their own classrooms.
Cutting-edge career focus
Hood’s certificate program is geared to teachers who want to step up their students’ learning — and step into the exciting new career opportunities that STEM offers within education. Thanks to small classes instructed by professional educators, certificate candidates benefit from individual attention and insightful instruction based on everyday experience in the classroom. For those ready for more depth, the 15-credit certificate can be applied to a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.