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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)

Right now, the push to integrate arts into the fearsome foursome that is science, technology, engineering, and math is gaining momentum. Proponents reason that arts education better positions students for STEM success, that it makes them more well-rounded — with creativity and interpretive skills — to meet the needs of 21st-century employers, and that it improves students’ attitudes toward school. Hungry to introduce or enhance STEAM lessons in your class? This is the program for you.

Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) online program teaches you to connect PreK–12 education practices with the scientific and mathematical principles of critical thinking, problem-solving, and inquiry for your students. You’ll examine best practices for integrating STEAM principles across the curriculum, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math and language arts, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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NEXT START DATE
January 13th
MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 1 Year
Credits 30 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $3,000
100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
NWCCU
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Respected
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:
Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards and specific district standards

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students

Classroom Diversity Skills

Classroom Diversity Skills

An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction

Differentiation

Differentiation

The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM is a 30 credit-hour program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - STEAM
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

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Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

ON-CAMPUS/HYBRID OPTIONS

In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Is the MEd in STEAM concentration right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You’re looking to boost your confidence in teaching STEAM subjects
  • You’d love for your students to participate in more hands-on, creative projects
  • You believe in the value of integrating arts into STEM and want to advocate for STEAM

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

Child Learning
I’ve been teaching for seven years and I always try to change something around to make sure that my students are getting the best education that they can. Watching the growth within my own students as I’ve gone through my program at Concordia University-Portland has been amazing.
DEBBIE DOYLE, MEd in Curriculum &amp Instruction:
STEAM '18

MORE ON THE TOPIC OF STEAM

What makes this program so relevant today

Years ago, we used to offer a concentration in STEM. But since art is just as important as science, technology, engineering, and math, a national movement started to add the “A” and turn STEM into STEAM—and we followed suit. And keep in mind that “A” means more than painting and drawing. It means integrating the fine arts, language arts, and humanities into everyday learning. Statistics show that the earlier students are exposed to STEAM projects, the better:

  • Four out of five STEM college students said they decided to study STEM in high school or earlier, and one in five decided in middle school or earlier, according to a study by the Microsoft Corporation.
  • The number of STEAM jobs in the United States will grow by 14% between 2010 to 2020, the Department of Education predicts. This job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is “much faster” than the national average for all job sectors.

All types of learners benefit from STEAM lessons because they’re able to use their different strengths and skillsets to solve a particular problem. As an educator, you know that no two students are the same—one may learn best by listening and taking notes, and another may retain more information by looking at diagrams and other visual representations.

That’s what makes STEAM education so valuable—students are empowered to answer questions by exploring different paths to an answer. They’ll learn how to think critically and creatively, making them more well-rounded and better prepared for whatever lies ahead.

From the military to health care, your fellow classmates could be from any number of industries—and you don’t have to be a teacher to take the program. The majority of students in each course are classroom teachers at various levels, but we’ve had several professionals in both education and non-education fields take our STEAM concentration. A few examples include:

  • An Air Force officer taking it for enrichment and best practices
  • A children’s museum worker who was developing STEAM-enhanced summer programming
  • An environmental scientist whose company was exploring outdoor education and outreach programming options
  • A dental hygienist looking for information on how to do lead workshops with fellow hygienists

Room 241 blog posts about STEAM

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where a Master's in education focused on STEAM could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • Higher education instructor: STEAM learning and teaching (PreK–12)
  • Consultant/advisor in teaching STEAM (PreK–12)
  • Professional development, STEAM (PreK–12)
  • STEAM program grant proposal writer & program director, STEAM (PreK–12)
  • Learning & teaching STEAM (PreK–12) advisor to policymakers (local, state, national)
  • Curriculum director, STEAM (PreK–12)
  • Division or department chair, STEAM (PreK–12)

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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