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Prepare to change you career, and the lives of students.

No teaching degree? With a master’s degree in teaching STEM you can earn an initial teaching certificate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The program’s course work leads to certifications in math or science for grades 5-9 or in biology, chemistry, earth science, math, or physics for grades 9-12. 

Since Southeast has been preparing educators since 1873, you can feel confident in our history, our reputation, and our accreditation. We're fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  

What to Expect

The Master of Arts in Teaching STEM program prepares you to create 

curriculum and instructional material development, integrate technology, develop a classroom management plant,assess students and build effective relationships with students, families, and educational partners.  More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Participate in field experience and student teaching. 
  • Specialize in: middle school math or science; highschool biology, chemistry, or physics.  
  • Work with and learn from faculty with practical experience and an interest in student success.  

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Professor in the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education

"In order to promote a sense of community and collaboration, I design each class to address active student engagement where my philosophy centers on the constructivist approach to learning. "

Dr. Lisa Bertrand, Ed.D.

Headshot of Dr. Lisa Bertrand, Ed.D.

Teaching in STEM Curriculum

The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on factors such as dual enrollment, remediation, and summer enrollment. Students meet with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress.

Full Admission: Mathematics or Science Certification Grades 9-12:

  • BA/BS in the content area or closely related field that meets the required content competencies for the license.
  • 2.75 Cumulative Undergraduate GPA
  • 3.0 Undergraduate Content GPA
  • Pre-Requisite Courses:
    • PY222 Adolescent Development (or equivalent
      course)
    • EX390 Psychology of the Exceptional Child or EX
      635 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (or equivalent
      course)
  • Successful passage of Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) in the appropriate content area as defined by the Missouri Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Full Admission: Mathematics or Science Certification Grades 5-9:

  • BA/BS in the content area or 24 credit hours of completed courses that meet the required content competencies for the license.
    • Math – 24 hours of math must include courses in College Algebra, Geometry, and Applied or Pre-Calculus.
    • Science – 24 hours of science with a minimum of 8 hours of physical and 8 hours of life science courses.
  • 2.75 Cumulative Undergraduate GPA
  • 3.0 Undergraduate Content GPA
  • Pre-Requisite Courses:
    • PY222 Adolescent Development (or equivalent course)
    • EX390 Psychology of the Exceptional Child or EX635 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (or equivalent course)
  • Successful passage of Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) in the appropriate content area as defined by the Missouri Department of Middle and Secondary Education.
Note: Probationary admission can be granted if PY222 and EX390 are taken during the program as co-requisites.

STEM Education – 33 hours required – 3.0 GPA Required

Required Courses:

  • SE602 Effective Literacy Instruction at the Middle and Secondary Levels (3)
  • SE612 Responsive Literacy for Middle and High School Students with Academic Challenges (3)
  • SE650 Introduction to Teaching Methods in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE651 Introductory Practicum 1 in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE654 Advanced Methods of Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE655 Techniques of Teaching STEM Content (3)
  • SE660 Intermediate Practicum 2 in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE670 Internship in Middle and Secondary Schools (8)

Choose 4 hours:

  • SE652 Intermediate Methods of Teaching in Middle Schools (4)
  • SE653 Intermediate Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools (4)

Degree Requirements

The field experience component requires practicums within the appropriate certification grade-band and content area. These will occur during the mornings and/or afternoons. The field work must be completed in approved settings, under the supervision of a certified teacher and qualified university supervisor. This field work may be completed in the graduate student’s workplace, if the setting meets the requirements.

Certification

The state of Missouri has high expectations for future educators. Students must meet the following standards to be recommended for licensure following degree completion. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all required program courses. In addition, students must pass the MO Educator Evaluation System for recommendation for licensure, and fulfill other assessments such as a dispositions profile and be cleared through an FBI background check.

Semester 1 (6 Hours):

  • SE602 (3)
  • SE650 (3)

Milestone: Maintain 3.0 GPA

Semester 2 (7 Hours):

  • SE651 (3)
  • SE652/653 (4)

Milestone: Maintain 3.0 GPA

Semester 3 (12 Hours):

  • SE612 (3)
  • SE654 (3)
  • SE655 (3)
  • SE660 (3)

Milestone: Maintain 3.0 GPA

Semester 4 (8 Hours):

  • SE670 (8)

Milestone: Maintain 3.0 GPA; all professional education coursework complete

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Accreditations

  • Apple Distinguished School logo
  • CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Online: MAT STEM Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

What Can You Do with a MAT in STEM?

Earning a master’s degree in STEM allows you to enter the field of education with sought after knowledge. STEM education is a high demand field, with teachers certified in mathematics and science being especially needed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment opportunities for middle school and high school teachers are expected to grow by 4%.

Exceptional Child Education by the Numbers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $68K

    Preschool Special Education Teachers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Preschool special education teachers is $68,110.

  • 2

    National Recognitions

    The College of Education has received national recognition for excellence from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), & Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

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Mailing Address
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