Elementary STEM Endorsement

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DSC_0899_2Through a collaborative partnership between the Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME), an Elementary STEM Endorsement program began at the University of Utah in Fall 2015.

The six-course Elementary STEM Endorsement Program will take place over 20 months. It is designed to develop practicing K-6 teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math. The University of Utah, in partnership with Granite and Salt Lake City School Districts, is offering rigorous, high-quality coursework and opportunities to interact with STEM faculty at the U. The cohort-based program allows teachers to collaborate and learn together as they work through fundamental concepts in the elementary science course. Courses are university-level classes intended to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of STEM content, teaching and learning. All courses have required assignments¬† and the expectation that teachers will share their STEM expertise with others at their school, district, and across the state.

The 20-Month Course Sequence includes:

  • Nature of Science & Engineering (Fall 2015)
  • Energy in STEM for Elementary Teachers (Spring 2016)
  • Matter in STEM for Elementary Teachers (Summer 2016)
  • Forces in STEM for Elementary Teachers (Summer 2016)
  • Data Analysis & Problem Solving (Fall 2017)
  • STEM Practices – Capstone Course (Spring 2017)

Tuition for the program is covered by the STEM Action Center and the USOE, but participants will be required to pay a $50 fee per course.
The Elementary STEM Endorsement is currently closed to enrollment.

For more information, contact:
Granite School District – Megan Black, msblack@graniteschools.org
Salt Lake City School District – Ken O’Brien, kenlobrien@slcschools.org
Center for Science & Mathematics Education РJessica Dwyer, jessica.dwyer@utah.edu

Or, download the STEM Endorsement flyer.