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STEM Certificate (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The STEM Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics provides early childhood, elementary, special education and middle school educators with the core background skills and content knowledge necessary to become highly-qualified mathematics, science and engineering educators serving our younger students.

The courses combine math, science and engineering content with methodology at the elementary and middle school levels. The 12 graduate credits include both seated and online courses, making for a very user friendly learning experience.

Learning Outcomes

Participating teachers will:

  • Gain significant mastery of science content, preparing their students for the Massachusetts grade 5 and 8 MCAS exams and for science and technology challenges into their future.
  • Integrate earth, life and physical science concepts to solve engineering problems.  
  • Apply design process steps to solving engineering and science problems.
  • Recognize and use connections, relationships and patterns among mathematical ideas; and use representations to model and interpret physical and technical phenomena.
  • Gain the necessary mathematical skills in order to become highly qualified and competent teachers of elementary and middle school mathematics.


After completing the STEM certificate program, teachers may wish to add a Massachusetts state certification in Mathematics (1-6), Mathematics (5-8), General Science (5-8), or Mathematics/Science (combo 5-8) by taking and passing the appropriate Massachusetts MTEL exam.


For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


Science and Engineering Required Courses
Teaching Science & Technology in Early Childhood & Elementary Curr.
ELE 653 3 credit(s)
This course provides the knowledge, tools and methods for making early childhood and elementary science an exciting, hands-on learning experience for children. Educators learn how to develop lessons that address student experimentation and design techniques using readily available materials. Safe laboratory practices for the classroom are also addressed. A standards-based approach to science education is our template for lesson development, covering the major domains in science: life, physical, earth, inquiry-applied and engineering technology; and historical scientific discoveries in each area. Alignment of curriculum is emphasized; national benchmark standards in elementary science are also supported. Analysis of elementary summative science assessments, based on the National Science Standards is incorporated in the coursework. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Teaching Project-Based Science
SCI 619 1 credit(s)
Online course: This course presents the advantages of project-based science, guidelines on how to succeed in using this instructional and assessment approach, and strategies for customizing for individual school settings. Week one presents comparisons between traditional and project-based science curriculum and includes management issues and requirements for student success. Week two deals with student projects that involve science, society and decision-making and connections to service learning. Assessment and evaluation of student projects are the focus of week three. In weeks four and five, teachers develop a unit of instruction for use with their own classes and to share with online colleagues.
Science Content Courses

Choose two courses

Aquatic Ecology
SCI 601 1 credit(s)
Online course. This course leads teachers to investigate principles of ecology through examples from fresh water, marine, and other water environments. Content includes interactions among living organisms, energy flow within and among living communities, dynamics of adaptive evolution, and survival strategies. Week one focuses on the variety of water habitats from rain puddles to oceans. Week two examines adaptations of organisms for survival in water. Energy flow and interactive relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers are featured in weeks three and four. The final course week considers the human impact on aquatic environments. Each course participant becomes an in-depth expert in at least one ecosystem.
Earth's Place in the Universe
SCI 613 1 credit(s)
This course examines Earth from the perspective of its place in space, its movements and examines Earth’s relationship to the sun and moon, its place in the solar system and beyond. The first week is an exploration of earth bound celestial observations and the origins of modern astronomy. The second week we examine the movement of the Earth within our solar system including a look at gravity and orbits. Week three features an in-depth look at the moon and its motion including eclipses, phases and tides. In week four we explore the sun and the reasons we have seasons on Earth. Our final week we look beyond our solar system to explore that Earth and its solar system are one of many in the Milky Way galaxy. The course is cross-disicplinary when appropriate and is especially designed for teachers who are currently teaching or who are preparing to teach courses in earth science.
Earth's History
SCI 617 1 credit(s)
Online course. This course focuses on the basic geologic principles that have shaped the history of the earth, integrating thematic content in the life and earth sciences with a chronological approach. Week one sets the stage with a review of basic geological principles and field geology. Week two presents the earth's first billion years with the formation of the earth and moon. Reading the fossil record is covered in week three with evolution and extinction providing the major themes. The Proterozoic and Paleozoic eras are the focus of week four, and the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras are covered in week five.
Electricity and Magnetism
SCI 603 1 credit(s)
This course explores concepts in electricity and magnetism by addressing basic topics and fundamental misconceptions. Topics include electrostatic charging; charge separation and its role in electric pressure, current electricity, and the circuits through which it moves; Ohm’s Law; schematic diagrams; and current that flows from wall outlets—all leading to exploration of the intimate relationship between magnetism and electricity.
Structure of the Earth
SCI 607 1 credit(s)
Online course. This course examines the physical earth including its internal structure and the processes that make it an ever-changing place. Week one begins by looking at rock formation and its characteristics. The second week explores sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic processes and their contribution to the rock cycle. Week three takes a close-up look at constructive forces of earthquakes and volcanoes and at weathering, erosion, and other destructive forces that re-shape earth’s surface. Finally, in week four, the learner digs deep into the inner depths of the planet to examine plate motion and plate tectonic theory and in week five a geological locale project pulls together greater understanding of the forces which help shape and drive our dynamic earth.
Mathematics Courses
Arithmetic to Algebra: Developing Patterns and Ideas (K-8)
MAT 603 3 credit(s)
This course explores the relationship between the study of arithmetic and of algebra in grades K-8. Teachers explore selected mathematical concepts at an adult level and discuss how children develop an understanding of it. They explore ways to facilitate classroom learning, and effective activities and materials that enhance learning of algebraic concepts and skills. They learn how to use vertical acceleration to connect arithmetic to algebra.
Diagnosis & Remediation of Learning Problems in Mathematics (K-12)
MAT 708 3 credit(s)
This course examines the nature of mathematics learning, major types of mathematics learning problems, and their etiology. It discusses possible causes of these problems and suggests remediation strategies that teachers and parents can use to help children learn mathematics more effectively. Teachers focus on selected areas of mathematics at the K-8 levels that challenge children, and on how to remediate and facilitate mathematics learning in classroom and one-to-one settings.

Program Chair

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

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  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

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State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2018, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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