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Considering the Role of Each STEAM Discipline to Develop Student Understanding

The STEAM masters specialization takes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to the next level by adding Arts (liberal, social, manual, physical and fine arts) to the framework for integrated instruction. STEAM empowers teachers to employ a project-based learning approach that crosses all of these disciplines in solving everyday problems. This approach aligns with Common Core Standards and has been shown to engage students and allow them to use both left and right brained thinking in the same exercise.

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Course of Study

Earn this online Master of Education degree specializing in STEAM by completing 10 courses (3-units each) for 30 units of coursework. Your online Masters in Education program consists of five foundation courses including a capstone action research project as well as five specialization courses. You may begin your study in any semester with any of the courses offered. The Capstone Seminar is the final course in the program and builds on knowledge gained in the research and specialization courses. Earn your masters in STEAM at the University of San Diego today.


At a Glance

20 months
30 Units
$710
January 10
December 2

PROGRAM COURSE CURRICULUM

The Master of Education with STEAM specialization program spans over five different semesters which includes a mandatory orientation course. Each semester is fourteen weeks and is split into two different courses. The first course is seven weeks and the second course is seven weeks. Below is a sample outline of what the span of the MEd with STEAM masters specialization program may look like:

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Orientation

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This course introduces you to the University of San Diego and provides important information about the program. Throughout the orientation, …

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Semester 1

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Analysis of the American educational system with a particular focus on issues of diversity, inequity, conflict and social justice within a s…

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3

An exploration of educational strategies and classroom approaches that leverage the multi-dimensional connections between artistic, scientif…

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3

Semester 2

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Explore key cognitive studies on human cognition and learning. You will critically discuss research and contemporary debates on cognitive pr…

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Investigation of classroom practices that contribute to historical and contemporary inequities in learning outcomes in STEAM subjects for st…

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Semester 3

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Introduction to the major educational research methods and paradigms with an emphasis on reflective, practitioner-directed inquiry. The cour…

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Theoretical and practical exploration of the use of technology to transform learning and teaching in the K-12 classroom. Investigation into …

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Semester 4

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Applied exploration of qualitative research methodologies such as ethnography, grounded theory, case-study and cross-case comparisons, surve…

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Investigation of the intersection between conceptual understanding and real-world application with a focus on the engineering design process…

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Semester 5

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As a Masters student in Learning and Teaching, candidates have the option of three culminating final projects: studies employing action rese…

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Examination of points of convergence and divergence in the creative processes of artists, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Student…

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