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K-6 STEAM (STEM + the Arts)

Online Graduate Certificate in K-6 STEAM (STEM + the Arts)

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$0 Application Fee
$0 Transfer Credit Evaluation
0 Entrance Exams
No GRE/GMAT Required

About This Program

Prepare to guide students in becoming innovative, creative thinkers ready for the 21st-century workplace by enrolling in the K-6 STEAM (STEM + the Arts) graduate certificate program at American Public University (APU).

APU’s online STEAM education program focuses on curriculum development and lesson plan creation for educators wishing to integrate the visual and performing arts with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This program, featuring strong technology integration, challenges you to develop interdisciplinary K-6 STEAM content for face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid formal and informal instructional settings. To prepare you for teaching STEAM, coursework includes exposure to humane education and space studies.

This nonlicensure program is designed for licensed K-6 teachers, as well as instructors of park, community, camp, and homeschool programs.

NOTE: This program has specific admission requirements. It does not award professional licensure and does not qualify you to apply for teaching licensure. This program may be helpful in preparing to earn certain professional certifications. The program is not eligible for federal student aid.

What You Will Do

  1. Apply STEM/STEAM theory, research, and evidence-based practices in K-6 school or community settings
  2. Devise ways to use global and local resources and experts in STEAM areas to support K-6 students’ learning
  3. Create interdisciplinary K-6 STEAM lesson plans for formal or informal instructional settings

Program at a Glance

Number of Credits
18
Cost Per Credit
$370 | $250*
Courses Start Monthly
Online

Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 4177

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This course emphasizes the objectives, methods, instruction, and integration of elementary school mathematics and science through a STEAM (STEM + the Arts) lens. Educators will examine research related to elementary school mathematics and science instruction with an emphasis on innovative programs and approaches. Activities include analyzing and evaluating educational trends, curricular materials, and techniques related to teaching mathematics and science to elementary school children. Additional topics include brain-based learning, technology integration, thematic/integrated instruction, and quality children’s literature as enhancements to facilitate children’s understanding of math and science/STEAM concepts and skills. (Prerequisite: EDUC503)
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 4357

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In this course candidates will develop an understanding of the structure of the different types of software/genres (e. g. application, drill and practice, tutorial and simulation), and their effect on raising student achievement. Candidates will gain an appreciation for the types of online learning experiences that will enhance the online student experience. Scholarly literature that addresses student achievement gains via technology will be examined. Candidates will be introduced to a typology for software and interactive web experiences that predict the effect of student achievement based on the unique features of interactive product. (Candidates in the M. Ed. Teaching-Concentration in Secondary Social Studies program must take the 16-week course version per the West Virginia Board of Education-no exceptions.)
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 4176

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This course explores how technology may be used as a tool to facilitate changes in the ways teachers teach and students learn, and ultimately to examine how teachers can use technology more efficiently and effectively to improve student achievement. The course also examines how educators can increase their productivity by using technology for communication and collaboration among colleagues, staff, parents, students, and the larger community. This course addresses the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T), developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (Prerequisite: EDUC503)
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 3711

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This course serves as an introduction to the APUS Space Studies Master’s program. It describes on the main concentrations in Space Studies: Astronomy, Aerospace Science, Space Policy, and Space Entrepreneurship. It also focuses on the technical writing proficiency expectation for graduate study and the importance of the peer review process in scientific literature. The course explores both current and future directions in NASA space exploration. It also introduces the new United States Space Force (USSF), and considers the implications of the USSF for the direction of our country’s space exploration policy.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 4647

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The course addresses visual and performing arts standards and their integration across core elementary curriculum. The course is designed to introduce elementary teacher candidates to the application of visual and performing arts content across the areas of mathematics, science, language/literature, and history/social sciences, including current events and humane topics. The course focuses on learning about, with, and through the arts.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 01/23/22 Fall 2021 Session A 16 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 02/20/22 Fall 2021 Session K 16 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 04/24/22 Winter 2022 Session A 16 Week session

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Oct 4
Register by Oct 1

Admission Requirements

All APU master's degree and graduate programs require a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, the following is required for admission into this program. All documentation must be provided prior to course registration:

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or a master’s transcript showing conferral of a degree.
  • Graduate writing sample.
  • School of Education Non-Certification Questionnaire.
  • Statement of Understanding (SOU).

Please read all graduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation including a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students).

If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.

There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

IMPORTANT NOTES

You are required to take EDUC671 as the first course in this degree program, but other courses may be taken in conjunction with EDUC671. It is recommended that you take EDUC549 as the last course in this program, but other courses may be taken concurrently.

This program does not lead to state certification or licensure, nor can it be used to maintain state licensure or certification. We strongly encourage you to explore your state-specific requirements prior to applying here in order to make an informed decision. In addition, you may email our coordinator of certification and licensure at certification@apus.edu.

An APU admissions representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $65 per course | $0 for active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists.

Need Help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

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*Cost Per Credit Hour

To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.
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