University Catalog 2024-2025

Learning STEM in Informal Contexts (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Learning STEM in Informal Contexts (LSIC) is a 12-hour program designed for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge and skills related to learning in informal settings, including classroom teachers, informal/nonformal science (e.g., museum, zoo, aquaria) educators, or graduate students in STEM or natural science disciplines.

This program offers the opportunity for educators to:

  • Learn about educational theory, research in practice, and how to evaluate learning in informal contexts.
  • Engage in community-engaged scholarship through co-developed projects with community partners who provide informal learning opportunities.

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Students must meet the following requirements for admission into the LSIC graduate certificate program:

  • Have a BS/BA degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university or an MAT/MS/MED.
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale on the most recent degree earned.

Applicant Information

  • Delivery Method: On-Campus
  • Entrance Exam: None
  • Interview Required: None

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: April 15

Plan Requirements

Required Courses6
Learning in Informal Contexts: Theory to Practice
Learning in Informal Contexts: Evaluation
Elective Courses6
Select six hours of coursework from the following courses:
Elementary STEM Learning in Informal Settings
Teaching Environmental Education (Pending ABGS Approval)
Foundations Of Science Education
Introduction to Research in Science Education
Design of Tools and Learning Environments in STEM Education
Independent Study in EMS
Research Projects In Mathematics and Science Education
Contemporary Research and Critical Issues in STEM Education *
Total Hours12

EMS 791 Contemporary Research and Critical Issues in STEM Education is for Doctoral Students only.