Integrative STEM Education Methods

Develop the best practices for integrating science, technology, engineering and math into the early childhood classroom through Millersville University's Integrative STEM Education Methods program.

Why Study This Program?

With a growing interest in integrative learning approaches in education, aspiring educators gain valuable and marketable skills through Millersville University's Integrative STEM Education Methods minor. The overall goal of this program is to prepare future early childhood education teachers to integrate STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), as well as other subject areas into the curriculum. 

STEM is becoming an increasingly popular focus in schools as educators strive to help their students achieve new standards and become literate consumers and citizens. It is important that future educators understand this growing subject area and know how to help their students grasp the topics and utilize them effectively. 

The Integrative STEM Education Methods minor is specifically designed for MU students in the Early Childhood Education major or the Early Childhood Education and Special Education dual major. Students who complete this program are eligible to apply for the Integrative STEM Education Endorsement on their teaching certificate through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Millersville University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the American Association of University Women.

What Will You Learn?

The Integrative STEM Education Methods minor is a required sequence of courses that best prepares future educators to plan, implement and assess integrative STEM education programs at the PreK-4 grade level. The coursework that makes up this minor is specifically designed to teach you how to integrate science, technology, engineering and math in the early childhood classroom in ways that are developmentally appropriate, using hands-on materials. Students in this minor are not just taking extra math or science courses. Instead, they are learning how all the pieces work together in a problem-based learning environment to build deeper understandings.

The six-course sequence starts with an introduction to early childhood education, followed by explorations of integrative STEM pedagogy, product design, children's engineering, experiential strategies and integrative learning.