Problem Based Learning: Effective Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement in STEM

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for STEM Center Participants Only

This course teaches practitioners how to more effectively develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lessons with high student engagement. Participants will review pertinent research for Problem Based Learning (PBL) explore the engineering design process, experience math strategies firsthand and apply them to student learning. Educators will have opportunities for peer observations and self-reflection to apply course content to their current practice. Class assignments are designed to be applied techniques for immediate use.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for STEM educators.


Must attend USNA SET Sail Summer Training prior to enrolling in this course.

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What You Will Learn

  • Use problem based learning techniques
  • Review pertinent research for problem based learning
  • Create action plan to incorporate STEM activities into student learning
  • Investigate and research methods for modeling and coaching on brain research for educators


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.