Consider the Role of Each STEAM Discipline to Develop Student Understanding

Teacher with her students who is taking the University of San Diego's STEAM Certificate online coursesThe STEAM Certificate Program 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. This program provides a strong researched-based curricular foundation with immediate practical classroom applications.

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Who's This Certificate For?

The online STEAM Certificate Program is designed for experienced teachers who seek to become a designer of learning and enhance their skills as an educator. The program is intended for practicing teachers with teaching experience from a wide variety of classroom settings including public, charter, independent, or non-traditional schools. As a result, courses allow you to leverage knowledge, experience, and real-world application to enrich learning throughout the program.

Application Process
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Schedule & Fees

Semesterr Course # Courses (12 units) Course Start Date Course End Date Fee*
Spring 2019

EDUC 527

EDUC 507

Communication, Technology, and Curriculum Design

Creativity and Innovation in STEAM

January 22, 2019

March 12, 2019

March 11, 2019

April 29, 2019



Summer 2019

EDUC 509

EDUC 508

Engineering Design Process in Math and Science Education

Artistic Modeling and Representation in Science and Math Education

May 21, 2019

July 9, 2019

July 8, 2019

August 26, 2019



    One Time Application Fee (non-refundable)     $45
    Total Certificate Cost (4 courses)     $8,565
  All courses are taught fully online.   * Schedule and fees subject to change


Once the STEAM Certificate is completed, candidates will have the opportunity to transfer up to 12 units into USD's Online MEd degree program, pending admission.  If you intend to request transferring any of these certificate courses into a Master's program you will need a grade average of a ”B” or better and an overall 3.0 GPA or higher. 

Students will take four (4), 3-unit courses in the program for a total of 12 units. The certificate courses are identical to the courses delivered in the Online MEd program. Each semester is 14 weeks in length. Two back-to-back 7-week courses are offered each semester; so, students focus intensively on one course at a time.  The STEAM certificate can be earned in as little as two semesters.  Complete the four required certificate courses with an grade average of a ”C” or better and an overall 2.5 GPA or higher to earn a professional certificate in STEAM.

  • Apply theories of teaching mathematics and science for understanding including the development of student discourse practices, cognitive depth, and problem solving for all students
  • Develop and implement inquiry-based instructional practices that tap into students’ creativity, model-eliciting activities that show an understanding of computational thinking, and lessons that apply the lens of participatory culture and digital citizenship for use within students’ own teaching context
  • Utilize resources, including the range of platforms and social media tools, related to the integration of STEAM in the K-12 classroom
  • Analyze their own and others instructional practices relative to enacting the principles of teaching math and science for understanding, through close observation and analysis, and strengthen their assessment planning

Additional Details

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