This Master’s program has been developed within the Erasmus+ project “Integrated approach to STEM teacher training” (STEM).
Level of the program: Master’s degree program, 2 years, 120 ECTS
Qualification awarded: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Language of instruction: Russian and English
Learn more about the program here - https://www.study.sfedu.ru/stem
Experts predict that in coming years approximately 75 percent of all new jobs will require qualifications and skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. However, a large part of schoolchildren does not choose STEM careers.
Nowadays, it is more important than ever to raise young people’s interest in STEM subjects and prepare them to solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow. Teachers of STEM subjects have to meet different requirements in and out of school to facilitate children learning. A new approach to teaching and learning has created a need for teachers with a new mindset and skills.
The “Theories and Technologies of STEM education” Master’s program has been designed to meet this need. The main goal of the program is to train STEM teachers capable to integrate STEM activities across learning areas and age groups to build children's skills and content knowledge in STEM fields.
STEM Master’s curriculum is based on an integrated approach. In the first semester, students will acquire general knowledge about the main features and advantages of STEM integrated education: understanding of the STEM being at the forefront of education in modern society and professional approaches within STEM. The newly developed courses “Introduction to STEM”, “Global trends in education”, “STEM project work” and “STEM research” will contribute to achieving this aim. The discipline “Mathematics and its applications in science and engineering” will display a foundation role of mathematics within the STEM concept.
The curriculum framework provides an opportunity to study fundamental STEM disciplines through various tracks: Physics, Mathematics, and Informatics; Chemistry, Biology, and Ecology; Engineering and Technology; Primary education. Within these tracks, Master’s students can enhance knowledge in specific fields and be skilled with the-state-of-the-art methods of teaching these subjects within the context of an integrated STEM approach.
During the third semester, students will get competencies in the field of education law, marketing, career planning, and STEM-related ethic issues. After each semester, students will get an opportunity for practical training as STEM ambassadors within project summer programs for schoolchildren or at schools and organizations of non-formal education. The fourth semester includes an internship and a Master’s thesis.
The learning experience is organized through cycles of lectures, seminars, workshops, and laboratory work. The learning activities are relevant to STEM teaching practice. Students will be prompted to test their ideas and reflect on the outcomes during their studies.
The Master’s program graduate profile
This program educates highly-qualified STEM teachers, familiar with the-state-of-the art approaches and technologies used in STEM teaching, who:
are capable to integrate science, technology, and engineering practices into instruction, curriculum materials, and assessment;
can apply a holistic and comprehensive integrated approach to STEM training activities in and out of school;
will be able to develop an interdisciplinary approach to problem-based and inquiry-based learning;
have skills to carry out independent STEM research projects;
are committed to motivate and inspire students to choose STEM careers.
The graduates of the program can be engaged as teachers and educators at schools, education centers, interactive science museums, and children’s technology parks.
The graduates of the Master’s degree program are eligible for further studies at the Ph.D. level.
BS degree in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Technology, Engineering, Education, Psychology, Child Development, Cognitive Science, and other related areas.