The National Center for STEM Elementary Education (NCSEE) was launched in 2010 with the vision to transform the way STEM education is delivered at the elementary level.
Students in classrooms with teachers who have completed the NCSEE STEM Certificate demonstrate increased interest and abilities in STEM content.
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We are the first institution of higher education in the country to:
Teaching K–8 Teachers
Our programs help practicing K–8 teachers and teacher candidates become confident, competent and comfortable in teaching STEM subjects and integrating them into their daily classroom activities.
Women and STEM at St. Kate's
Headquartered at St. Catherine University, we are uniquely positioned to foster girls’ and women’s proficiency in — and comfort with — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the heart of the University is the nation’s largest undergraduate college for women. We are experts in how women learn best.
If you are an elementary teacher, you know that soon you may need to be teaching your young charges engineering and technology concepts. Some states already include these concepts in their state education standards. Others are in the process of adding them. Are you ready?
An overwhelming majority of elementary teachers today did not receive adequate preparation to teach STEM concepts. More than other subjects, they name science as the subject they wish had been given more emphasis during their pre-service training.
A wide array of components can be included in a customized STEM graduate program of study, including:
St. Catherine University has a long and respected history of producing effective, successful elementary educators. To put it plainly: we know teaching.
That knowledge has informed the development of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education to improve teacher effectiveness, advance student performance, strengthen STEM literacy and increase individual candidate appeal in competitive job markets.
STEM Center faculty can join your teachers in their classrooms, serving as mentors and continuing to build confidence over time.
STEM Certificate and STEM: MAED graduates report increased efficacy in STEM instruction; improved understanding of how to integrate STEM processes, concepts and vocabulary across their curriculum; and widespread appreciation of the hands-on activities they learn to bring directly to their students for integrating STEM into their background knowledge and identities. Coursework leads faculty to effectively integrate technology into their practices for assessment, instruction, and quality improvement practices.
Optional additional follow-up support is provided and may include coaching, online discussion groups, facilitation of professional learning communities, and consulting depending on your needs.
EcoSTARS,Students, Teachers, and Real Science, is an exciting field experience with an environmental education focus for teacher candidates at St. Catherine University. All school sites are environmental education magnet schools. EcoSTARS teacher candidates teach about the environment through the lens of math, science, and social studies.
Faculty and staff at the Center research:
We are committed to furthering best-practice models in STEM education to include: