Ed Bengtson
Department Head
216 Peabody Hall
479-575-4209
Email: egbengts@uark.edu

Curriculum and Instruction Website

The Department of Curriculum and Education offers a minor in STEM Education and a Certificate of Proficiency in STEM Education, both of which are open to students majoring in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and who are interested in acquiring valuable communication skills in these complex subject areas, in developing a deeper understanding of how people learn science, mathematics, and computer science, and in applying research-based strategies to engage others in understanding these subjects.

Requirements for Minor in STEM Education

A minimum GPA of 3.0 required to earn the minor. Of the 15 credit hours, a minimum of 9 credit hours must be STEM, CIED, SEED, or CATE courses.

The 15-credit-hour minor in STEM Education is not a teacher licensure program. However, these courses can be applied to the undergraduate teacher licensure program that prepares students for secondary licensure in the following subjects:  Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Science. For questions about teacher licensure, please visit the Office of Teacher Education. Students may also consider the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program as a path to teacher licensure.

Course Requirements

STEM 2003The Art of STEM Communication3
or ARSC 1201
ARSC 1212
Introduction to Teaching STEM Subjects
and Field Experience in Teaching STEM Subjects
STEM 2103Knowing and Learning in Science and Mathematics3
STEM 3203Classroom Interactions3
Electives chosen from:6
History and Philosophy of Science for Science Teachers
Inquiry and Modeling in Science Education
Inquiry and Modeling in Science Education
Inquiry and Modeling in Science Education
Functions, Foundations and Models
Introduction to Teaching Programming in the Secondary Schools
Teaching Secondary Science
Teaching Secondary Mathematics I
Teaching Secondary Mathematics II
Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings
Total Hours15

Certificate of Proficiency in STEM Education

The Certificate in STEM Education is for STEM majors interested in acquiring valuable communication skills in these complex subject areas, developing a deeper understanding of how people think about and learn these subjects, and applying research-based strategies to engage others in understanding these subjects.

The 9 credit hour Certificate in STEM Education is not a minor or teacher licensure program.  However, these courses can be applied to the undergraduate Minor in STEM Education and also the teacher licensure program that prepares students for secondary licensure in the following subjects:  Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Science.  For questions about teacher licensure, please visit the Office of Teacher Education.  Students may also consider the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program as a path to teacher licensure.

STEM 2003The Art of STEM Communication3
Electives chosen from: (3 hrs must be 3000/4000 level)6
Introduction to Teaching STEM Subjects
and Field Experience in Teaching STEM Subjects
Knowing and Learning in Science and Mathematics
History and Philosophy of Science for Science Teachers
Introduction to Teaching Programming in the Secondary Schools
Inquiry and Modeling in Science Education
Inquiry and Modeling in Science Education
Inquiry and Modeling in Science Education
Functions, Foundations and Models
Teaching and Funding Outdoor & Informal Education
Total Hours9