Program Overview

In today’s increasingly complex world of technology and globalization, it is essential for educators to equip the next generation of visionaries with the specialized knowledge needed in STEM topics to solve challenging problems and apply critical thinking skills to make informed decisions.

Designed for teachers looking to advance their skills in STEM disciplines and learn techniques to effectively engage K-12 learners in the 21st century, the Master of Science in STEM Education prepares candidates to meet the evolving needs of schools and districts in positions such as:

  • Teachers
  • Instructional leaders
  • Curriculum developers

Combining research and leadership seminars and experiential learning opportunities with science and math education, the M.S. in STEM Education curriculum equips teachers with the skills they need to be effective teachers in the classrooms and leaders in their schools and communities. Program curriculum includes:

  • STEM Research & Leadership Seminar 
  • STEM Through Mathematical Modeling
  • STEM Experiential Learning
  • Issues in U.S. Schools

Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in STEM Education equips current teachers specializing in K-12 with the framework they need to engage students in effective STEM learning experiences. With all courses offered entirely online, the 36-credit hour program is designed for professionals with employment obligations. The flexible program can be completed in as little as 24 months, and includes five convenient start dates that coincide with the K-12 academic calendar.

Upon completion of the program, graduates who work in roles such as teachers, instructional leaders, and curriculum developers will gain innovative skills in STEM education that can be immediately applied within their classroom, community, and district. The M.S. in STEM Education program is also appropriate for professionals who need advanced STEM educational training, including those working in:

  • Community Programs
  • Content Creation and Publishing
  • Education Advocacy  


Earn a valuable endorsement while earning your master’s degree

The M.S. in STEM Education allows candidates to simultaneously complete most of the requirements necessary to obtain the Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist endorsement (this endorsement is only for the state of Iowa). Candidates seeking the endorsement will need to complete additional coursework before applying to the Iowa BOEE. 

Why University of Iowa?

The University of Iowa College of Education has a long history of integrity, excellence, and innovation in education. Our undergraduate teacher preparation program is consistently ranked the no. 1 program in the state, and 86% of UI teaching graduates are still working in the education field five years post-graduation – in contrast with the national average of 51%. The UI College of Education is uniquely positioned to provide a different type of program and address the professional development needs of teachers.

We are committed to providing an affordable, personal education within a renowned Big Ten research institution. Following are just some of the benefits that Hawkeyes enjoy:

  • First public university in Iowa, founded in 1847
  • Just over 31,000 students, and an alumni network 250,000+ strong
  • Designated a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 10 years in a row
  • First college-level Department of Education in the United States
  • Eight research centers dedicated to everything from gifted education and talent development to measurement and assessment, assistive technology, and reading research
  • One of the Best Education Schools in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

Affordable education. Maximum value. That’s the Hawkeye way.

Paying for School

The University of Iowa understands that higher education is a very large investment. We also believe that education is a human right, and we are committed to providing a top-tier education at an affordable price. We take great pride in having been named a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 10 years running.


Financial Aid for Online Graduate Students

The process of applying for financial aid can be complex and time-consuming. Our Office of Student Financial Aid is here to help! Our financial aid counselors will work with you one-on-one to review your financial tools and determine the resources that are available to you.

 

Yellow Ribbon School

The University of Iowa is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) allows institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. In some cases, you can transfer all or part of your benefits to a dependent. Contact our Office of Student Financial Aid or our Veteran Student Services Office

Accreditation

HLC Accredited. Click here to view Accredditation.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, widely recognized for its commitment to academic excellence.

The university is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through its Open Pathway model for accreditation, which focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement. One of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, HLC accredits more than 1000 colleges and universities in nineteen states.

The University of Iowa is also a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909.

Military Friendly

At the University of Iowa, we value the service and sacrifices of our armed forces members and their families, and we recognize that the discipline, integrity, and work ethic instilled by military service translates well to a university environment. During any given term, over 700 veterans, dependents, and active-duty members attend UI, and an additional 900 veterans work on our staff and faculty. Iowa Hawkeye football’s Kinnick Stadium is named after Nile Kinnick, the only Heisman Trophy winner to ever die in combat. It’s no wonder UI is widely recognized as a military-friendly college:

  • Named to Victory Media's list of Military Friendly Schools for seven years running
  • Ranked #25 on College Factual’s list of Best Colleges for Veterans
  • One of the best colleges in the nation for military veterans (U.S. News & World Report, National Universities category, 2016 Edition)
Our Veteran Student Services Office is committed to providing our military students and their dependents with the resources, guidance, and assistance they need to reach their educational goals.


Yellow Ribbon School

The University of Iowa is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School offering tuition assistance under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Contact our Financial Aid Office or our Veteran Student Services Office for details.