STEM education plays a significant role in inspiring and preparing learners for the jobs of the future.
Why choose this course?
This course encourages you to take a critical view of STEM in education as you reflect upon and evaluate your current practice. You will seek ways to transform your teaching and learning as you:
explore an interconnected approach to the interpretation, construction, enactment and assessment of STEM curriculum
identify and overcome the challenges faced in the enactment of innovative education practice
develop your professional network and relationships that will extend beyond the duration of your study.
The course is ideal for educators who want to engage in professional learning to develop their STEM pedagogical content knowledge and skills. It caters for educators who:
are working across the age spectrum from early childhood to Year 12, and adult or workplace learning
have different levels of experience and responsibility
have varied levels of STEM pedagogical content knowledge, including qualified STEM educators, those teaching out-of-field, or educators in leadership positions
are professionals working in non-school contexts, such as curriculum developers.
The STEM in Education study area is offered full time or part time. Each of the study area’s units is delivered over five and six-week teaching periods.
You will be supported to fully participate in classes and workshops. The face-to-face workshops are scheduled at convenient times for teachers and other educators. You can choose to participate in these workshops as an online student if you are able to log in to our video conferencing technology at the scheduled times. Alternatively, you can access the recordings of the workshops at a more convenient time for you. There will be other opportunities to connect with your peers and tutors through scheduled support sessions using video-conferencing technology, or online discussion and collaboration forums.
In addition, you will complete units in the Master of Education that are delivered in standard 13-week teaching periods.
The professional learning activities are designed to be immediately relevant to your STEM education practice. You will be prompted to trial your developing ideas and reflect on the outcomes as you study. You will also be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to learn together with your peers from diverse backgrounds.
Learn from the best
QUT’s teaching staff collectively represent a diverse range of STEM education knowledge, skills and experiences across a wide range of educational contexts. Many of these STEM educators are members of QUT’s STEM in Education Research Group and are active in leading the advancement of STEM education and teacher professional learning, locally, nationally and internationally. This course was developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including educators in schools and other contexts.
This course can enhance outcomes for people in professional, schooling, and other contexts, including the ability to:
lead the transformation of STEM education in a school or other educational context
improve your pedagogical content knowledge in STEM, both within and between the disciplines
better prepare your students for careers of the 21st century
build your professional networks.
Assessment items or practicum
Your assessment will involve the development of a digital portfolio, which will represent your development of STEM in Education knowledge, understanding and skill. In some instances you can use past teaching practices as an example to critique using your new knowledge, and in other assessment tasks you will develop practices and strategies, which you may be able to incorporate in your future teaching. Importantly, you can tailor your assessment items to your current practice or particular interests.
In each unit, you will undertake individual or group activities and you will be encouraged and supported to use a range of techniques to record your contribution. These may include written documents, media presentations, and other digital artefacts.
You can exit the Master of Education with a Graduate Certificate in Education after completing the 48 credit-points of the STEM in Education study area.
You will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers and be encouraged and supported to share ideas as you work towards transforming your teaching and your students’ learning in STEM. You will have access to a range of support services available at QUT. The professional network and relationships developed during the course can continue to benefit you in your future efforts to lead and transform STEM education.