Master of Science in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Option

Requirements (48 units)

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified status follow:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in all courses;
  2. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement as described on Page 368. The writing requirement must be completed by the end of the second quarter in attendance;
  3. Three letters of recommendation that address your ability to complete an academic program of this type;
  4. Completion of 20 quarter units of science, or 18 quarter units of mathematics, or an undergraduate degree in a STEM related field, or permission of the Program Coordinator.

Students who do not meet these criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students. No more than 12 quarter units may be completed without moving to classified status.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy a student must have the following:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Satisfactorily completed 16 units in the program including ESTM 510, ESTM 511, ESTM 512 and ESTM 680, with a grade of "B" or better in each course;
  3. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  4. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an advisor in the College of Education and approved by the program coordinator;
  5. Satisfaction of the graduate entrance writing requirement.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate level work, with a minimum of 36 completed in this program;
  2. A minimum of 24 units taken after the student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in course work taken to satisfy the degree requirements and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the Master's Degree Project or Thesis, ESTM 699, or the Comprehensive Examination ESTM 999;
  5. Successful completion of one of the following three tracks.

Thesis Preparation, Presentation and Examination

The purpose of the thesis is twofold. First, it demonstrates that the student has articulated a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education design and development of research agenda consistent with the needs of both the professional community and the researcher or scholar. Second, it demonstrates willingness and ability to direct one's effort to completion of an appropriate culminating experience.

The student must conduct a research study, and from these efforts, write a thesis acceptable to the student's thesis committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student's thesis committee shall be chaired by the major advisor and two other faculty members who are chosen by the student upon consultation with the major advisor and the graduate coordinator. One faculty member on a committee may come from another college in the university. The thesis topic and major advisor must be included on the program of graduate study submitted with the application to candidacy, although this may be amended. The student shall enroll in ESTM 699 and the students, who do not complete the thesis in the quarter they registered, must be in continuous enrollment until the completion of their thesis. The student, upon completion of the thesis, must give a public presentation of the research at ESTM 681. The student is given a maximum of five years from the time the student was advanced to candidacy to finish the degree.

ESTM 690STEM Education: Advanced Research4
ESTM 699STEM Education: Master's Thesis/Project4

A satisfactory thesis is one which reflects original works and shows a level of competence appropriate for a master's degree. A thesis is reported in the form of a paper. A thesis will be planned in consultation with the student's thesis committee and submitted in an approved format. Students must successfully complete ESTM 690. Further information is available from the Graduate Studies Office regarding the approved format.

Project Preparation, Presentation and Examination

The purpose of the project is twofold. First, it demonstrates that the student has articulated a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education design and development or research agenda consistent with the needs of both the professional community and the researcher or scholar. Second, it demonstrates willingness and ability to direct one's effort to completion of an appropriate culminating experience.

The student must implement and complete a project acceptable to the student's project committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student's project committee shall be chaired by the major advisor and two other faculty members who are chosen by the student after consultation with the major advisor and the graduate coordinator. One faculty member on a committee may come from another college in the university. The project topic and major advisor must be included on the program of graduate study submitted with the application to candidacy, although this may be amended. The student shall enroll in ESTM 699 and the students, who do not complete the project in the quarter they registered, must be in continuous enrollment until the completion of their project. The student, upon completion of the project, must give a public presentation of the research at ESTM 681. The student is given a maximum of five years from the time the student was advanced to candidacy to finish the degree.

ESTM 690STEM Education: Advanced Research4
ESTM 699STEM Education: Master's Thesis/Project4

A satisfactory project is one which reflects original work and shows a level of competence appropriate for a master's degree. A project can be reported in the form of a paper and/or through other media. A project will be planned in consultation with the student's thesis committee and submitted in an approved format. Students must successfully complete ESTM 690. Further information is available from the Graduate Studies Office regarding the approved format.

Comprehensive Written Examination

The written comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education, to show critical and independent thinking, and to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Students may take the examination twice. Students who choose the comprehensive examination option must successfully complete eight units in the electives category with approval of an advisor. The student shall enroll in ESTM 999 after consultation with the graduate coordinator and during their last quarter for completion of the degree.

ESTM 999STEM Education: Comprehensive Examination0
Eight units of electives.8

A minimum of 36 units in courses numbered 500-600 or above must be included in the graduate program. The program may not include more than 12 quarter units in approved extension and transfer courses from other colleges or universities. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider for transfer credit course work from an institution that will not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.

Degree Requirements (48 units)

Core Courses (24)
ESTM 510Foundations of STEM Education4
ESTM 511Technology and Engineering Design in STEM Education4
ESTM 512Foundations of Research in STEM Education4
ESTM 514STEM Education: Technology Tools4
ESTM 681STEM Education: Integration Seminar II4
ESTM 692STEM Education: Service Learning Fieldwork4
Concentration (16)
Students must take one concentration.16
Culminating Experience (8)
Students must take one track.8
Total Units48

Concentration Options

Career and Technical Studies Concentration (16 units) (Program Code: ECTS)

ECTS 637Foundations of Career and Technical Studies4
ECTS 638Critical Issues for the Career and Technical Educator4
ESTM 535STEM Education: Exploration of Technology4
Four units of electives chosen in consultation with an advisor.4
Total Units16

Instructional Technology Concentration (16 units) (Program Code: EITE)

ESTM 535STEM Education: Exploration of Technology4
ETEC 543Technology and Learning I4
ETEC 644Design and Development of Instructional Materials II4
Four units of electives chosen in consultation with an advisor.4
Total Units16

K-8 Mathematics Education Concentration (16 units) (Program Code: EMAT)

ESTM 625Teaching Algebra in STEM Education4
ESTM 626Teaching Geometry in STEM Education4
ESTM 628The Integrated STEM Curriculum4
ESTM 644Inquiry in STEM Education4
Total Units16

K-8 STEM Integration Concentration (16 units) (Program Code: ESTI)

One course from each concentration. A student needs a consultation with the faculty advisor or the program coordinator. 16
a. Science and Environmental Education
b. K-8 Mathematics Education
c. Career and Technical Studies
d. Instructional Technology

Science and Environmental Education Concentration (16 units) (Program Code: SAEE)

ESTM 623Teaching Physical Science in STEM Education4
ESTM 628The Integrated STEM Curriculum4
ESTM 644Inquiry in STEM Education4
ESTM 647Teaching Earth/Space Science in STEM Education4
Total Units16

Culminating Experience Track Options

Master's Thesis option

ESTM 690STEM Education: Advanced Research4
ESTM 699STEM Education: Master's Thesis/Project4
Total Units8

Master's Project option

ESTM 690STEM Education: Advanced Research4
ESTM 699STEM Education: Master's Thesis/Project4
Total Units8

Comprehensive Examination Option

ESTM 999STEM Education: Comprehensive Examination0
Eight units of electives from the list below, chosen in consultation with advisor.8
Total Units8
Electives for the Comprehensive Examination Option
Career Technical Studies Concentration
ECTS 501Principles and Methods for Teaching Designated Subjects4
ECTS 502Instructional Support for Teaching Designated Subjects4
ECTS 503Contemporary Issues in Teaching Designated Subjects4
ECTS 504Principles of Career and Technical Education4
ECTS 508Organization and Structure of Career and Technical Programs4
ECTS 509Personnel Management in Career and Technical Programs4
ECTS 510Field Work in Coordination and Supervision of Career and Technical Programs4
ECTS 518Field Work in Designated Subjects4
ECTS 519Computer Applications for Career and Technical Educators4
ECTS 639Professional Competencies in Career and Technical Studies4
ECTS 640B-DTopics in Education2-4
ESTM 548STEM Education: Green Technology4
ESTM 613Assessment in Stem Education4
ESTM 680STEM Education: Integration Seminar I4
ETEC 676DAdvanced Topics in Instructional Technology2-8
Instructional Technology Concentration
ESTM 613Assessment in Stem Education4
ESTM 680STEM Education: Integration Seminar I4
ETEC 500Foundations in Instructional Education4
ETEC 501Foundations of e-Learning4
ETEC 537Computer Based Technology in Education I4
ETEC 541E-Learning Design and Development4
ETEC 544Design and Development of Instructional Materials I4
ETEC 546Computer Based Technology in Education II4
ETEC 623Technology for Educational Leaders4
ETEC 634Information Systems in Education4
ETEC 643Technology and Learning II4
ETEC 648E-Learning Delivery and Evaluation4
ETEC 674E-Learning Technology and Media4
ETEC 676DAdvanced Topics in Instructional Technology2-8
K-8 Mathematics Education Concentration
EDCI 632Mathematics Clinic4
ESTM 613Assessment in Stem Education4
ESTM 624Teaching Elementary Mathematics in STEM Education4
ESTM 680STEM Education: Integration Seminar I4
K-8 STEM Integration Concentration
Eight units elective courses from any of the STEM concentrations. A student needs a consultation with the faculty advisor or the program coordinator.8
Science and Environmental Education Concentration
EDCI 636Advanced Science Methods4
EENV 652Nature Study in Environmental Education4
ESTM 613Assessment in Stem Education4
ESTM 680STEM Education: Integration Seminar I4
NSCI 604The Nature and History of Science4