M.A. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

M.A. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

M.A. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Rowan University's Master of Arts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education prepares students for successful careers as highly skilled math and science teachers. The M.A. in STEM Education offers the unique opportunity for students who have undergraduate degrees in mathematics, engineering, or the sciences to pursue an initial New Jersey teaching certificate in mathematics and/or the sciences and a Master's degree simultaneously. This program is carefully designed such that all coursework has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focus that provides the ideal pedagogical preparation for prospective mathematics or science teachers in the K-12 setting. This 13-month program includes an early field experience, face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses, and a yearlong teacher residency. The culminating experience is a seminar in which students transition from teacher candidate to teacher by planning for leading their own classrooms. The M.A. in STEM Education is offered through Rowan University's CAEP Accredited College of Education.

The specializations within the MA in STEM Education are:

  • Mathematics
  • Science

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Master of Arts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.



The M.A. in STEM Education at Rowan University requires the completion of 33 graduate semester hours (s.h.) made up of 10 courses offered in hybrid format. This program includes ongoing meetings with a collaborating teacher during the summer of initial coursework as well as a full year of residency, working in a middle or high school during the day Monday through Thursday, with Fridays reserved for coursework. Specific certification areas are below and each will require a specific set of foundation courses and additional admission requirements:

  • K-12 Biology
  • K-12 Chemistry
  • K-12 Mathematics
  • K-12 Physical Science
  • K-12 Physics

Foundation Courses
Students in this program are required to meet admission course requirements in either K-12 Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Science, or Physics NJ state certification subject areas.

Also, one course in each of the following areas:

  • Adolescent Development
  • Health & Wellness, or Biology, or Nutrition
  • Educational Psychology

Please consult Academic Advisor for more information.


  • 9 Courses / 33 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: No
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 22 S.H.
STEM 60501 STEM Teaching & Research Methods I 3
STEM 60510 Teaching STEM in Diverse Settings 3
READ 30520 Content Area Literacy 3
STEM 60504 Professional Seminar for STEM Education 3
STEM 60513 STEM Education Residency II 3
STEM 60512 STEM Education Residency I 1
SELN 60576 Inclusive Instruction in STEM Classrooms 3
SMED 60550 Schools & Society: Foundations for Secondary Teaching 3
Mathematics Concentration Courses: 11 S.H.
STEM 60502 STEM Teaching & Research Methods II: Mathematics 5
STEM 60503 STEM Teaching & Research Methods III: Mathematics 6
Science Concentration Courses: 11 S.H.
STEM 60522 STEM Teaching & Research Methods II: Science 5
STEM 60523 STEM Teaching & Research Methods III: Science 6

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning in a field such as math, engineering, or science

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Recommended minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Submission of official test results demonstrating passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Praxis Core Basic Skills Test (Reading, Writing, Math)

  • Submission of official test results demonstrating passing scores on all Praxis II Exams required for specific licensure area

  • Interview

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer May 18 February 15