About the Teach STEM Program
Teaching STEM is about having a positive impact on your community. It’s about you becoming a leader and a mentor in the classroom who can guide your students to pursue and achieve their goals. At Central, we want to help you make a difference.
Why Study with the STEM Teaching Program at CWU?
The STEM Teaching Program uniquely supports its students. You are eligible for STEM Teaching Program-specific scholarships and internships. You will have the opportunity to practice what you are learning in real classrooms throughout the program. The strong partnerships with K-12 education will continue to support you after you graduate and further your career.
Cost and Location
Please visit the registrar site for additional information about cost. This program is located in Discovery Hall on the Ellensburg, WA campus.
The STEM Teaching Program is an innovative collaboration between sciences and education that supports students seeking teaching certification in science and mathematics fields.
Students seeking teaching certification and endorsement through the STEM Teaching Program complete an approved science, mathematics or computer science degree and the STEM Teaching Program Major.
Teacher certification information may be found by contacting Central's Teaching Certification Office, 509-963-2660.
For additional information regarding admission, course, and graduation requirements, please visit the 2022-2023 Course Catalog.
- Pre-Admit Courses
Complete the following pre-admit courses:
- STP201 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching and STP202 Inquiry Based Lesson Design
- OR STP300 Inquiry Based Teaching Lesson Design
- STP303 Knowing and Learning
- STP201 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching and STP202 Inquiry Based Lesson Design
- Fully Admitted Courses
Complete the following courses:
- STP304 Classroom Interactions I
- STP405 Classroom Interactions II
- STP406 Project Based Instruction
- STP450 Planning Inquiry Based STEM Education
- STP307 Functions and Modeling
- STP308 Historical Perspectives
- STP309 Research Methods
*Courses do have sequencing. Contact TeachSTEM Advisor before enrolling in classes.
- Final Quarter Classes
- EFC480 Student Teaching
- STP465 Instructing and Assessing Inquiry Based STEM
- Course Descriptions
STP 201: An introduction to theory and practice for effective math and science teaching in grades K-12. This field-based career exploration course enables candidates to observe and identify essential components of content, equity, and professional practice. *Offered Winter only, open to any CWU student.
STP 202: This field-based course builds on knowledge and skills developed in Inquiry Approaches to Teaching, emphasizing middle school learners. Candidates adapt and teach lessons that implement essential components of content, equity, and professional practice. *Offered Spring only
STP 300: In this field-based introductory course candidates observe and identify essential components effective math and science teaching in grades K-12. Then candidates design and teach lessons that implement essential components of content, equity, and professional practice. *Offered Fall only
STP 303: Examination of learning theories and research for effective STEM teaching and assessment, including implications for content literacy, language diversity, cultural responsiveness, technology, and professionalism. *Offered Fall and Winter
STP 304: Candidates plan, instruct, and assess STEM lessons based on research-supported practices. This field-based course applies principles of student centered equitable teaching to classroom context and practice. *Offered Fall, Winter, and Spring
STP 405: Candidates plan, instruct, and assess field-based culturally responsive STEM lessons that bridge differences in language, heritage, race, socioeconomic status, and academic performance. Candidates intentionally apply culturally responsive instruction and classroom management pervasive throughout teaching. *Offered Fall and Winter
STP 406: Candidates plan, instruct, and assess field-based STEM lessons using a project-based approach that engages learners in exploring authentic meaningful questions of concern to K12 students. Candidates apply principles of student-centered equitable teaching to inquiry-based projects. *Offered Winter and Spring
STP 307A (Science/Middle Level): Engages students in explorations and lab activities designed to strengthen and expand their understanding of functions at the secondary level. Topics of investigation may include, function properties, patterns, linear, exponential, trigonometric and logistic models. *Offered Spring only
STP 307B (Secondary Math): Candidates will use inquiry explorations and peer collaborations to derive and explain results, models, and proofs related to important secondary math concepts. Candidates will examine the secondary math curricula relative to CCSS, math and society. *Offered Spring only
STP 307C (Computer Science): Candidates will engage in explorations and lab activities to strengthen and expand their understanding of software engineering development, computer science practices, and their equitable application to the K-12 classroom environment.
STP 308: An exploration of the history and philosophies of science and mathematics in the context of public education with an emphasis on how these ideas are related and can be applied to the STEM classroom. *Offered Fall and Winter
STP 309: Candidates experience and apply educational, scientific, and mathematical research methods by designing, carrying-out, and communicating investigations applicable in teaching middle or secondary STEM courses. *Offered Winter and Spring
STP450: Candidates reflect on their teaching practices and set goals for improvement in student teaching, as well as plan for their professional teaching career. *Must be taken at same time as STP406
STP465: Support for STEM Teaching candidates as they transition into professional teachers and completing assessment requirements during student teaching. *Must be taken with EFC480
EFC 480: Teacher Candidate must demonstrate their competence by being the lead teacher for a full quarter in their major endorsement area. Includes mandatory seminars at a time and place designated by the University Supervisor. Grade will be S or U. *Offered Fall, Winter, Spring - dependent upon student's graduation plan
Endorsements served by the STEM Teaching Program and approved Major degrees:
Endorsement Approved Major Degrees Major Department Biology (5-12) Biology Majors, BA & BS options Biological Sciences Chemistry (5-12) Chemistry Majors, BA & BS options Chemistry Earth and Space Science (5-12)
Geology Majors, BA & BS options
Environmental Sciences BS, Environmental Geology Specialization
Geological Sciences Mathematics (5-12) Mathematics: Secondary Education, BA; Mathematics, BS option; Applied Mathematics, BS Mathematics Physics (5-12) Physics Majors, BA & BS options Physics Middle Level Math (4-9) Mathematics: Middle Level Education, BA Mathematics Middle Level Science (4-9) Science: Middle Level Education, BA Science and Math Education Computer Science (5-12) Computer Science, BS Computer Science
- Middle Level Math and Middle Level Science majors compliment each other
- Minors frequently taken include:
- Teaching English as a Second Language
- Sports Coaching
Careers and Outcomes
Science and mathematics teachers are in high demand statewide and nationally. More than 90% of CWU’s STEM Teaching graduates find immediate jobs. We can help you navigate the process that leads to you becoming a STEM teacher.
“If there is anything I want you to take away from this if you are joining the Teach STEM Program (which I HIGHLY recommend), is for you to take advantage of everything the program has to offer. Teaching isn’t just a profession, it’s a passion. And the Teach STEM program is designed to help you fulfill your passion.”
– Katelyn Shain, 2019 Teach STEM graduate