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Online Graduate Certificate
Integrative STEM Education Endorsement

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Why Earn an Integrative STEM Education Endorsement with Etown SGPS?

Earning an Integrative STEM Education Endorsement from Elizabethtown College's School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) offers educators the next step toward teaching in the rapidly evolving world of STEM education. The program prepares teachers to meet the new academic standards for Science, Technology & Engineering, Environmental Literacy & Sustainability (STEELS) which were adopted by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education in January 2022. These new standards shift focus toward students productively participating in scientific discourse and practices, involving students in sustained investigation to support understanding, and phenomenon-based education. With its flexible online format, this program is an ideal choice for in-service teachers committed to making a difference in their classrooms and students' lives.

This program is offered through a partnership with the Elizabethtown College's Education Department. All 12 credits from the certificate can be stacked into Etown's M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Program Outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) standards, design processes, and the important role of STEM in workforce preparation and understanding our complex world.
  • Implement three-dimensional learning practices related to STEM into the classroom including practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.
  • Demonstrate varied assessment of Integrative STEM learning in the classroom.
  • Design and incorporate strategies to encourage phenomenon-based education.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate STEM curricular, instructional, and assessment practices.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to continued professional development and service to the discipline.
  • Enhance your existing Level I or Level II teaching certificate (Act 48 credit available).
  • Earn a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Endorsement.


Program Format


credits required

to graduate

Can be Completed in

One Year

Or Less

Etown SGPS Ranked in the top


For Best Online

Colleges in Pennsylvania

by Forbes for 2023

Unlock STEM Career Opportunities

Gain a competitive edge with Elizabethtown College's Integrative STEM Education Endorsement. This program will propel you toward growth in positions in education, such as lead STEM educator, curriculum designer, or educational consultant. This program equips you with in-demand skills in STEM integration. Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it enhances your professional abilities, making you a prime candidate for roles that are shaping the future of STEM learning. Whether you're looking to impact curriculum policies or lead STEM initiatives, this endorsement marks the next step in your career advancement.

Understand Tuition Costs and Explore Scholarship Opportunities

The Integrative STEM Education Endorsement is priced at $525 per credit. Scholarships and financial aid are available to make your Etown SGPS education even more affordable. Below are just a few of the scholarships and programs available to students:

  • Alumni Scholarship: 15% tuition discount, available to Elizabethtown College alumni.
  • Affinity Partner Scholarship: 15% discount, offered to employees of organizations partnered with Etown SGPS.
  • Jay Fellowship Referral Program: This is a referral program that benefits both current students/alumni and prospective students. When a student or alum refers a new student, both the referrer and the referred student receive a complimentary credit for their program of interest.

Tuition and fees are reviewed and subject to change annually.

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Online Graduate Certificate Integrative STEM Education Endorsement

The Integrative STEM Education Endorsement from Elizabethtown College requires 12-credit hours of academic work including a 3-credit practicum experience. All 12 credits from the certificate can be stacked into Etown's M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program.

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Application Requirements & Process

To be eligible to apply to any of our graduate certificate programs you will need to:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (waivers can be granted based on professional work experience and other factors).
  • Have a minimum of three years of professional leadership/management experience.
  • Have time to devote to your coursework; in an accelerated program, time spent outside of class is considerable.

  •  Contact or meet with our admissions staff for guidance and to find out more information.
  •  Complete the graduate application via the online portal which includes the submission of a $25 nonrefundable application fee, which is waived for Elizabethtown College graduates.
    • You will need to request official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended and upload your current resume.
    • Additionally, prepare a 1-2 page essay addressing your motivation for pursuing the graduate certificate, a statement of professional goals, and goals for the application of the graduate certificate to your professional life.
  •  After submitting your application, the SGPS Team will review it and make an admissions decision.
  •  If accepted, you will receive an initial offer letter via the applicant portal, which you must accept to proceed with matriculation.
  •  If there are any questions or concerns, the admissions team will contact you for further discussion.
  •  After successfully completing your Elizabethtown College graduate certificate, students may complete the Advance in Graduate Certificate or Degree form in the JayWeb student portal to apply to a future graduate certificate or graduate degree. Additional materials may be required, depending on the program of interest.

Etown seniors, alumni, and employees may be able to take advantage of our two-step, fast-tracked application process.

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