Course Description

This course provides all the tools and strategies needed to design integrated, interdisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) lessons and units that are relevant and exciting to students. The course provides clear definitions of both STEM and STEM literacy, including organizing and delivering instruction by weaving the four disciplines together in intentional ways. The engineering and technology practices can instead be blended into existing math and science lessons in ways that engage students and help them master twenty-first century skills. The course provides five guiding principles for effective STEM instruction, classroom examples of what these principles look like in action, sample activities that put all four STEM fields into practice, and lesson planning templates for STEM units.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

This course is equivalent to EDCT 5667 and EDCT 5787 and cannot be taken if either of these courses has been successfully completed.

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Section Title
Book Study: STEM Lesson Essentials: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

STEM Lesson Essentials, Grades 3-8: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer and Cary Sneider, Heinemann, ISBN: 978-0325043586

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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