Course Description

STEAM—the integration of music, visual arts, and drama into daily STEM instruction—is proven to enhance student achievement in STEM subjects. Creative, real-world problem-solving is what working scientists and mathematicians actually do. But how do busy STEM educators weave arts activities into a sometimes-inflexible STEM curriculum?  This practical course can be used to engage students in K-8 classrooms by using a conceptual mode with classroom examples and recommendations to use key aspects of STEAM teaching in action, including creating the correct teaching environment, integrating STEAM content, and supporting students as they develop STEAM-related skills. The teaching model includes problems-based learning, student choice, technology integration, and teacher facilitation.  Each chapter incorporates elements of connected learning, drawing on students’ interests that teachers can capitalize on when using STEAM to address real-world problems and make STEAM a school-wide success.  This course is great for educators, instructional coaches, principals, and administrators.


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.

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Section Title
Book Study: An Educator's Guide -STEAM
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $305.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Quigley, C., & Herro, D. (2019). An educators guide to Steam: engaging students using real-world problems. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Sousa, D. A., & Pilecki, T. (2018). From Stem to Steam brain-compatible strategies and lessons that integrate the arts. California, CA: Corwin.

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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