STEM Education

Master of Arts
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  • Christopher Brownell addressing others around a table with different miniature structures on it in AIMS center

FPU’s Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education prepares you as a K–8 teacher to better meet the needs of your students in these critical areas. You’ll be exposed to a wide variety of content, theory and methodology focusing on integrating math and science with each other and with the other STEM disciplines. FPU’s unique courses in engineering in the classroom will prepare you to teach the core concepts involved with the problems engineers face daily, as well as meeting the broad goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


  • Prescribed program following a cohort model
  • Opportunities for supported and individually-driven research with the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education at FPU
  • Small class sizes
  • Scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Specially designed for K-8 teachers
  • STEM Summer Engineering Festival

Career opportunities

As a graduate you will be prepared to enter resource positions in schools and districts, go on to further study and research opportunities, understand the goals and methods of integrating these four subjects in the classroom, and become a leader.

Program director

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Christopher Brownell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics and STEM Education, Program Director, Mathematics Education


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Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • Statement of intent 
  • One current professional reference form

Course listing

Required Courses (30 Units)

EGNE 700Engineering in the Classroom I: Content and Pedagogy2
EGNE 705Engineering in the Classroom II: Content and Pedagogy2
MTHE 743Arithmetic of Rational Number Systems: Content and Pedagogy2
MTHE 751Informal Geometry: Content and Pedagogy2
MTHE 753Concepts of Algebra: Content and Pedagogy2
MTHE 755Probability and Statistics: Content and Pedagogy (Middle School Emphasis)2
SCIE 762Earth Science: Content and Pedagogy2
SCIE 763Physical Science: Content and Pedagogy2
SCIE 764Life Science Content and Pedagogy2
SCIE 765Space Science: Content & Pedagogy2

Education Core

ED 779Values in School and Society3
EDRH 794Thesis Introduction and Literature Review3
EDRH 795Research Methods in Education3
EDRH 796Thesis Completion1