Rider University is partnering with U.S. Satellite Laboratory (USSL) to provide opportunities for PK-12 teachers to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expertise.
USSL serves classroom teachers with live, online graduate courses that support the integration of realworld data available from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Each inquiry-based course includes interaction with NASA researchers through U.S. Satellite’s Space Act Agreement. In many states, these courses will count toward the middle school science or mathematics teaching endorsement. Check with your own state department of education for the regulations.
Learn more about the partnership offerings by:
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Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership with the embedded STEM Professional Development Certificate(Total of 26 credits)
Apply by using the Rider Online Application.
Endeavor STEM Professional Development Certificate (15 credits)
Apply by using the Rider's Endeavor STEM Professional Development Certification Application.
In addition, Rider offers opportunities for students to take online mathematics and science classes that were developed through a grant from the Martinson Family Foundation. Teachers can take a single course or a series of courses.
|FALL 2018 ENDEAVOR STEM COURSE||5 ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS|
|CURR 660 Authentic Data in the Elementary STEM Classroom Grade(s): PK – 6
Start date: 10/1/18
|Thursdays 8 p.m. EST||10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29, 12/6|
|SPRING 2019 ENDEAVOR STEM COURSE||SCHEDULE|
|CURR 660 Authentic Data in the Elementary STEM Classroom Grade(s): PK – 6||
|CURR 661 Authentic Data in the Secondary STEM Classroom Grade(s): 6 –12|
|CURR 664 The Arts in STEM: Advancing Meaningful Integration|
|CURR 673 NASA Astronomy and Space Science|
|SPRING 2019 RIDER STEM COURSES||7 ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS|
|CURR 517 Teaching and Learning Number and Operation||7 weeks generally 8 p.m. EST||1/28/19 – 3/11/19|
|CURR 520 Teaching and Learning Geometric Understanding||7 weeks generally 8 p.m. EST||3/25/19 – 5/6/19|
|CURR 641 Teaching and Learning Life Science||7 weeks generally 8 p.m. EST||1/28/19 – 3/11/19|
|CURR 643 Engineering Solutions to the Challenge of Contemporary Science Issues||7 weeks generally 8 p.m. EST||3/25/19 – 5/6/19|
CURR 660 Authentic Data in the Elementary STEM Classroom Description
Young learners can think deeply about content and make meaningful connections between their experiences, natural phenomena, and authentic data when teachers integrate data in purposeful ways. In this course, teachers construct student-centered STEM investigations integrating real-world scientific and mathematical data and build their understanding of the theoretical basis for this work. Participants gain knowledge of STEM resources, learn to access entry points for STEM in elementary classrooms and foster engaging contexts, like engineering, coding, and NASA mission exploration. Teachers explore the synergies between Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards for a productive and exciting learning environment that prepares students for ongoing interest in STEM. This course is recommended as a foundation for the Endeavor STEM certificate program.