The rest of the world is surging past the U.S. in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) as more and more students struggle with those subjects. The importance of STEM education to the U.S. economy is undeniable. STEM teachers can enhance students' STEM skills by taking advantage of an online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Math Educationgraduate degree. The master's degree offers a concentration in math education.
Groups call for more STEM education
The National Math + Science Initiative, a nonprofit organization designed to transform education in the U.S., and the STEM Education Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based organization on the forefront of STEM initiatives, both advocate for STEM education to ensure America is economically viable. The competitive global marketplace demands competency, and in order for America to regain its competitiveness, the importance of STEM education must not be overlooked.
STEM education shortfalls
According to the Initiative: The American economy fell to No. 48 in math and science education as ranked by the World Economic Forum. Additional data supporting the importance of STEM education from the coalition indicate only 16 percent of high school seniors have solid math skills, based on Department of Education statistics. The coalition says half of all graduates are not prepared for opportunities in STEM. Roughly two-thirds of math students and one-third of the students taking physical science classes in high school had teachers who either had not majored in those subjects or were not certified to teach those courses.
Teachers encouraged to get advanced STEM training
Improving STEM teachers' training is vital to closing the knowledge gap and to fueling U.S. economic growth. The training offered by the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Math Education will ensure that your students are better prepared for the growing number of STEM jobs. Courses such as Advanced Instructional Strategies with an Emphasis on Science and Math and Understanding Classroom Research are a great investment for STEM teachers. The master's degree also provides STEM teachers with the confidence needed to help students improve their performance in the classroom so that the U.S. can become more competitive in the global marketplace.
Learn more about UTA’s online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Math Education.
STEM Education Coalition, http://www.stemedcoalition.org/
The STEM Crisis, National Math + Science Initiative, https://www.nms.org/AboutNMSI/TheSTEMCrisis.aspx
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