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STEM Education and Leadership Graduate Certificate

Why Earn Your Certificate?

Graduate-level certificates are graduate courses of study approved by an academic unit. These certificates:

  • Provide professional development and career advancement
  • Broaden career options
  • Enhance your skills
  • Educate you as part of the process of lifelong learning

The certificate program is not a degree program, although courses completed as part of the certificate curriculum could be used in meeting degree requirements where appropriate.

Each certificate requires three specific courses totaling nine credit hours. Courses completed as a portion of the certificate program may also be counted toward the requirements of the Master of Science in Technology degree.

The Department of Technology graduate coordinator will advise students and confirm completion of certificate requirements.

Required Courses

These are not preparation courses for the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examinations. Each will provide more than 40 contact hours of basic education on project management-related concepts, tools, techniques, and methodologies. To assure that state-of-the-art practices are introduced, the Project Management Body of Knowledge is the basis for selecting content to be included in these introductory courses.

  • TEC 423: STEM Education Learning Theories — summer
  • TEC 424: STEM Education Integrated Curriculum — fall
  • TEC 425: STEM Education Leadership — spring

TEC 310 (STEM Education Foundations), which is used as a prerequisite course for both TEC 423 and TEC 424, does not count toward the certificate, but does count toward the Master of Science degree. TEC 310 is offered online during the summer.

To learn more about each course, the prerequisites, and any additional certificate requirements, review the Graduate Catalog.

Plan of Study

After admittance to a non-degree graduate certificate program, the student should complete the Plan of Study for the certificate.

Grade Point Average

In order to be awarded the certificate, all required courses must be completed with a "B" or better. All certificate required coursework must be completed in the Department of Technology at Illinois State.

Time Limit

All requirements for a graduate level certificate must be completed within six calendar years, beginning with the date the student first registers as a graduate level certificate student.