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STEM Instructional Leader

McDaniel’s STEM Instructional Leader Program prepares you to take on STEM leadership roles in your school and in your district—and to make a difference in students’ lives.

Degree Types
Graduate Certificate
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About the Program

Developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Aerospace’s Center for Integrative STEM Education and initially piloted in Carroll County Public Schools and Newport News Public Schools, McDaniel’s Graduate Certificate in STEM Instructional Leader (SIL) is offered in an online format and is open to all interested educators.

Who Is It For?

The program is designed for many types of educators at varying stages of their careers:

  • Practicing childhood K-12 educators
  • Teachers seeking STEM leadership roles
  • Curriculum developers and supervisors
  • Instructional leaders
  • School administrators

Requirements for a STEM Instructional Leader Certificate

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Upcoming Online Information Sessions

Dec 9

Online Information Session

4:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Join Program Coordinator Sharon Bowers to learn more about the program. Register here. 

Jan 21

Online Information Session

4:30 p.m.

Join Program Coordinator Sharon Bowers to learn more about the program. Register here. 

Mar 18

Online Information Session

7:00 p.m.

Join Program Coordinator Sharon Bowers to learn more about the program. Register here. 

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Certificate and Endorsement

McDaniel’s STEM Instructional Leader (SIL) program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Higher Education Council (MHEC).

Students completing the six courses (18 credits) earn:

  • a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; and
  • the Instructional Leader: STEM (PreK-6) endorsement from MSDE.

Advancing Your Career

The SIL program offers several benefits that will help you build your knowledge and progress in your career. Throughout the program, you will:

  • Develop a practical and foundational understanding of STEM education content and practices that prepare you for STEM leadership roles. 
  • Develop and implement authentic, integrated inquiry- and design-based STEM learning experiences.
  • Deepen science, technology, and mathematics conceptual knowledge.
  • Develop an understanding of trends and issues related to STEM education.
  • Improve your understanding of the engineering design process.
  • Learn to support integrative STEM learning through inquiry using national science, engineering, and mathematics practices.
  • Establish a working understanding of Maryland’s STEM Standards of Practice (SOP) and the ability to develop lessons that support the SOP.
  • Utilize STEM notebooks as tools to develop students’ abilities to engage in argument from evidence and communicate information.
  • Enhance coaching and facilitation skills for both face-to-face and online professional development for colleagues.