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STEM Instructional Leadership

McDaniel’s STEM Instructional Leadership 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 Leadership (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 Leadership Certificate

Admissions Requirements

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

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Certificate, Endorsement, Or Both

You can complete five courses and earn your certificate. Or you can complete five courses plus the practicum component and earn your certificate with an endorsement.

  • Students interested in earning the McDaniel Post-Baccalaureate Certificate must complete the five core courses (15 credits total). Those not choosing to continue their studies with the practicum course will receive their Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at the start of the next term.
  • To earn the Maryland State Department of Education, (MSDE) “Instructional Leader: STEM (PreK-6)” endorsement, students must remain active in the STEM Instructional Leadership Program and complete the practicum course. At the conclusion of the practicum, students will receive the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and MSDE Endorsement.

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.