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Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning, STEM Education

The Master of Arts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is designed to broaden your perspectives on learning, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in STEM education. We’ve carefully designed this program so you will be able to solve immediate educational problems and will foster growth in understanding and conducting educational research.

A blend of theory and practice, the program is composed of core courses as well as specialized courses tailored to the your needs. Flexibility in related coursework lets you develop an interdisciplinary perspective on mathematics, science and technology education.


The STEM master of arts program features an integrated core in mathematics, science and technology education, including coursework in learning/cognition, multicultural issues, integrated content and professional development.

In addition to the core, you will increase the depth of your expertise a specialty area such as mathematics education; science education; technology and engineering education; the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; middle school STEM education; or elementary school STEM education. There also is opportunity in the program for coursework in areas such as administration and supervision or training and development.

As a student, you are assigned a faculty adviser in your specialty area to assist in program planning. Program content is selected to fit your background and experience as well as professional goals.

Our STEM Education Program emphasizes research on student thinking, learning, cognition, modeling and the instructional strategies that promote these areas. It features strengths in reaching all students who struggle to learn as well as how to use multiple technologies to teach in STEM Education.

The MA program is designed with the practicing professional in mind. During the school year courses typically begin at or after 4:30 p.m. Summer classes are available. The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

The STEM master of arts program also builds community among practitioners, students and scholars. Collaboration is key to finding solutions to common STEM education problems across districts and schools. To foster these relationships and collaboration, the program emphasizes onsite coursework to engage in peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty dialogue and discussion. STEM faculty also are committed to building lasting partnerships with teachers in local classrooms and often engage in collaborative work with teachers, schools, parents, families, and communities to conduct research on how children learn STEM concepts and skills.

Career Paths

Students who complete the STEM master of arts program continue their professional careers in the classroom, take leadership positions such as department chairs or district coordinators, and/or continue their educational journeys by entering EdS or PhD programs.


Deadline to Apply: 
March 15 for Autumn; Sept. 1 for Spring
Program Start: 
Autumn semester is typical however, entry is possible in spring or summer with faculty consultation

Program requirements: 3 department core courses (9 hours), 1 research-based course (3 hours), 1 STEM core course (3 hours), specialization courses (12 hours), exit examination or project (3 hours)
Coursework: Current trends and issues in the field, individually-tailored elective courses on STEM Education topics
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 30 (thesis), 33 (non-thesis)
Other requirements: Exit examination/capstone project

Admission considerations: A number of factors are considered in admissions decisions. These include: clear goals for MA completion, professional experiences working directly with children or within educational settings, and other qualifications. STEM education faculty also work to match students with faculty mentors who have aligned expertise and interests. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the MA program and faculty information prior to applying; statements of purpose should demonstrate alignment between applicants’ goals and interests and what the program and its faculty offer. 

Finanical support: Master's students may be competitive for scholarships and should consult with Teaching and Learning Academic Services for further details. Be sure to check the box on your application regarding whether you want to be considered for financial support.

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STEM education faculty are highly engaged in teaching, research and service. In addition to serving as mentors and course instructors, faculty are involved in various externally funded research projects, including The Ohio State University – Modeling Biology Instruction: Leaders in Science and Engineering Project [OSU-MoBILiSE], STEM+C - Assessing the Impact of Computer Modeling and Programming in Secondary Algebra, and local and state educational initiatives.

Columbus Campus Faculty

Michael Battista, PhD, EHE Distinguished Professor, Mathematics Education and STEM Convener
Patricia Brosnan, PhD, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Theodore Chao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education
Lin Ding, PhD, Associate Professor, Science Education
Karen Irving, PhD, Associate Professor, Science Education
Azita Manouchehri, PhD, Professor, Mathematics Education
Arnulfo Perez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education
Paul Post, PhD, Assistant Professor, Technology and Engineering Education and STEM Convener
Mandy McCormick-Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor, Science Education
Sheryl Sorby, PhD, Professor, Engineering Education

Regional Campus Faculty

Aina Appova, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education
Terri Bucci, PhD, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Diana Erchick, PhD, Professor, Mathematics Education
Donna Farland-Smith, EdD, Associate Professor, Science Education
Hea-Jin Lee, PhD, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education


Department of Teaching and Learning
333 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Michael Battista
Area of Study Convener/ EHE Distinguished Professor

Paul Post
Area of Study Convener

T&L Academic Services