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Integrative STEM Education (M.A.Ed.)


M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Campus (s): Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus and Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)
Instructions: Residential/On Campus  and Online Courses for VIrtual Option

Program Overview

A program primarily for K-12 STEM educators and related fields that develops 21st century STEM educators, leaders and scholars by facilitating broader understanding of the intersections among the STEM/ STEM education disciplines and new integrative approaches for the teaching/learning STEM content.This non-thesis Master’s degree is designed for students who already hold a Bachelor's Degree. The M.A.Ed. program will help you build on your existing knowledge and experience as you expand your understanding of STEM education through explorations of integrative strategies for teaching STEM concepts, often through design-based and transdisciplinary challenges. 


Why choose this program?

  • What makes Virginia Tech's Integrative STEM Education program different from other S.T.E.M. programs is our emphasis on the integrative approach and the connections among the subjects. We have found that framing problems in terms of a design-based challenge provides an excellent springboard for such investigations.
  • For example, challenging students to design a prototype power source for an off-grid hospital location would lead to (student-directed!) investigations of weather, climate, and electricity; solar- and wind-based technologies; material properties and specifications; and calculations of area and speed. Placing these concepts in a relevant context helps students see the immediate value of what they are learning, while they are constantly practicing their 21st-century skills of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. 

What You'll Study

The coursework for this degree is available on campus and through synchronous web-based delivery.

  • EDCI 5804: STEM Education Foundations (3 SH)
  • EDCI 5814 STEM Education Pedagogy (3 SH)
  • EDCI 5824: STEM Education Trends and Issues (3 SH)
  • EDCI 5834: STEM Education Research (3 SH)
  • EDCI 5844: STEM Education Seminar (3 SH)
  • EDCI 5854: Biotechnology Literacy by Design (3 SH)
  • EDCI 5774: Readings in STEM Education (3 SH)
  • EDCI 5964: Field Studies in Education (3 SH)

Options include:

  • Educational Foundations;
  • Educational Research;
  • Science Education;
  • Technology Education;
  • Mathematics Education;
  • Engineering Education; etc

Graduates of the Virginia Tech Integrative STEM Education program are among the most sought after professionals in higher education.

The School of Education provides students with a plethora of research opportunities, including experimental and observational research, field research, and secondary data analysis. Graduate students are also encouraged to lead research projects and publish in scholarly journals. The school provides support for professional development to participate in conferences through travel grants. Additional professional development and research support resources are provided by the Graduate School at Virginia Tech.

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center.

At Virginia Tech, Integrative STEM Education is operationally defined as "the application of technological/engineering design based pedagogical approaches to intentionally teach content and practices of science and mathematics education through the content and practices of technology/engineering education. Integrative STEM Education is equally applicable at the natural intersections of learning within the continuum of content areas, educational environments, and academic levels" 

(Wells & Ernst, 2012/2015)

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) in the final 60 semester hours.
  • Your current resume.
  • GRE is not required for this program.

Visit this page for more information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and what you'll need in detail.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
*Fall:  August 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: March 1.

John Wells
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Services Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)


John Wells
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Faculty Experts in Integrative STEM Education