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Integrative STEM Education

(Graduate Certificate)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Online Courses for Virtual Option

Expand your understanding of Integrative STEM Education as you research curricular connections and integrative strategies for design based teaching and learning of STEM content and practices.


Semester Hours

STEM Collaboratory


Faculty Commitment

Founded in 1946

What You’ll Study

12 graduate semester hours (from the Integrative STEM Education core courses) that prepare educators and leaders to teach and/or facilitate new integrative approaches in STEM education.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree, 3.0+ GPA (min.) in final 60 SH of bachelor’s degree program; Undergraduate Transcripts; Resume

Certificate Requirements

To be awarded the “Integrative STEM Education Graduate Certificate” students must successfully complete 12 semester hours (SH) of coursework offered by the Integrative STEM Education

Program at Virginia Tech as follows:

Complete the following Integrative STEM Education Core Courses:

  • EDCI 5814: STEM Education Pedagogy (3 SH – Fall Semester)
  • EDCI 5804: STEM Education Foundations (3 SH – Fall Semester)
  • EDCI 5774: PR: Readings in Technology Education (3 SH – Spring or Fall Semester)
  • EDCI 5854: Biotechnology Literacy by Design (3 SH – Spring Semester)

Alternative Course (can replace EDCI 5854)

  • EDCI 5824: STEM Education Trends and Issues (3 SH – Spring Semester)

Career and Professional Development

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.

Blacksburg campus, or online through the Virtual campus

The program may be completed at the Blacksburg campus, or online through the Virtual campus.

The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. Virtual campus students likewise enjoy library access, electronically and by mail, and technical support.

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • The cognitive demands addressed through technological and engineering design-based teaching and learning
  • Instructional strategies for design-based biotechnology literacy
  • Integrative pedagogical practices among STEM education areas
  • Instructional Design and Technology

John Wells, Associate Professor

John Wells, Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • K-12 teacher professional development in engineering education
  • Design and implementation of project-based classroom activities

Students interested in applying to the Integrative STEM Education (Graduate Certificate) should contact the program director, Dr. John Wells, by email at

Visit our office at the Public Safety Building Suite 201 (0313), 330 Sterrett Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Deadlines for non-degree students
Spring: September 1
Fall:  April 1


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

School of Education (SOE) Programs

School of Education
Public Safety Building,
Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061