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STEM Educator-Engineer Program (STEEP)

Discovering the excitement of innovation and technology often happens at an early age. For engineering students who want to inspire future generations with the power and possibilities of technology – and help fill a critical societal need for engineers – Boston University designed the STEM Educator-Engineer Program (STEEP).

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Founded in 2012, STEEP is one of the first programs to allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree in the College of Engineering and a master’s degree in the School of Education in five years. STEEP supports the College of Engineering’s mission to create societal engineers while leveraging the School of Education’s focus on intense practice in urban schools and meeting the needs of diverse learners. Fellowships from BU and the National Science Foundation (Noyce program) make these pathways accessible to more engineers.

STEEP graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline and a Master of Arts in Teaching, and are positioned to teach science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in middle schools and high schools across the country. Many secondary schools offer engineering and technology courses, majors and tracks, and STEEP graduates are prepared to teach these courses as well as bring traditional math and science lessons alive with connections to the innovation process.

As a STEEP graduate, you will fill a critical need in the nation’s schools. While many teachers come from math or science backgrounds, few have the experience to show students how engineers apply this knowledge to technology innovation that improves society. The demand for educators with the skills and passion for both engineering and education will continue to grow, driven by the national Next Generation Science standards, Common Core and state standards, and by the government, higher education institutions and US corporations.

ENG undergraduates in good academic good standing may first apply for STEEP under an expedited admission process in January of their sophomore year. No GRE is required. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible for an Initial MA educator’s license. The state has additional licensure requirements, such as testing. Upperclass engineers are also eligible to apply and are encouraged to contact Associate Dean Fougere to optimize their course selection.

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“My teachers influenced and made me who I am, and I strive to do the same by teaching math with engineering.”

David Martinez, Junior Mechanical Engineer and Future Math Educator in STEEP.

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“I want to make a difference, and teaching will help me make an impact on a large number of students who are talented but not aware of engineering.”

Mike Ward, Junior Mechanical Engineer, and Future Math Educator in STEEP.

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“I want to teach physics and use the design process to help my students learn to ask questions and develop a growth mindset.”

David Miller, Mechanical Engineer and Future Physics Educator in STEEP.

Curriculum Sequencing for STEM Educator-Engineer Program (STEEP) - Science or Math or Engineering

ENG undergraduates will choose to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching in math or science, and to teach either at the middle or high school level. STEEP enrollment begins in the fifth semester for students who have completed their UG distribution requirements with 18-20 credits of math, 16-20 credits of science, and 8 credits of humanities/social science electives. Students with AP credits are encouraged to start the education (SED) courses earlier. The General Education Electives are filled by SE 510 and DS 502.

For the mathematics MAT, ENG students will take additional mathematics or mathematics education courses beyond their major requirements, including ENG electives in programming and coding, enabling these math educators to teach computer science and coding. The science MAT, is aimed at students who want to teach physics in high school. They will enroll in additional science electives and/or ENG electives (e.g., engineering, advanced, technical or professional electives) to fulfill specific content requirements. Because each ENG major has different electives and math and science requirements, SED and ENG faculty will advise STEEP participants on an individual basis, according to their preferred licensure discipline. The University has approved a streamlined approach to combining the two degrees. Two samples of math and science MAT programs follow:


MASTERS OF ARTS IN TEACHING SECONDARY MATHEMATICS:

Fall – Junior Year

SED DS 502 Adolescent Development and Learning – 2 credits
ENG distribution courses

Spring – Junior Year

SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction – 2 credits
ENG distribution courses

Fall – Senior Year

SED CT 534 Classroom Management – 2 credits
CAS MA 193 Discrete – 2 credits
ENG distribution courses

Spring – Senior Year

SED ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education – 2 credits
Senior Design Project
ENG distribution courses

Fall – MAT Year

SED ME 547 Methods of Teaching Mathematics and Pre-Practicum (HS) – 6 credits
OR
SED ME 546 Methods of Teaching Mathematics and Pre-Practicum (MS) – 6 credits
SED ME 559 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry – 4 credits
SED ME 560 Mathematics for Teaching: Algebra – 4 credits
CAS MA Course OR SED Mathematics Education Course – 4 credits

Spring – MAT Year

SED ME 507 Student Teaching Practicum (Math. 5-8) – 8 credits
OR
SED ME 508 Student Teaching Practicum (Math. 8-12) – 8 credits
SED ED 502 Professional Teaching Seminar: Foundations of Teaching – 2 credits
SED ME 525 Assessment in Mathematics – 2 credits
SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in the MS or HS – 4 credits


MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING SECONDARY SCIENCE:

Fall – Junior Year

SED DS 502 Adolescent Development and Learning – 2 credits
ENG distribution courses

Spring – Junior Year

SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction – 2 credits
ENG distribution courses

Fall – Senior Year

SED CT 534 Classroom Management – 2 credits
ENG distribution courses

Spring – Senior Year

SED ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education (required of Noyce Scholars) – 2 credits
CAS Science Elective (Physics) – 4 credits
ENG distribution courses
Engineering Senior Design Project

Fall – MAT Year

SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in the MS or HS – 4 credits
SED SC 539 Explaining Science: A Philosophical Perspective – 4 credits
SED SC 570 Science Methods – 4 credits
SED SC 576 Pre-Practicum – 2 credits
CAS Science Elective (Physics) – 4 credits

Spring – MAT Year

SED ED 502 Professional Teaching Seminar: Foundations of Teaching – 2 credits
SED SC 510 Student Teaching Practicum (Science 8-12) – 8 credits
OR
SED SC 509 Student Teaching Practicum (Science 5-8) – 8 credits
SED SC 572 Teaching in the Science Disciplines – 4 credits
CAS Science Elective (Physics) OR ENG course – 4 credits