UMBC offers a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades STEM in response to the critical shortage declared by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) of middle grades (4-9) teachers in mathematics and science and the call by the University System of Maryland (USM) 10-year strategic plan (“Powering Maryland Forward”) to “triple the number of STEM teachers graduating from USM institutions.” With only 41% of teachers in Maryland being prepared in-state, the degree is timely and uniquely prepares graduates for employment in this critical occupational growth area. No other institution of higher education in Maryland offers a Middle Grades STEM degree.
UMBC’s Middle Grades STEM degree was developed in collaboration with UMBC’s Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics departments along with its College of Engineering and Information Technology to ensure that the program includes in-depth understanding of all STEM content areas.
The program’s education coursework is patterned after existing UMBC teacher certification programs but tailored to focus on characteristics of teaching specific to middle grades and STEM so that graduates can engage their students in meaningful, inquiry-driven instruction as required by new education standards (e.g., Maryland College and Career Readiness Mathematical Standards, Next Generation Science Standards).
This highly marketable degree will prepare you for employment immediately after graduation.