Master of Education
STEM Education

Total cost:

$7,025 View Tuition Details

Application due date for April 12, 2021 term: April 9

Estimated time to completion: 15 Months

Take your career further.

This program will help you empower students to think like scientists. It was designed in conjunction with The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and Accelerate Learning and offers a holistic overview of historical and current issues impacting integrated science education while cultivating research-based strategies to improve student learning.


Nationally for most Master’s of Education graduates.*

What you can expect.

  • Flexible Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Additional Credential You are required to complete the Certificate in STEM Teaching with the National Institute of STEM Education (NISE) to graduate from this program. This allows you to leave ACE with not only a master’s degree, but with an additional certificate to add to your resume.
  • Well-Rounded Approach: This program examines the science, math, and engineering teaching applications at the elementary, secondary, and college level.
  • Relevant Coursework All courses are designed to provide technological, didactic, and integrated curriculum planning skills that can immediately improve STEM learning in your school environment.

National Institute for STEM Education

The M.Ed. in STEM Education program has been designed in conjunction with the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and Accelerate Learning, the provider of STEMScopes learning tools. NISE is the leading conferrer of the National Certificate for STEM Teaching for classroom teachers, and the National Certificate for STEM Excellence for campuses and districts.

Students will complete the Certificate for STEM Teaching with the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE). This certificate will transfer into ACE as six credits/two courses (SCI5243 and SCI5263) needed for degree completion. To ensure degree progression, completion, students need to complete this Certificate in STEM Teaching before starting their third term at ACE.***

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • SCI5243 Creating an Environment for STEM Learning 3 semester credits
  • ED5023 Assessment Strategies 3 semester credits
  • RES5323 Research Design and Application 3 semester credits

Dual Degree Programs

After you complete your M.Ed. in STEM Education, you can earn a second M.Ed. degree in less time due to the overlap in required courses. If you’re interested in an M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum, visit our Dual Degree page.
Cathy McKay, Ed.D.

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Cathy McKay, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Professional Educational Studies
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A Degree You Can Count On

We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.


** Total cost of coursework at ACE is $6,650. Total cost of the program, including the courses taken with NISE, is $7,285.00. Call 800.531.0864 with any questions.

***Verification of completed National Institute for STEM Education (NISE)/Accelerate Learning (ALI) coursework will be required upon completion of the second course taken at ACE.


M.Ed. in STEM Education

Total Tuition

31 semester credits
x $229 per credit**



$50 Application Fee

$1,000 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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*Students will take two courses of this program through the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and will transfer into ACE for degree completion. Total cost of coursework at ACE is $6,650. Total cost of the program, including the courses taken with NISE, is $7,285.00.

This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in STEM Education

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in STEM Education

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission*
  • Documentation of at least an initial teaching license (in the state the applicant resides), school service personnel license, or a school services certificate 
  • If applicants do not have a teaching certificate, they may document their teaching status by providing evidence of full-time teaching assignment from an individual in a supervisory capacity or from a human resources official of the school at their current employment


*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


M.Ed. in STEM Education

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 31 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Science Instruction Courses (22 semester credits)

This course develops the skills necessary for educators to evaluate and improve the STEM learning environment by empowering students to explore, contribute, and collaborate in learning situations conducive to inquiry. In guiding and facilitating the selection, evaluation, and application of technology effectively through cooperative learning, a deeper understanding is established. By building authentic, real-world connections, as a framework is created which establishes relevant social and interpersonal skills.
This course develops skills in observing, asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing and communicating reasonable conclusions as important skills for daily living. Used by a range of careers, the skills in identifying and solving problems contribute to understanding real issues. Project-based learning (PBL) establishes a genuine world context as it engages students in meaningful experiences. These require the ability to state a claim, cite appropriate evidence, and connect the evidence to the claim using reason as a form of scientific argumentation.
This course provides a holistic overview of historical and current issues and trends impacting science education in today's global society. Emphasis is placed on the examination of diverse viewpoints and approaches to integrated science education to examine research-based integrative models and strategies for the improvement of student learning. Participants will examine current STEM education initiatives related to policy, method, and engagement. Critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and writing skills are emphasized. While using an integrated approach, this course spotlights content-rich components dedicated to biology, chemistry, and physics.
The course will examine didactic strategies of pedagogy, andragogy, multiple intelligence theory, social learning theory and exchange theory to foster the innovative engagement of diverse learners. Emphasis will be placed on strategies related to the differentiation of instruction.
This course will examine the integration of digital resources into the integrated science learning environment. Participates will explore digital resources and develop strategies for effectively integrating technology with didactic strategies to address the needs of diverse learners and enhance learning.
This course examines best practice in developing curriculum to foster student learning in the field of mathematics and science. Emphasis is placed on curriculum theory, curriculum design, development of instructional manipulatives, and the implementation and evaluation of curriculum for didactic improvement.
Designed to develop the understanding and strategies necessary to promote student mastery of skills needed for successful, lifelong learning in STEM, this course guides the development of critical questions and essential concepts. By breaking down misconceptions, learning how to observe and analyze communication skills, and using assessment to inform instruction, understanding of the societal role of science fosters scientific literacy.
The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout, and as a result of studies related to the STEM Education program.

*Credit received through completing the Certificate in STEM Teaching at NISE.

Teaching/Learning Core Courses (6 semester credits)

Embracing the value of assessment and evaluation is the first step in improving learner outcomes through datadriven decision-making. This course develops relevant competencies and promotes a healthy balance of utilizing formative and summative assessments, evaluation practices, and data to inform and guide integrated curriculum development and instructional delivery. Assessments can provide facilitators with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of diverse learners in a variety of school and organizational settings.
This problem-based course is designed to guide the conditions of applying principles in new contexts. By examining how common components cross disciplines to create interdependency, this course uses abstract representations to enhance and facilitate conceptual transfer. Curriculum is perceived through the understanding of social relationships, cognition, and frameworks for problem solving using real-world issues which allow theories in one field to parallel application in another.

Research Courses (3 semester credits)

This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their schools and organizations. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. The course places action research within the context of various types of research and examines research in terms of basic concepts and various purposes, methods, data, and paradigms. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for educational and organizational leaders.