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.
Total cost at ACE$7,025
(tuition + fees)
Compare with other institutions*:
University of Phoenix
*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2018
Applications due April 3 for April 6, 2020 Term
Estimated Time to Completion:
The M.Ed. in STEM Leadership 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.***
Cathy McKay, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Professional Educational Studies
Dr. Cathy McKay spent most of her professional career in the K-12 context. As she taught in both public and private schools, she worked with many educators on a variety of projects including process improvement, standard test readiness, and alternative educational opportunities. She helped develop two district-wide curricula in science and math for grades K-12. Additionally, she participated in programs to improve student achievement through data analysis.
While continuing her work in K-12 education, Dr. McKay transitioned to higher education through teaching at a local community college, where she developed and implemented programs focusing on student success, primarily in mathematics.
We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional 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 Leadership
31 semester credits x $235 per credit
$50 Application Fee
$1,000 Technology & Library Fee ($40 per credit)
$100 Program Conferral Fee
Total Program Cost*
*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.
M.Ed. in STEM Leadership
*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program
All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.
All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:
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.
(22 semester credits)
*Credit received through completing the Certificate in STEM Teaching at NISE.
(6 semester credits)
(3 semester credits)