I’d be interested in getting a Masters in Engineering with a specialization in Teaching Engineering. That would be very cool.
Teaching teachers enough Engineering to teach engineering in K-12 would be really exciting. Could be totally online so students don’t have to be local. Offering a hybrid version with some on-campus classes for those who can get there would make the whole program more dynamic. There are lots of teachers who want to teach K-12 engineering. Offering it as a Masters program would be great. Even a certificate program would be interesting.
Pretty good model, already in place. Way more specialized with a smaller audience than a Master of Science in Engineering Education would have. What is the enrollment in Space Education?
What is involved in putting a new online Masters program in place? Lead time? Funding? Administration? Credentialing? Course development?
- Established in 2010, the Master’s of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Engineering was generated out of the generous support of the Kodosky Foundation as a part of a gift to Prepare Engineers as Teachers (PET). The M.A.T. in Engineering is a unique program and breaking new ground in preparing engineers as teachers in Massachusetts. Candidates in the program will undergo an authentic interdisciplinary experience working with faculty, staff, and students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.
- The program builds on the successful teacher preparation programs of the Tufts Department of Education and the successful collaborations the department has had with development of engineering curriculum and STEM outreach in the Tufts School of Engineering, in particular the work of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. The program is designed to create a deeply reflective, intellectual culture of considering engineering in schools that bridges the traditional tensions between research and practice in teacher preparation.
- In the fall of 2009, the Tufts School of Engineering approved the Engineering Education Minor program. The Engineering Education minor provides students with hands-on teaching experience through the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP). Engineering students participating in STOMP visit local K-12 classrooms once a week to facilitate hands-on engineering lessons, and gain a first-hand perspective on the challenges faced by educators today.
With the MS Space Education as a guide (and I’m guessing, a very limited audience), something more general like MS Engineering Education could follow a similar format and process and potentially grow to a sizable program. Lots of teachers go on to Masters in Education of some sort.
There was a big study – will find reference, on teaching Engineering in K-12. They concluded that most teachers are not in a position to teach engineering, and that even math and science are a stretch for many. In addition to the usual – time, current curriculum, etc. most teachers were never taught any engineering and were not taught to teach engineering. An MS Engineering Education would address that
Master of Science in Space Education (MSSE) was developed and is offered in collaboration with Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services.
Nova Southeastern University is pretty well known in post grad online education. The arrangement with ERAU would be beneficial to both. Assumes ERAU provides the technical content and teaching?