STEM Education Major (BS)

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A Bachelor of Science in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education will help you guide young learners' creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity into the limitless fields of STEM. As a teacher, you'll empower students to become thinkers who change the world.

Hamline's STEM education degree puts you on the pathway toward earning a teaching license in life sciences, mathematics, chemistry, or physics, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. You'll learn the core principles of the STEM fields, focusing on how natural sciences and mathematics can improve lives, and develop skills to share that knowledge with students of all ages.

To earn a Minnesotan teaching license, students will need to take just three additional education courses and complete a student teaching seminar and a semester of student teaching. And in addition to the hard skills and knowledge base this program offers, you'll be part of a strong network of fellow Hamline School of Education and Leadership students, alumni, and faculty.

Student research opportunities

At Hamline, students participate in research with faculty as early as their first year, something usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions. You'll design and conduct your own research project based on your individual interests and goals.

The list of possible research projects is as varied as our students. For example, picture yourself:

  • Designing and implementing a restorative justice program with middle schoolers
  • Developing a school garden as part of an environmental education program
  • Participating in a clinical experience in a Minneapolis school as you build your understanding of what makes an effective school and classroom teacher
  • Joining one of Hamline’s collaborative projects at Hamline Elementary just across the street from campus, including one-on-one tutoring; environmental education; guided clinicals with master teachers; sponsored fellowships in STEM education; and student-teaching

During your research process, you’ll collaborate with professionals at major research institutions, publish your research in academic journals, and present your work at local, regional, and national conferences.

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Internships for STEM education students

A variety of experiences in schools are built into the education major to help prepare you for success as an educator. As part of these experiences, you might find yourself: 

  • Leading outdoor plant biology lessons for elementary schoolers in local parks
  • Helping students build their science exploration skills in the “Inquiry Zone” at Crossroads Science Magnet Elementary School
  • Tutoring first graders in reading and math skills at Hamline Elementary
  • Designing an interdisciplinary project environmental science and social justice project for middle schoolers 
  • Consulting with educators on new math curricula to engage students in real-world applications

Explore career paths

Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs, such as:

  • Life sciences teacher
  • Lab instructor
  • Nature center community educator in a non-school setting
  • K-12 principal

You can also put your degree to work in any number of fields, including:

  • Educational consulting
  • Test development
  • Curriculum design
  • Child psychology

Take your studies further with graduate school

Many education graduates have returned to Hamline to pursue advanced degrees and licenses in education. Our goal is to support you on every step of your journey in education. Post-graduate opportunities for education students include:

  • Additional teaching licenses, from other STEM fields to other areas of high need and interest
  • Administrative licensure for principals and superintendents
  • Education specialist degree (EDS)
  • Master of Arts in education
  • Master of Arts in literacy education
  • Master of Arts in natural sciences and environmental education
  • Doctorate in Education