Jun 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Self-Designed Major, Elementary STEM Education, B.A.

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The undergraduate Self-Designed Contract Major is designed to prepare those students seeking to teach STEM education to children with a strong foundation in mathematics and science. The overarching goal of the program is to prepare educators with a deep understanding of the Common Core Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards. Coursework models best teaching practices, emphasizes using reading and writing across the STEM curriculum, and focuses on hands-on, problem-based learning. 

Students completing the degree will have satisfied the USM Core Curriculum and the STEM Education Major. A minimum of 60.5 credits are required for the STEM Education major, 120 credits total are required for graduation.

Program Requirements

USM Core Curriculum

Major Requirements: (Minimum credits required for the major: 60.5)

Mathematics and Science Content and Pedagogy (9-15 credits)


Students must complete elective credits to complete the 120 minimum credits for graduation.

USM Core Requirements

The USM Core Curriculum is a coherent, integrative, and rigorous liberal education that enables our graduates to be world-minded, intentional, life-long learners and captures your general education degree requirements. 

Please Note: Core requirements may be part of your major and/or minor, and Core may have been fulfilled with transfer credit. Please consult your MaineStreet Degree Progress Report (DPR) and review your degree progress with your Advisor.  For additional information, access the USM Core webpage.

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