STEM Education Leadership

Program Objectives

Stem EducationThis Masters of Science Graduate program focuses specifically on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) integration through design, leadership, and research. Graduates of the sTEm Education Leadership program will be prepared to become leaders in integrated STEM in a variety of positions including university professors, K-12 teachers, policymakers, administrators, informal learning specialists, and others. A central theme of our program is preparing graduate students to use and conduct research that informs practice. Through our vibrant and robust graduate program, the research production around integrated STEM will address crucial needs across the country. 

This sTEm Education Leadership is only among a handful of programs in the nation that offer related graduate degrees in STEM. Other include Virginia Tech University, North Carolina State University, and Illinois State University. What distinguishes Purdue’s program is that it is located at a premier research intensive university, and this program has a specific focus on integration through design, leadership, and research. The program brings together a dynamic set of elements that establishes Purdue University as leaders in STEM education. Graduate students will get the opportunity to engage in a vibrant and robust research program.

Program Learning outcomes

  1. Graduates will be prepared to interpret educational research in STEM fields.
  2. Graduates will be able to implement research based educational experiences for K12 STEM students.
  3. Graduates will be able to conduct research on educational interventions and make data driven decisions regarding pedagogical and content changings in K12 educational environments.
  4. Graduates will be able to mentor other educators and make systematic educational changes in their organization. 

Faculty Involved

Program Plan of Study

The MS TLI core courses support research and project management in technological contexts. In addition to the major courses, this area of concentration requires five courses. The additional courses align with development of student's specialization, both in developing their professional expertise and research capabilities.

MS TLI Core (18 cr)

Course Number Course Title
Tech 64600 Analysis of Research in Industry and Technology (3 cr)
IT 50700 Measurement and Evaluation in Industry and Tech or STAT 501 / 511 (3 cr)
IT 50800 Quality and Productivity in Industry and Technology or STAT 502 / 512 (3 cr)
IT 57100 Project Management in Industry and Technology (3 cr)
TECH 69800 Thesis (6 Cr)

Specialization Courses (12 cr) 

Course Number 

Course Title
EDPS 53300 or TLI 66200 or IT 59000 or GRAD 61200

Introduction To Educational Research I: Methodology (3 cr) or Philosophy of Technology (3 cr) or Research Seminar In Technology Education (1 cr) or Responsible Conduct Of Research (1 cr) 

IT 50700 or IT 59000

Measurement And Evaluation In Industry And Technology (3 cr)* or Research Seminar In Technology Education (1 cr)

TECH 64600 or IT 59000

Analysis of Research In Industry And Technology (3 cr)* or Research Seminar In Technology Education (1 cr) 

IT 69800

MS Thesis (6 cr) Thesis Proposal to Committee 

Emphasis Areas

Area Courses

Design Cognition 

Design Theory And Technology - TECH 58100
Neuroscience & Engr Edu Resrch - ENE 69500
Design, Cognition And Learning - ENE 62000
Content, Assessment And Pedagogy: An Integrated Engineering Design Approach - ENE 50600 Cognitive Engineering - ENE 59500

Learning Theories And Instructional Design - EDCI 53100 Tech Innov & Decision Making - TECH 62100
Educational Methods In Engineering - ENE 68500
Thry Dev & Engr Think - ENE 69500

Advanced Instructional Design Theory - EDCI 67400 Social Construction Knowledge - ENE 59500 

STEM Leadership, Policy, and Administration 

Ed Policy making & Social Justice - EDST 59100
Legal Aspects of American Education - EDST 60900
Leadership, Policy, & Change - ENE 59500
Interpersonal Skills For Leaders - OLS 58000
School-Community Relations - EDST 51600
Organization And Administration Of Training And Development - OLS 57700 Principles & Mgmt Of Six Sigma - TECH 58100
Six Sigma Black Belt - IT 59000
Implementation And Advanced Topics Of Enterprise Six Sigma - TLI 53410 Quality Management, Audits And Inspections - TLI 52300
Behavioral Analytics - 20362 - TLI 5270i0 - 001 

Assessment and Evaluation

Introduction To Measurement And Evaluation - EDPS 53100
Content, Assessment And Pedagogy: An Integrated Engineering Design Approach - ENE 50600 Assessment In Career And Technical Education - EDCI 64900
Identification, Evaluation, And Assessment Of Exceptional Individuals - EDPS 56300 Foundations Of Curriculum - EDCI 58000 or EDCI 59000
Foundations Of Career Development And Assessment - EDPS 50500
Micro-credentialing In CBE - EDCI 59000 

Integrated STEM 

Intro To K 12 STEM Integration - EDCI 59100
Teaching Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering And Math - EDCI 60500
Design Theory And Technology - TECH 58100
Content, Assessment And Pedagogy: An Integrated Engineering Design Approach - ENE 50600 Production Of Instructional Materials - EDCI 55400
Educational Technology For Teaching And Learning - EDCI 56000
Educational Methods In Engineering - ENE 68500
Learning Theories And Instructional Design - EDCI 53100
Teaching engineering and tech design in the context of integrated stem-EDCI 59100 

Research Methods 

Introduction To Educational Research II: Measurement Consideration - EDPS 53400
Experimental Statistics I - STAT 50100 or Measurement And Eval. In Industry And Technology - IT 50700 Experimental Statistics II - STAT 50200
Statistical Methods - STAT 51100
Design Of Experiments - STAT 51400
Critical Theories In Ed Research - EDCI 68400
Engineering Education Inquiry - ENE 50300
Sampling And Survey Techniques - STAT 52200
Time Series And Applications - STAT 52000
Item Response Theory - EDPS 63600
Applied Research Design DBR - EDPS 59000
Single Case Research Designs - EDPS 59000
Single Subject Research Design - EDPS 68800
Applied Multivariate Analysis - STAT 52400
Applied Regression Analysis - STAT 51200
Qualitative Research Methods In Education - EDCI 61500
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Education - EDCI 61600 

Other 

History And Philosophy Of Engineering Education - ENE 50200 Engr Education Foundations - ENE 59500
Globalization And Engineering - ENE 55400
Academic Writing In Engr Ed - ENE 69500

Multicultural Education - EDCI 58500
Empathy And Critical Pedagogy - EDCI 59000
Activism For Anti-Oppressive Education - EDCI 59000 Foundations Of Learning Design And Technology - EDCI 51300 Contemporary Curriculum Theory - EDCI 68200
Narrative Inquiry In Education - EDCI 68400
Motivation And Instructional Design - EDCI 58800
Motivation And Transfer - EDPS 59000
Intellectual Assessment - EDPS 59100
Achievement Motivation And Performance - EDPS 53600 Personality Assessment - EDPS 62300
Games And Learners - EDCI 59000
Educational Video Game Design - EDCI 55600
Edu Software Design - EDCI 62700
Online Teaching And Learning - EDCI 59100
MOOCs And ID - EDCI 59000
Theoretical And Method Frameworks - EDCI 59000
P12 Learning Environments - ENE 69500
Preparing Future Professionals - GRAD 59000
Principles Of Adult Education - EDCI 56500
Advanced Educational Psychology - EDPS 59000
Project Management In Industry And Technology - IT 57100 Educational Facilities Planning - EDST 51300

Other classes as offered in these departments: TECH, TLI, IT, OLS, ENE, EDCI, EDPS, EDST, STAT, GRAD 

*Required courses. (IT 507 can be replaced by STAT 501 or EDCI 615)

Admission requirements, application process, and deadlines

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application to the graduate program:

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose - see information under Completing the Application
  • Resume - 1-5 page resume to be uploaded in the application

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score has been set

International Applicant Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements: Reading: 19, Listening: 14, Speaking: 18, Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module): An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module): An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers: Not required, but recommended

Deadlines for application

  Fall Spring Summer
US Citizen or resident (on-campus) April 1 October 1 April 1
US Citizen or resident (distance) July 1 November 15 No Entry
International (on-campus) April 1 September 1 February 15
International (distance) June 15 October 15 No Entry