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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, STEM Education, Shady Grove

The EdTerps Learning Academy provides formal and informal training and professional development opportunities that encompasses current evidence-based research and practice related to instruction, policy analysis, counseling, and human development.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact: Dr. Amy Green at


The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialty: STEM Education, Shady Grove (MCSTE) has a 30-credit, 10-course curriculum designed for elementary and middle school teachers to engage with the integrated content, skills, and practices of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

  • Cohort structure is designed to help build a professional learning community.
  • Participants use cutting edge technology and innovative tools to build a Professional Learning Network as they develop philosophies regarding issues of authenticity, equity, and achievement in STEM. 
  • Grounded in theory and research, learning experiences in all courses employ pedagogical approaches featuring inquiry, logical reasoning, and collaboration.
  • Can be completed in three years of continuous part-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.

Program Feature

With successful completion, teachers earn a master’s degree and qualify for an add-on certification endorsement from the state of Maryland as “Instructional Leader: STEM (PreK-6)”.


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows: TLPL Course Descriptions.

Course Number Title
TLPL600 Learning with Technology
TLPL613 Innovations & Problem Solving in the Math Classroom
TLPL621 Teaching & Learning in the Physical Sciences
TLPL623 Biological Principles in Learning & Teaching
TLPL668 Developing a Professional Teaching Portfolio
TLPL675 Embracing Diversity in the Classroom Communities
TLPL677 Reframing Teacher Professionalism: Achieving Teacher Leadership
TLPL688C Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction: Engineering
TLPL698 Conducting Research on Teaching
TLPL788D Computer Science/CT for ES Teachers

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director.
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration that are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan

Semester Year Course Number USG In Person Section Code Online Section Code Credits
Fall 2022 1 TLPL668 PV** - 1
Fall 2022 1 TLPL621 PV** - 3
Spring 2023 1 TLPL668 PV** - 1
Spring 2023 1 TLPL623 PV** - 3
Summer 2023 1 TLPL668 PV** - 1
Summer 2023 1 TLPL613 PV** - 3
Fall 2023 2 TLPL675 - PU** 3
Fall 2023 2 TLPL698 - PU** 1
Spring 2024 2 TLPL600 PV** PU** 3
Spring 2024 2 TLPL698 - PU** 1
Summer 2024 2 TLPL688C PV** - 3
Summer 2024 2 TLPL698 - PU** 1
Fall 2024 3 TLPL788D - PU** 3
Spring 2025 3 TLPL677 PV** - 3


  • Features a blend of in-person and online learning.
  • Instruction provided by UMD faculty and professionals in the field.
  • Uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).
  • Classes meet once a week in the fall and spring semester and every day for three weeks in early summer.

In-Person Instruction

  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive seminar-style instruction.
  • Classes are held in the evenings in The Universities at Shady Grove campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend lectures virtually (e.g., use of video technology, such as Zoom).
  • Online lectures (lecture, slides, presentation, and Q&A interactions) are recorded and video-archived for student review.

Admitted UMD Students

The University of Maryland offers this program at The Universities at Shady Grove. Upon successful completion, students earn a University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) degree.

As an admitted UMD graduate student, familiarize yourself with the information found in the grey box (top of this page, upper right-side.) Specifically, see Registration, Academic & Financial Deadlines, Graduation & Diplomas, and University Policies. With the exception of UMD Libraries, students attending programs at Shady Grove do not have access to most UMD Services & Resources as such access is linked to students who pay College Park mandatory fees.

In addition, all UMD students must complete the protocols found under Newly Admitted Students. See Activate Directory ID and UMD Email, Enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), and more. Completing these protocols is required to access course content and UMD systems (registration, financial, graduation).

Accessing Shady Grove Services and Resources

Students attending UMD programs at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) are eligible to use USG services and resources which are accessed with a valid USG photo ID and an active USG Logon ID. This is in addition to activating the UMD directory ID, passphrase, and MFA.

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Shady Grove Health and Counseling Services

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