Master of Arts in Education Online (MAEd)

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STEAM Education


STEAM Education is a powerful educational movement aiming to transform the way we think about instruction today.

Engaging more diverse learners, STEAM Education complements STEM Education by emphasizing the arts to explore personal expression and meaning-making within discipline integration and problem-solving. STEAM instruction provides a place whereby learners can take a deeper dive into integrated content and problem-solve across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. STEAM Education prepares learners that are innovators, designers and creative problem solvers to help navigate complex global issues.



The STEAM Education cognate-only program is comprised of 12 hours of coursework (four courses) that equips educators with best practices in transdisciplinary and authentic applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

The Master in Education (MAEd) program is comprised of 30 hours of coursework (10 courses) that include our STEAM Education courses, along with courses that will prepare you to become a Teacher Leader in this field.

STEAM Education Coursework

The STEAM Education program is comprised of four courses which prepare educators to address essential components of STEAM teaching and learning: instructional design, pedagogy, assessment and professional leadership. The courses, taken in sequence, are:

EDUG 681: STEAM Instructional Design and Tools

Course Description: This course is designed to teach effective uses of educational tools technologies towards engagement in modeling through inquiry in STEAM Education. Students learn the key components of facilitating inquiry through their own building of accurate conceptual models of explanations of key STEAM theories and underlying concepts. Utilizing technologies implemented in authentic STEAM practice, students learn how to design instruction to allow students to make controlled observations, analyze data, recognize patterns, propose and revise their models of explanation, and communicate their models to their peers. Application of these skills is utilized through STEAM instructional design process.

EDUG 682: Transdisciplinary Teaching through STEAM

Course Description: This course engages educational professionals in the exploration and application of transdisciplinary teaching through a STEAM lens. Through scholarly readings, exemplars from field, and task exploration, candidates distinguish between multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching.

EDUG 683: Assessment in STEAM

Course Description: This course prepares teacher leaders to assess students’ work produced in transdisciplinary STEAM classes. Students create, evaluate, and implement a variety of equitable and culturally inclusive formative and summative assessments to inform and guide instruction and improve learner outcomes in transdisciplinary curricula.

EDUG 684: Professional Leadership in STEAM

Course Description: This course prepares students to be STEAM teacher leaders. Students continue to develop and apply the skills acquired in previous course work to evaluate and design STEAM programs and to create and support a collaborative, inclusive STEAM culture within their schools. Students engage in systematic inquiry of research on andragogy and STEAM education to inform the development and implementation, in collaboration with colleagues, school stakeholders, and the community, of inclusive professional learning. Students also develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective STEAM leaders in their schools, districts, state, and professional organizations.


All initial and advanced-level teacher education programs at Bellarmine University's Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education are recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, and are fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


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Contact Information

Rosie Young, Ed.D.
Chair, Advanced Education, Graduate Programs