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Teach STEM!

BS Education General Science

Undergraduate Education: Teach STEM!

Preparing teaching professionals who effectively educate children in technology-rich, diverse classrooms, steeped in the values of the Sisters of Mercy, the Teacher Education Department offers the following undergraduate programs that focus on preparing students in STEM related fields:

  • Middle Level Education Program (Grades 4-8) with a selection of five content area concentrations including Math/Science, Math/English, Math/Social Studies, Science/English, and Science/Social Studies
  • Four areas of Secondary Education (Grades 7–12) with Biology, Chemistry, General Science, and Mathematics.
  • The BS Education: General Science (Grades 7-12) program develops effective teachers who are masters in the content areas of life, physical, and earth and space sciences.
  • The BS Education: Computer Science (Grades 7-12) program provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts of algorithms and programming, computing systems, data and analysis, impacts of computing, networks and the internet.

Teacher Education: STEM Related Options

Hear from current Education majors what makes the Teacher Education program at Misericordia so unique

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Quality STEM Teachers are in Demand

2022 Teacher Education Career Exploration Camp

 

  • The top 20 fastest-growing knowledge areas that workers will need for jobs in Pennsylvania by 2028 include Mathematics, Computers, Medicine and Dentistry, and Chemistry. (PA Projected Job Skills 2018-2028)
  • By 2028, there are expected to be about 157,000 more occupations in Pennsylvania that require mathematics knowledge than there were in 2018 (representing 65% of all employment in the commonwealth), and about 125,000 more occupations requiring knowledge in computers and electronics (representing 54% of all employment).  (PA Projected Job Skills 2018-2028)
  • Teacher quality is the most important in-school factor affecting student achievement, (Goldhaber, 2018) and it has also been linked to longer-term outcomes including graduation rates, college attendance rates, and future earnings. (Opper, 2019)
  • Since 2010, the number of teachers certified annually in Pennsylvania has plummeted from 20,000 per year to fewer than 7,000 per year.
  • Shortages are most pronounced in certain subject areas and for certain demographic groups. The state department of education reports the greatest shortages in special education, English language instruction, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. (PDE)
  • Pennsylvania has a particularly acute shortage of educators of color, with only 6% of the educator workforce identifying as persons of color, compared to 37% of the student population. (Cabral, L. et al., 2022).

For more information

Colleen Duffy

 

Dr. Colleen Duffy
Chairperson and Assistant Professor
(570) 674-6338
cduffy@misericordia.edu