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Master of Education in Secondary Education - STEM - ITL (Online)

STEM includes the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that concentrate on understanding the world and solving problems to transform our everyday lives. STEM is the future of the global economy and the coalescence of various disciplines to innovate in the 21st century and keep our country competitive. Careers in STEM have been on the rise and continue to be in high demand as the world becomes more technologically advanced. To drive STEM, the fields are calling for more STEM-qualified teachers who can ignite interest, curiosity and excitement in STEM education, starting at the elementary level.

Overall STEM employment is projected to increase around 13% between 2012 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Within this timeframe, the BLS expects to have over 200,000 jobs for applications software developers in particular. *) Other top occupations throughout this decade include computer systems analysts, computer user support specialists, software developers, computer programmers, network and computer systems administrators, computer and information systems managers, and web developers.

In-demand employment areas also include civil, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineers. These are the jobs of the future that require creativity, innovation, collaboration and critical thinking. In education, STEM college and career readiness begins in elementary and middle schools where teachers are knowledgeable about STEM and passionate about making a difference in a child’s life and the future of our country.

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