Hybrid ESED Certificate
The ESED Certificate program is a nationally unique graduate program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research. The Department of Engineering & Science Education in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS) at Clemson University is the only department in the country that includes engineering, science, and mathematics education (also called discipline-based education research, or DBER) in a STEM college rather than a college of education. As such, it includes faculty who are experts in DBER and who have active research programs in these areas. Students in this program will be exposed to the wide breadth of current and foundational STEM education research and will be prepared for education-related positions in their discipline.
The objectives of the ESED Certificate program are to prepare students and post docs, who are pursuing a PhD in a specific STEM discipline, for pedagogical and andragogical aspects of an academic career in STEM, positions in training and education in STEM-based industries, or as educators in non-traditional settings such as museums, outreach centers, or non-profit organizations. Andragogy, or adult learning, is a main focus of this certificate as we focus on post-secondary education and is a perfect fit to prepare STEM faculty for teaching and research. Certificate-holders will be prepared to become faculty in traditional STEM departments or academic staff through the combination of their education in their STEM discipline and the coursework of the ESED Certificate. They will be prepared to be scholarly teachers, action researchers, and agents of change in their workplaces.