Graduate Certificate

STEM Leadership

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online STEM Leadership Graduate Certificate program for graduate students interested in increasing their knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Teacher Leadership.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.


The STEM Leadership graduate certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of career goals. Coursework in this graduate certificate is designed to develop leadership capacity to support STEM education reform efforts in schools and districts. Courses employ a project-based learning format designed to support students with acquiring pedagogical content knowledge in relevant STEM disciplines that pertain to their interests. 

Featured Courses

Students in the STEM Leadership Graduate Certificate program complete a total of 4 graduate courses and a capstone project. Examples of courses include:

ETEC 588: Computational Thinking Across the K-12 Curriculum

Emphasis on understanding, evaluating, and using technological tools as part of STEM learning activities. For STEM teachers as well as those interested in using educational technology tools that involve computational thinking, design thinking, and problem-solving in other content areas.

ETEC 589: Technology, Leadership & Learning

Preparing educators to develop as technology leaders in K-12 education settings. Examines the complex charge of being responsible for missional uses of technology, or those aligned with broader teaching and learning goals, that support classroom and school-wide priorities.

MEDU 581: Equity in STEM Education

Past, present and future issues influencing access, diversity, and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, elementary through college. Theorizing equity in STEM teaching and learning, and implications for curriculum, instruction, and leadership.

TPTE 540: Topics in Improvement of Instruction

Special conferences, workshops, and in-service programs. 

Ready to become a leader in STEM education?