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Increasing engineering literacy in a complex world

Center for Engineering Education

Our Core Mission: Providing PK-12 STEAM Education for Teachers and Kids

The Center for Engineering Education prepares future and current PK-12 educators to teach STEAM education with an emphasis on engineering and to increase students' engineering literacy in an ever-changing and complex world.

Through the Center for Engineering Education, PK-12 educators learn about innovations in engineering education and how to bring those advances into their classrooms. The Center supports teachers' STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) integration with engineering education through the STEAM Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education program.

Credits earned in the graduate certificate program can be applied toward the School of Education's Master of Arts in Educational Studies with an engineering education concentration.


Dr. Deb Besser

Director of the Center for Engineering Education
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Graduate Coursework for Engineering Educators

STEAM Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education

Designed for PK-12 educators who want a rigorous introduction to a hands-on experience in STEAM education with engineering.
STEAM Graduate Certificate

M.A. in Educational Studies - Engineering concentration

For educators pursuing a master’s degree with a concentration in Engineering.
M.A. in Educational Studies

Custom Programs for Your School

Are you looking for a custom STEAM, Engineering Design or Maker oriented professional development program for your school? The Center for Engineering Education has experience creating professional development programs to specifically meet school's needs and interests.

Please contact Dr. Deb Besser or Dr. AnnMarie Thomas for details.

STEPS Program

The Science, Technology & Engineering Preview Summer - STEPS - program is an introduction for 6th and 8th grade girls to the exciting world of science, technology, and engineering.

Especially for Educators

Explore the many engaging STEAM resources and outreach opportunities available for engineering education integration through the St. Thomas Center for Engineering Education.
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Resources for Educators

The Playful Learning Lab led by Dr. AnnMarie Thomas provides multiple resources for educators including OK Go Sandbox videos, lesson plans and much more!
Learn More about The Playful Learning Lab
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OK Go Sandbox

Inspiring Tools for Playful Learning

Helping students learn through the joy, wonder and fun of OK Go’s music videos.
Learn More about OK Go Sandbox