What is STEMpath and Why is it Needed?
There is a growing need for STEM and Computer Science pathways in education, not only for students but also for educators. STEMpath provides a way to fulfill this growing need by affording educators the opportunity to take part in a graduate-level program that provides them with the competence and skills to teach STEM and computer science.
This program is unprecedented; the combination of work-based learning through in-industry externships, coursework and professional learning centered around career literacy, information science and equity-based design thinking provides a well-rounded, well-informed perspective of computer science far beyond the traditional skills of coding and programming.
Current STEM Workforce
Quality Teacher Shortage Hinders K-12 STEM Education
- Most CSTA members do not identify
themselves as ʻCS teachersʼ, but
rather as ʻteachers of CSʼ
- Only 1 in 9 members have taken a college
level course in CS and only 5 – 7%
have a degree or certificate in CS
- There are ~5,000 annual openings in education
- There is a 15% attrition rate in the first five years of an educator's career
- There has been a 22.7% decline in higher ed teacher prep programs from 2010-2015