STEAM to Support Innovation & Creativity Across the Curriculum​

Explore the current research related to integrating the Arts into STEM curriculum as a tool for developing critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Course Description

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century! This course will give you the opportunity to explore the current research related to integrating the Arts into STEM curriculum. 

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Approximately 45 hours

Up to 3 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn



3 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Earn graduate-level professional development credits for salary advancement

Gain practical teaching strategies  |   Integrate the Arts into curriculum   |   Create a STEAM lesson plan

What is an independent study course?

This self-paced, online, project-based course provides educators with a framework for exploring a topic that allows teachers the freedom to choose their own focus and readings.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the current research related to integrating the Arts into STEM (from STEM to STEAM) curriculum as a tool for developing critical thinkers and problem solvers
  • Develop a plan for differentiating instruction and to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking
  • Promote inclusion of the Arts across the curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math  

Course Topics:

  • STEAM as an integrated approach to learning
  •  Inquiry, collaboration, and an emphasis on process-based learning 
  • True STEAM experiences and assessment
  • Leveraging the integrity of the Arts to create an authentic STEAM initiative

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Para-educators    

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.


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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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