Certificate Program

ISEE Certificate in Inclusive Inquiry STEM Education

The Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) offers a Certificate in Inclusive Inquiry STEM Education. The Certificate acknowledges the successful design and teaching of an inquiry laboratory experience, which ISEE defines as:

An instructional unit in which learners engage in cognitive processes of science and/or engineering to learn vscientific concepts, gain scientific reasoning skills, and productively participate in the practice and discourse of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In addition, an effective laboratory experience is designed to engage and support learners from diverse backgrounds and be carried out in an equitable learning environment.

Who is eligible for this certificate

Participants in the Professional Development Program (PDP) may apply for certificates. Participants must have completed all PDP requirements, including required workshops, teaching experience, and submission of teaching report and lesson plan with applicant’s individual components and revision.

Please note: Participants can be awarded the certificate once; you do not need to apply every year. There are no effective terms applied to the certificate. If you have previously been awarded a certificate, please do not reapply.

Effective Fall 2015: UCSC enrolled graduate students who have completed all of the requirements while in attendance at the university also receive a certificate award notation on their official transcripts.  Certificate award must occur prior to graduation, so be sure to leave sufficient time for application consideration.

Certificate awardees have demonstrated experience in the following (through full participation in the PDP):

  1. Articulation of learning outcomes, which include STEM content and practices

  2. Design of a sequence of learner activities aligned with goals that engages learners in generating and using evidence in an experience that mirrors authentic STEM practices

  3. Facilitation of learning in an inquiry lab environment

  4. Assessment of learners, using formative assessment strategies while teaching, and a summative assessment of a major learning goal

  5. Participation in a teaching and learning community

How to Apply for the Certificate

Certificate Recipients