Last week, Framingham State University announced that the school is moving forward with its plan to introduce a STEM education master’s degree program. This new 10-course program will focus on teachers of first through sixth grade students, and is the first STEM-focused masters’ of education degree offered by a Massachusetts state university. David Greenberg, Framingham’s dean of graduate and continuing education, says that the planning for this program began five years ago with course suggestions from many professors and elementary school teachers. Now, five years later, Greenberg is optimistic that his team has produced a program that will make STEM subjects “exciting and dynamic for children.”
This development comes right on the heels of Governor Patrick’s announcement that Massachusetts will now serve as the model for statewide STEM programs used by the National Governor’s Association. David Greenberg reiterated that the Massachusetts economy is increasingly reliant on high-tech industries, and programs like Framingham’s masters program, and grants like the $50,000 NGA grant associated with Mass. becoming a model for STEM programming, are steps in the right direction to educate and inspire students in STEM fields. It is an exciting time for the future of the STEM industry in Massachusetts, and to find out more about Framingham State University’s STEM master’s program, check out the full article from the Framingham Tab.
Written by: Walter Palmer