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STEM PLUS is the undergraduate certification program offered by the UK College of Education STEM Education Department. It represents a multi-disciplinary approach to teacher education and prepares leaders for today’s urban and rural schools. The STEM PLUS undergraduate program is the first STEM Education major in the United States!

As a student of the STEM PLUS program, you will earn a double major in STEM Education PLUS your choice of one focus major with a secondary teaching certification (grades 8-12) in one or more state-certifiable STEM subjects.

  • mathematics
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • earth science
  • biology

As you enter prepare to enter your junior year in the STEM Education program, you will have the opportunity to apply for a UK-Noyce fellowship. This financial assistance program provides at least $10,000 per year for up to two years. The UK-Noyce Fellowship Program is supported by the National Science Foundation and provides academic scholarship support for undergraduate students majoring in a STEM discipline and seeking to become teachers in mathematics and/or science.

Why You Should Enroll

  • Our program responds directly to the needs of urban and rural schools.
  • We are committed to producing STEM teachers who will function as ethical professionals, lifelong learners, and leaders in their schools and communities.
  • You can expect formal and informal clinical field experiences from your very first year in the program.

Upon graduating, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education and can leverage cultural and linguistic diversity to make STEM knowledge and skills relevant and useful for all students. You will be able to use STEM productively in your daily live to achieve personal goals, participate as active citizens, and to develop the STEM skills necessary for access to modern opportunities in our global technological society.

Program Details

Delivery Method: On-campus

Credit Hours: 120

Tuition Cost: Refer to Credit Hour Rates for Undergraduate Students on the UK Tuition and Mandatory Fees page.

Curriculum Guide

Listed here are the required STEM Education major courses. For full program details and to view the major requirements for each of the focus options, see the most current Major Sheet for Secondary STEM Education.

Required STEM Education Core Courses

Course # Course Name Credit Hours
SEM 110 Introduction to STEM Education 2
EDP 202 Human Development and Learning 3
EDS 516 Principles of Behavior Management and Instruction 3
SEM 421 STEM Methods I 3
SEM 422 STEM Methods II 3
SEM 423 Assessment in STEM Education 2
SEM 435 STEM Student Teaching in the Secondary School 10
EDC 533 Teaching Literacy Across the Disciplines 3


Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding the STEM PLUS undergraduate program. We can’t wait to hear from you! You can also schedule an appointment through myUK to meet with our academic advisor.


Lisa Amick

Associate Professor

(859) 257-1979


Jennifer Wilhelm


(859) 257-1291


Robert Singleton

Academic Advisor

(859) 257-3364

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State Authorization and Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.