STEM Certificate Renewal Requirement

Meet the STEM certificate renewal requirement with courses from the WEA. WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) is providing professional development via Zoom. Register for each course using the link listed next to the course title. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom registration link.

Courses are available to all. Courses are free.

After the completion of a course, it will take up to 3 business days to receive your evaluation. Once you submit your evaluation, it will take up to 7 business days to receive the link to download your clock hour form.

Evaluation emails and clock hour form emails come from tgrady@washingtonea.org or Cvent. After 10 business days, if you do not receive the emails and you have checked all of your email accounts, spam/junk folders, please complete the following form for assistance: https://forms.washingtonea.org/Forms/pdtrainingrecord or email Sheila Beaver.

For questions, registration assistance, or clock hour assistance email Thera Grady.

For STEM content questions on Zoom courses, please contact STEM Lead Trainer Tammie Schrader.

Synchronous Learning

NEW: Using Minecraft for STEM, SEL, and Equity 

Mon., March 6; Fri., Mar. 10; Mon., March 13, 2023, 4:30-7:30 pm. | Register: https://cvent.me/ZLdb8O  

Using Minecraft Education Edition as an example of game-based learning, participants will learn how to find STEM, SEL, and Equity Minecraft worlds for their students to experience. Learn how to play and build in Minecraft by experiencing these worlds and lessons firsthand. Learn how to determine when to have students work individually and when to have students work cooperatively in multiplayer mode. These worlds and lessons can be adapted to any STEM curriculum. No Minecraft experience needed. Minecraft access provided to participants for the duration of this learning series. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 3 clock hours. 

STEMizing Your Instruction  

Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15, 4:00-6:00 pm plus 2 asynchronous hours. | Register: https://cvent.me/Wq74ay     

Welcome to STEMizing your instruction: a way of organizing real world challenges for students. This course goes beyond the traditional meaning of the STEM acronym and will help transform your instruction through a STEM lens with inclusionary practices. Together we will explore how to engage students using standards from multiple content areas. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 6 clock hours. 

The Attuned K-12 Educator: Accelerating Literacy  

Wednesday and Thursday, February 8-9, 4:00-7:00 pm | Register: https://cvent.me/PrePXL  

The attuned K-12 Educator: Accelerating Literacy will provide in-depth understanding of how equity and personalization will improve student learning in literacy. This course is designed for K-12 educators in all content areas, who are seeking ways to improve literacy and consider personalized learning approaches. Participants will create a theory of action to deepen understanding of pedagogical shifts to leverage literacy development with evidence-based recommendations. This course explores the intersection of equity, multi-tiered system of supports, and Washington State Learning Standards to ensure proficient readers and writers. STEM hours not available for this course. 6 clock hours. 

Essentials of Game-Based Learning in the Inclusive Classroom  

Monday, February 13, 4:30-7:30 pm. | Register: https://cvent.me/LDB27G  

Learn about the role of game-based learning in the inclusive classroom. Research will be presented to explain how this instructional practice can be applied to engage and reach ALL learners. Participants will be building a game and sharing out their creations. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 3 clock hours. 

Essentials of Gamification in the Inclusive Classroom 

Friday, February 17, 4:30-7:30 pm. | Register: https://cvent.me/x5nbW2  

If you are curious about what constitutes gamification and how gamification can excite and engage more learners in your classroom, this introductory course to gamification is for you. 

In this course participants will learn what gamification is and what it is not. Participants will explore the different aspects of gamification to get ideas for ways they can gamify their classroom including any STEM curricula. Participants will see examples of ways to gamify any course including planning documents, technology that supports gamification, and career pathways. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 3 clock hours. 

Implementing Game-Based Learning in the Inclusive Classroom  

Monday, February 27, 4:30-7:30 pm. | Register: https://cvent.me/lanr9m  

This course will dive into game-based learning (GBL) as participants build games in order to work with their content and teach students. We will be examining game mechanics as well as game development. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 3 clock hours. 

Implementing Gamification in the Inclusive Classroom 

Friday, March 3, 4:30-7:30 pm. | Register: https://cvent.me/bRx3DD 

For those who have an understanding of the difference between gamification and game-based learning and have some experience with gamification, this course will provide examples of how to launch a gamified lesson, unit, and/or complete course. 

Participants will see how to gamify any course and any STEM curricula. In this course, participants will have an opportunity to develop a gamified lesson, unit, or course. Participants will share their ideas and get feedback. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 3 clock hours. 

Unpacking Standards to Reach ALL Students in the Math Classroom 

Monday, Mar. 13, and Wednesday Mar. 15. 4:30-7:30 | Register: https://cvent.me/VdBNOb  

Learn to use the State of Washington’s adopted Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) to equitably and comprehensively guide and inform student learning, and promote college and career readiness. This course will explore the CCSSM content and practice standards, key shifts in their development, and the critical relationship between standards-based learning and equitable access to learning. Through this process, participants will learn how to unpack standards to develop cognitively rigorous learning targets. 6 clock hours. 

STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices  

Thursdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 4:30-6:30 pm | Register: https://cvent.me/mPnNq1  
8 synchronous hours on Zoom plus 7 asynchronous hours on Canvas 

Highlight and deep dive into the Science (NGSS), Technology (Washington State Standards), Mathematics (Common Core), and Engineering standards in order to build and implement an integrated lesson with a minimum of two of the STEM components. Participants will engage in STEM related activities, be introduced to a multitude of technologies, produce a lesson, and understand the connections to careers. This workshop will include computer science, ELL, UDL, and game-based learning components. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 15 clock hours. 

Esports in the Inclusive Classroom  

Monday, April 17, 2023. 7, 4:30-7:30 pm. | Register: https://cvent.me/ORZZ98  

Esports is the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Learn how to bring eSports to your classroom or school and start an eSports program. Examples will be given for using other games, and career connections will be explored in this course as well. Meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement. 3 clock hours. 

STEM in Sports 

May 8, 12, 15, 22, 26, 2023. 4:30-6:30 pm. | Register: https://cvent.me/zzGVXa  
10 synchronous hours on Zoom plus 5 asynchronous hours

This course is designed to help you to take the practice of a sport (any sport) and show and enhance STEM through the lens of sports. The course will shine a light on students who are motivated by sports and show how STEM can be incorporated into sports activities. This course includes inclusionary practices so that all kids can learn. Universal Design for Learning will also be a part of this course. This course includes a brief overview of STEM related standards, then asks participants to address their own standards. 15 clock hours. 

The Attuned K-12 Educator: Accelerating Literacy  

Tuesday and Thursday, April 11, 13. 4:00-7:00 pm | Register: https://cvent.me/KXYA4Q  

The attuned K-12 Educator: Accelerating Literacy will provide in-depth understanding of how equity and personalization will improve student learning in literacy. This course is designed for K-12 educators in all content areas, who are seeking ways to improve literacy and consider personalized learning approaches. Participants will create a theory of action to deepen understanding of pedagogical shifts to leverage literacy development with evidence-based recommendations. This course explores the intersection of equity, multi-tiered system of supports, and Washington State Learning Standards to ensure proficient readers and writers. STEM hours not available for this course. 6 clock hours. 

Asychronous Learning

WEA is providing professional development asynchronous courses on the Canvas learning management system (LMS). The two courses below are available at no charge to members. Register for each course using the link listed next to the course name. You will receive an email confirmation from WEA as well as a registration email from Instructure/Canvas. Once you complete the course including the evaluation, you will receive a clock hour verification form within 7-10 business days.

These courses were created with flexibility in mind, hence there are no due dates for discussions or assignments, except for the final deadlines each year. You will move through the course at your own pace. Think of the course like a book with some interaction. While there are no due dates, there are some important deadlines listed below.

Important Deadlines  

Monday, May 29, 2023: Last day to register for a course  

Monday, June 5, 2023: Last day to complete course and submit assignments  

Monday, June 19, 2023: Last day to complete the Evaluation and Completion Confirmation for clock hours  

Friday, June 30, 2023: Last day to record clock hours in OSPI eCertification for certificates expiring June 30, 2023

For certificates expiring this year, the last day to submit an application through OSPI eCertification for certificate renewal is June 30, 2023. However, WEA needs time to process your clock hours and time to address any issues that may occur, which is why the last date to complete the course is June 5th.  

STEM for Primary (K-6) Educators (15 hours) | Registration 

Scientific studies have shown that children learn faster than adults.  Most of that early learning is focused on developing language skills and communications skills.  There is little to no emphasis on STEM learning.  As it turns out, there are a lot of benefits of introducing STEM at an early age. This training, geared towards K-6 teachers, will provide strategies, ideas, and examples of how to introduce STEM in early educator classrooms and include connections to inclusionary practices. You will be submitting work as assignments, taking surveys and quizzes, and participating in discussion boards for this class. The ultimate goal is that you can walk away with an integrated STEM lesson plan that will be important and usable in your classroom. 

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement

STEM for Secondary (6-12) Educators (15 hours) | Registration 

This course aims to teach participants about science, engineering, math, and inclusionary practices with a little dose of technology. The participant will then reflect on their current practice, identify areas of growth, and fully incorporate these ideas into an integrated science, engineering, math lesson, project, or unit plan with a focus on Universal Design for Learning inclusionary practices. 

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement

STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices (15 hours) | Registration 

The application of STEM in the classroom can transcend beyond learning science and math facts. STEM integration provides students the opportunities to learn 21st century skills such as questioning the world around them, processing what they learned, collaborating well with others, and communicating with peers and adults alike. Additionally, a focus on Inclusionary Practices, where all students are afforded the chance of a dynamic, important education, are intrinsically linked with STEM in the classroom. 

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement

STEMizing your Instruction (15 hours) | Registration 

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards as they learn how to STEMize a classroom.  Participants will create a personal resource bank of ideas, activities and materials and learn how to take an existing unit of instruction in any content area and STEMize the unit to include STEM models and computational thinking.   

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement

STEM Certificate Renewal Requirement 

To renew a certificate, teachers with STEM-related endorsements must complete at least 15 clock hours, the equivalent in credit, or at least one goal from a professional growth plan (PGP) with an emphasis on STEM integration. STEM integration is the combination of at least two STEM components (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Learn more about the STEM certificate renewal requirement from the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). For questions on your individual certificate renewal, contact the OSPI certification office

Whether or not a teacher needs to meet the STEM requirement depends on their endorsements, not on their job assignment. Teachers with one or more of the following endorsements must meet this requirement:

  • Agriculture Education
  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Computer Science
  • CTE (All Areas)
  • Designated Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Space Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Mathematics; Middle-Level Mathematics
  • Science; Middle-Level Science
  • Technology Education 

NBCTs meet the STEM certificate renewal requirement by maintaining a valid National Board certificate. 

WEA offers asynchronous and synchronous learning that meets the STEM requirement. WEA also provides support in completing PGPs which may meet this requirement. 

Connect with us! 

Contact Maren Johnson, Education Policy and Practices Coordinator, for more information on WEA STEM programs.