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Aug. 3, 2015 - King’s College will begin its new graduate education endorsement program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with a Practicum class with classroom sessions on August 10-14.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the endorsement program in the spring and it is the only such program in northeastern Pennsylvania.  The four course program is designed to provide training to area educators regarding the development and enhancement of STEM programs and practices in elementary and secondary schools.

The Practicum course will consist of classroom sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for five days consecutive days starting August 10.  The class will be held in an experiential real-life problem solving engineering laboratory environment that has been developed for the cooperative engineering degree program that King’s developed with the University of Notre Dame.

The course will be a hands-on experience with educators learning how to use current technology to create solutions to engineering tasks.  Integral to this course will be developing the mindset of an engineer, problem-solving, working collaboratively in a group, and effective communication of work done in the laboratory. The classrooms session, which will be followed by on-line instruction and projects is designed to provide students with experiences that can be used as inspiration for creating opportunities for their students to experience STEM and STEM projects in the K-12 classroom.

The class will be taught by Dr. Paul Lamore, the program director of the College’s co-operative engineering program with the University of Notre Dame.  Lamore earned his doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama Huntsville.  The recipient of a master’s degree in electrical engineering, Lamore supplements his academic experience with a professional background which includes employment with Texas Instruments and Sharplan/Surgilase.

Another of the courses in the endorsement program will be offered beginning in late September and the remaining two courses will be offered during the spring semester.  Tuition for each class is at a reduced rate of $978.  The lower tuition rate is possible through funding from the King’s College Scholarship Incentive Program.

Further information about the STEM endorsement program can be obtained by contacting Dr. Deb Carr, assistant professor of education and director of the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program, at  Information about registering for a King’s endorsement program is available by contacting the King’s Graduate Division at (570)208-5991.