STEM Clock Hours
Beginning on September 1, 2019, renewal applications for professional and continuing teacher certificates must document completion of at least 15 clock hours, or at least one goal from an annual professional growth plan* (PGP), with an emphasis on STEM integration to meet this renewal requirement. STEM integration is the authentic combination of at least two of the STEM components (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
The requirement applies to the following endorsements:
- Elementary Education (K-8) endorsement
- Early Childhood Education (P-3) endorsement
- Mathematics (5-12)
- Middle Level Math (4-9)
- Middle Level Science (4-9)
- Science (5-12)
- Designated Sciences (5-12): Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science,
- Technology Education
- CTE Teachers
Approving STEM Clock Hours
Approved providers may offer STEM clock hours and are able to independently vet each offering to ensure the course meets the intent of the STEM clock hour requirement. STEM clock hours are to be offered on a case-by-case basis provided the course qualifies by meeting the Criteria and Guiding Questions.
- The intent of the RCW is to ensure students have exposure to authentic STEM integration experiences which align to state learning standards including information about STEM-related career choices. The intent is for educators to incorporate the learning from the STEM activity within their professional practice such as a classroom or professional development opportunity (PLC, staff meeting, district level workshop, etc.).
- The educator must participate in or demonstrate implementation of a STEM
activity. The learning or activity must demonstrate authentic integration of
science, technology, engineering and math, incorporating at least 2 of the 4
STEM elements. Only one element out the STEM learning experience is not
considered an authentic STEM experience.
Providers of STEM-related continuing education should design workshops / course offerings to ensure educators will meet the renewal requirement by answering "YES" to all of the following questions.
- Will the STEM activity have an impact on STEM experiences for students?
- Does the STEM activity provide examples or resources to use with
students or with other educators?
- Does the STEM activity provide examples or resources about STEM-related
career choices to use with students?
Q&A for Clock Hour Providers
Guidance for Clock Hour Providers and Examples of STEM Clock Hour Applications:
For examples and non-examples of STEM Clock Hour offerings, see these three examples. Rationale is included within the document.
Q&A for Educators