Certification

Certification Process

Are you interested in STEM or STEAM Certification? Please review the following steps and resources regarding the process

Step 1: Learn about stem/steam

The Georgia Department of Education utilizes Continuum documents to determine school or program readiness for certification. Please review the following STEM or STEAM continuum that aligns with your school’s grade level.

STEP 2: visit certified school

Administrators and educators involved in the STEM/ STEAM process are encouraged to visit DOE Certified STEM/ STEAM Schools.

STEP 3- IMPLEMENT FOR TWO YEARS

STEM or STEAM Certification takes time. This process involves a shift in pedagogy, school culture, and instruction.

STEP 4- COMPLETE SELF-ASSESMENT

Utilize a self-assessments below along with the continuum document to determine if your school is ready for a Department of Education STEM/ STEAM pre-visit.

STEP 5- SCHEDULE A PRE-VISIT:

When you determine you have met the criteria for certification, please email STEM/ STEAM Program Specialists, Felicia Cullars and Meghan McFerrin to arrange a pre-application visit. During the pre-visit, a STEM/ STEAM Program specialist will determine whether you have met the criteria to apply for STEM or STEAM Certification. Additional pre-visits may be required.

STEP 6- ADJUSTMENTS AND CONTINUED GROWTH:

Following the pre-visit, make adjustments recommended by the STEM/ STEAM Program Specialist.

STEP 7- COMPLETE THE APPLICATION:

When recommended by a STEM/ STEAM Program Specialist, complete the STEM or STEAM application. At this time, a site visit for certification will be scheduled.

STEP 8- SITE VISIT:

The certification site visit will consist of representatives from math, science, CTAE, fine arts, technology, and business. The site visit will include classroom visits and a panel of business/ community partners and student caregivers. The visiting team will compare observations with in-person evidence.

STEP 9- CERTIFICATION:

If recommended for certification, an award ceremony will be scheduled where the DOE will present the school a banner from the State School Superintendent or one of his Deputies.

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Felicia Cullers
fcullars@doe.k12.ga.us

Meghan McFerrin
mmcferrin@doe.k12.ga.us