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Graduate Certificate in Maker Education

• 10 credits (non-credit option also offered)
• Hybrid or 100% Online (Spring 2021)
• Starts January 19th, 2021
• Apply by January 13th, 2021


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 Why Earn the Graduate Certificate in Maker Education?

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Learn to Create & Run a Makerspace

You will receive the education and resources necessary to start and supervise a makerspace, or projects using makerspace equipment (e.g., 3D printers).

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Become Proficient in Maker-based Projects

You will gain proficiency in maker-based learning activities or projects. This includes the development of curricula and assessments meeting common standards in STEM subjects.

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Improve Pedagogy

You will also explore how maker-centered projects can be leveraged as a vehicle for meaningful, discovery-based learning. This can be applied in the field of mathematics, science, computer science, as well as integrated STEM/STEAM curricula.

 Who is it for?


  • K-12 Educators
  • College Educators
  • Tech Enthusiasts
  • Those specializing in STEM or STEAM


  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Interest in technology & innovation 

 Program Curriculum


  • Developing a Maker Mindset
    • (3 credits over 15 weeks, spring semester 2021)
  • Makerspace Safety and Emergency Lab
    • (1 credit over 15 weeks, spring semester 2021)
  • Facilitating Maker-Centered Learning Environments
    • (3 credits, summer session 2021)
  • Maker Education Capstone
    • (3 credits, summer session 2021)

Courses offered again as needed in fall semester, 2021

Total (10 credits)

*A non-credit option will also be offered. Contact for more details.  


This program will be conducted in a hybrid model format. Some classes will be held in-person at Rutgers Makerspace, following strict social distancing and safety guidelines. All other content will be delivered online. Classes to be held in late afternoon to early evening one day per week.

An all-online flex option will also be offered in Spring, 2021.

 The Power of Maker Education

People of all ages can blend digital and physical technologies to explore ideas and learn technical skills as they create new products. The rapidly expanding educational and artistic uses of makerspaces can have maximum impact in fostering a new wave of applied, multidisciplinary learning experiences. There is a growing recognition that maker-centered education can transform how and what people learn in STEM. Maker-centered learning is also seen as a leading vehicle for implementing new education standards in Computer Science and Design Thinking, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

This state-approved certificate program is offered by the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education in partnership with the Graduate School of Education.

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Course Summaries

Developing a Maker Mindset (3 credits)

Participants will gain valuable knowledge about the maker movement and its integration into education. Guided by readings, online videos, and instructor facilitation, participants will gain hands-on experience designing and safely fabricating in 2D and 3D with makerspace tools such as laser cutters and 3D printers; and creating new products with electronics, textiles, and coding/Arduino. In collaboratively developing a new product or revising an existing one to solve a real-life problem, participants will demonstrate fluency in all phases of the design and fabrication process. They will also learn how to connect to the maker community, and how to create equitable maker-centered learning opportunities for all learners.

Makerspace Safety and Emergency Lab (1 credit)

Participants receive lessons in developing and implementing curriculum and instruction in safety using guided practice, and assessments pertaining to each aspect of safety processes. Students will receive demonstrations, guided practice or assessments, and then demonstrate their ability to provide it to others (e.g., their students and other teachers).

Designing and Facilitating Maker-Centered Learning Environments (3 credits)

Participants will learn how to design and support maker-centered learning experiences for all students. Participants will learn how to set up and supervise makerspaces to ensure safety and maximize student learning.  They will receive valuable practice writing curricula and promoting pedagogical practices supporting the norms and practices of the maker community. They will also develop assessments that best evaluate the academic, professional, and personal gains made through maker-centered learning experiences, and that are aligned with common standards and rubrics in STEM education.

Maker Educator Capstone (3 credits)

 Working with a faculty mentor, the Maker Educator Capstone is a rich opportunity for participants to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the program to a specific area of content expertise and/or local learning context. Participants will design a significant maker-centered learning experience and present it to peers, colleagues, instructors and mentors in a Maker Certificate Showcase.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must provide all of the following:

  • Personal statement/narrative (approximately one page in length) that describes why the program is relevant to the applicant’s interests and/or career goals
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed.
How to Apply

Non-GSE Students: Applicants who are not current GSE students apply online at the Graduate Admissions website:

  1. Click on “Apply Now” and follow the instructions given.
  2. Choose “Non-Degree Application”, for Application Type.
  3. For Program Name choose “Professional Credit Programs” from the drop down menu. (Scroll down past all the Education programs.)
  4. Scroll down; across from “Education: Maker Education Certificate Program 15000MS”, click the link for the semester you want to apply for.
  5. Select “No” for Full-time Study.
  6. Complete the application by providing the requested information.
  7. Supporting materials must be submitted online or mailed to the Graduate Admissions office at Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions (New Brunswick), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 65 Davidson Road, Room 200L, Piscataway, NJ 08854-5602 U.S.A.
  8. Enter payment information for the non-refundable application fee.
  9. Submit your application and authorize payment for the non-refundable application fee.

Current GSE Students: All applicants who are currently enrolled in a GSE program and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

When the entire application process is complete, students simply register for the courses in the program as described on the program handouts and on the GSE website It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in all of the required courses through Rutgers University. No program requirements may be met at any other institution. Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program.

After completing all of the required courses in the program, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE. Students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

For additional questions, please call (848) 932-4915 or email

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