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Graduate Certificate in Maker Education

Hybrid or 100% Online*

  • 13-15 credits  (non-credit option also offered)
  • Majority of classes held online asynchronously, with key classes live at Rutgers Makerspace

*Hybrid option includes utilization of Rutgers Makerspace. 100% online students are required to use their local Makerspace and/or maker tools.

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Starts 9/6/22

Apply by 8/15/22

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Hybrid or 100% Online

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13-15 Credits

 Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Maker Education

Limited Scholarships Available!

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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.
The Maker Ed program was an invigorating experience that continues to enhance the important work I do with elementary learners everyday as STEAM instructor and technology coordinator. After collaborating with so many talented educators, honing my Maker Mindset, and exploring technologies in the Maker movement, I was inspired to pursue lifelong dreams of developing a STEAM Lab specifically for K-2 students. My learning at Rutgers not only gave me confidence to do this, but also in-depth knowledge that was crucial as I sought out these niche positions. Next year, I’ll be taking on a new role as the K-2 STEAM Instructor at an independent, progressive school in New York.
Jessica Cathcart, M.Ed.

Academic Technology Coordinator, Speyer School

The lessons from these courses far extend the classroom and helped me advance in my career as a school library media specialist. When my district learned about my knowledge gathered from the program, they put me in charge of designing, budgeting, and opening our new makerspace. I was very well prepared to complete the endeavor and had much of the preparatory work done from the completion of the Maker Certificate.  
Mary Beth Sieminski

Media Specialist, Hammonton High School

I know so much more about the design process, standards, and maker theory. I feel more confident teaching engineering design to my students.
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Credentials Earned
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Graduate Credits

Who is it for?

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

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

  • Introduction to Design Thinking
    • 3 credits, Fall 2022
  • Developing a Maker Mindset
    • 3 credits, Spring 2023
  • Makerspace Safety & Emergency Lab
    • 1/3* credits, Summer 2023 *Approval for transition from 1 to 3 credits currently pending
  • Designing/Facilitating Maker-Centered Learning Environments
    • 3 credits, Summer 2023
  • Maker Education Capstone
    • 3 credits, Fall 2023

Courses offered again as needed in the future.

Total (13-15 credits)

*A non-credit option will also be offered. 


Classes are held online and at Rutgers Makerspace 

Classes to be held in late afternoon to early evening one day per week.

The fall semester will begin Sept. 6th, 2022.

 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 Climate Change, Computer Science, Design Thinking, and 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
Introduction to Design Thinking

Design thinking is a way of thinking (philosophy, mindset) and working, as well as a collection of hands-on methods. Design Thinking is not an exclusive property of designers—all great innovators in literature, art, music, science, engineering, and business have practiced it. Whether you work in business, government, education, or nonprofit, design thinking can help you develop innovative solutions based on the needs of your customers and students. The semester begins with learning about design thinking skills, habits of mind, ways of thinking, being reflective about how we think, and common language for design thinking in STEAM.   

You will be immersed in hands-on-minds-on activities that will help you unlock your creative potential. Students will examine how industry leaders like Apple, Google, Samsung and GE apply and document the design process to obtain patents and protect intellectual property that brings the theory of design elements and principles to bare in the marketplace. The second half of the semester, students will create and implement full design challenges, working in different materials, tools, machines and processes, and then a final design challenge with an engineering notebook/portfolio that assesses the design process and design thinking and application of the tools and safety and principles.

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 (1-3 credits)

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:

  • Under the apply window, click on “Apply Now” and follow the instructions given.
  • Create an Account or login.
  • For “Level of Application, select Graduate
  • For “Applicant Type,” select Certificate
  • For “Area of Study,” select Education
  • For “Location/Instructional Method,” select New Brunswick
  • For “Program Selection,” select Education – Maker Education (Certificate) New Brunswick
  • Complete the application by providing the requested information.
  • 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.
  • Enter payment information for the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit your application.


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 848-932-4769 or email
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