Maker Educator Certificate: About

At a Glance

Program Type
Certificate (Non-Credit)
Term
Spring and Fall
Delivery Method
Online
Field of Interest
Maker
STEAM
Education
Days of Week
Weekday
Length
One semester or summer
Cost
$300-$600

The program offers a series of mini-courses designed for people seeking to lead maker activities in schools, clubs, community centers, libraries, and other organizations.

Partnership Sonoma State University Maker Education Sonoma County Office of Education

Program Information

Working with maker educators from throughout the Bay Area and with support from Maker Media, Inc., Sonoma State University, School of Extended and International Education and the Sonoma County Office of Education have collaborated to create the Maker Educator Certificate Program, the first such program of its kind. The program offers a series of mini-courses designed for people seeking to lead maker activities in schools, clubs, community centers, libraries, and other organizations. Mini-courses are offered in a variety of formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. The pathway to certification is based on a 50-hour requirement and educators can "mix and match" from the mini-courses offered or from approved workshops and courses offered by outside organizations. In order to earn the Maker Educator Certificate, educators must meet the 50-hour requirement and complete two assessments: Maker Portfolio and Maker Design Project. Courses run during Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please note that while educators can enroll in individual courses even if they are not interested in earning a Certificate, the Maker Professional Development course is only available to learners who are completing the entire certificate program.

For questions please contact the Program Coordinator, Casey Shea, at cshea@scoe.org.
(OR)
Contact the School of Extended & International Education, at 707.664.2394.

Educational Philosophy

Educational Philosophy of the Maker Educator Certificate Program*
Core Values Learning Principles Design Principles
  • Equity
  • Social connection
  • Full participation
  • Stewardship & Sustainability
     
  • Peer supported
  • Interest powered
  • Deep participatory leanring
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Leaning as lifelong
  • Production centered
  • Openly networked
  • Shared purpose
  • 21 Century Leanring: rethinking risk, experimenting, lterating, relevancy
     
*Adapted from Connected Learning movement

 

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing the Maker Educator Certificate Program, participants will:

  • Understand the core values and principles of Making
  • Learn pedagogical practices for empowering learners to explore Making and a Maker mindset in a learning environment
  • Design an action plan for implementing Maker activities in a learning environment
  • Begin to consider ways to integrate Making in the classroom
  • Begin to align Maker projects with CCSS and NGSS
  • Become part of a Maker network
  • Receive mentorship from local Maker educators, including SSU faculty and K-12 maker teachers