Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Maker Education

Program Details

  • Online
Program Level:
  • Non-Degree Program
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Nondegree Professional Development


This ten-credit online graduate certificate program is available to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in many fields at Rutgers, and is open to all with a bachelor’s degree. The certificate program is designed to help educators and practitioners to receive the education and resources necessary for developing competence and confidence to start and supervise a makerspace in a school, community center, or other learning space. Participants will gain proficiency in leading maker-related courses or projects, including maker-based curricula and assessments meeting common standards in STEM subjects. Participants will also explore how maker-centered projects can be leveraged as a vehicle for meaningful, discovery-based learning in mathematics, science, computer science and or integrated STEM curricula.

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 impacting 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 such as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online.

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.

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

Program Requirements

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 in the program. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

After completing all of the program requirements students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Janice Gobert.