Wayne State University

Sandra Lynn Yarema

Sandra Lynn Yarema
Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator-Science Teacher Education, Regional Director SE Mi Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
283 Education

Office Hours:  By Appointment
          Appointments made during scheduled times by the secretary (313) 577- 1743.  Alternate times may be scheduled directly by email.

(313) 577-5754

  • PhD Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education- Wayne State University 2015 
  • Master of Science Education- Lawrence Technological University 1999
  • Bachelor of Science- Elementary Education- Oakland University 1984
  • State of Michigan, Continuing Certificate (DX- Integrated Science Grades k-9), Grades K- 8 all subjects, granted 1997.


Currently Clinical Assistant Professor for Science Teacher Education ;

Previous 20 years experience, MI certified teacher, middle grades 5 - 8, science, reproductive health, mathematics, language arts. 

Coached  Regional Science Olympiad team to  competition in state finals,  Coached Robofest- middle school robotics  world wide competition, Sponsored Regional ( Science & Engineering Fair of MetroDetroit) entrants.

Memberships and  active associations:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association of Science Teacher Educators
  • Detroit Area Council Teachers of Mathematics
  • Metro-Detroit Area Science Teachers Association
  • Michigan Science Education Leaders Association
  • Michigan Science Teachers Association- Board of Directors, Conference Co-chair
  • National Association Reasearch in Science Teaching
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Society of College Science Teachers- State membership chair


  • Instructing Courses Science Teacher Education
  • Program Coordinator for Science Teacher Education
  • Regional Director for SouthEast Michigan Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Academic Interests

  • Science Curriculum & Instruction
  • Science Teacher Education
  • Nature of Science
  • Strategies for best practice in science teacher education

Area Of Expertise

  • Science Education Best Practicies
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

Research Interests

 Co-Investigator for FACTs & Careers: A Scalable Place-Based Educational Program at a Public Aquarium to Increase STEM Career Choices, NSF funded research project involving Detroit Public Community School District teachers and students and the Belle Isle Aquarium.


Courses Taught

  • Science Curriculum, PreK -8 Elementary
  • Biology for Elementary & Middle School Teachers
  • Physical Science for Elementary & Middle School Teachers
  • Foundations of Teaching & Learning (Graduate seminar)

Community Engagement Activities

  • Instructor for TeachDETROIT
  • Regional Director for SE MI Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Awards & Honors

Hubert and Elsie Watson Scholarship from the College of Education Winter 2011
COE Dean's Scholarship for Development of Math and Science Education for 2011- 2012 school year
Gary Murphy & B.C Cabangbang Endowed Scholarship for 2010 - 2011 School Year
COE Faculty Leadership Award 2009-2010
Helen F. GIlbert Endowed Scholarship awarded for the 2008-2009 school year
Awarded best poster for session- Lawrence Technological University Center for Teaching and Learning: Math Foundations- Development of Math Skills review for Science Teacher Education


The Impact of a Professional Development Program and Resulting Context Variables on Elementary Teachers’ Practice
Yarema, Sandra 2016   AERA International Conference, Washington, D.C.
The Impact of a Professional Development Program on Elementary Teachers’ Practice and How Context Variables Influenced such Practice: A Case Study
Yarema, Sandra 2016   ASTE International Conference, Reno NV
Understanding and Applying Levels of Inquiry in the Science Classroom
Sandra Yarema 2014   Michigan Science Teachers Association Confernece
Scientific Practice in Schools: Understanding and Applying Levels of Inquiry
Yarema, S. 2013   STEM Education Conference- St. Clair County Community College
Challenge: Create and Present an Interactive Science Course Online
Yarema, Sandra, Rands, Marilyn 2012   National Science Teachers Association Conference
Implementation of the Common Knowledge Construction Model for Teaching and Learning: A Case Study
Yarema. S. 2010   ASTE 2010 International Conference in Sacramento, CA


Grueber, D., Yarema, S., & Ferreira, M.M.   2014 Science and Children 51(1) 66-69
Scientific Practice in Schools: Understanding and Applying Levels of Inquiry
Yarema, S.   2014 MSTA Journal 59(1) 37-44
Yarema, S   2013 MSTA Newsletter 65(4) 12-14
Ferreira, M. M., Grueber, D., & Yarema, S.   2012 School Community Journal 22(1) 49-64