The Center for Science and Mathematics Education coordinates the programs in teacher education offered by the College of Science and Technology, and provides, in cooperation with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, a curriculum in the sciences for prospective elemntary teachers. Master's and Doctoral programs are available with emphasis in the various content areas. In addition, the Center works with the public schools to improve science and mathematics instructions for all students.
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, specialists, and doctoral degrees.
The teacher education program at USM is NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) approved.
The Secondary Education Program is designed to prepare for teaching science at the secondary level (7 - 12). The College of Science and Technology offers programs leading to certification in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or General Science.
The M.S. Program in Science Education is designed primarily to increase the professional competency of science teachers and to provide the course work necessary to meet standards for advanced teaching certification. The program is also designed to prepare two year and four year college instructors. In addition emphasis areas in coastal and marine sciences are designed to prepare informal science educators.
“At the Mississippi Science Teachers Association conference in October, I learned that teaching is such a respectable profession of society that it can make miracles happen. It gives birth to future scientists, doctors, nurses, and other professionals and can reverse the socio-economic condition of a country. It is not a profession of isolation but requires co-ordination with colleagues, society, and students. Every teacher must try to create new hands-on activities in their classes to keep the students engaged, thereby making science as an inquiry for life. It is in our hands to change the way people think about this profession by how well we teach our students. This conference is a good example to observe newer teaching techniques, resources, and activities used by experienced teachers. We can learn and adapt these techniques using innovative tools and technology in our class rooms.” From a reflection paper by graduate student Laila Ali.
The Ph.D. Programs in Science Education with emphasis areas in Biology, Chemistry, Coastal Science, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, Medical Technology, and Physics provide doctoral degrees in areas that prepare graduates for effective science and mathematics teaching at the community college and senior college levels, as well as careers in teacher education, informal science, or research in science or mathematics education.
Additional information is available in the University Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins. The bulletins are available as pdf files.
Students interested in a course of study within CSME are encouraged to learn about the activities of the departments and programs within the College of Science and Technology.