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Center for Science and Math Education



Welcome to the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME). For the past 56 years we have been developing, mentoring, and teaching graduate students in Mathematics and Science Education, serving as a research and academic leader across the southeast region.

Our CSME graduates are tenured research professors in STEM departments, colleges of education, community colleges, state departments of education, school districts, museums, and after-school programming supporting STEM teaching and learning at all levels.


The Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) established in 1964 has served almost 1500 graduate students in mathematics and science education. Our graduate degree programs currently serve nearly 40 masters and doctoral level students. We stimulate, develop, and support interdisciplinary STEM education research initiatives both on and off campus. And we design and provide STEM Education outreach activities for the region. 

CSME serves three main missions:

Academic Programs

Hybrid programming provided both in-person and online offers flexibility for our full-time and part-time students alike. We also develop and support undergraduate programs in both elementary and secondary Science Education and provide courses in Environmental Sciences for over 500 students annually. We offer masters and doctoral programs in mathematics education and science education. Students may pursue research focused on any area of human development in science and mathematics learning, in formal or informal settings, and at any level - Elementary, Secondary, or Post-Secondary.


Alongside our service to graduate students, we design and develop research programs and grant proposals for our students to participate and learn about STEM education research methods and design. We also support interdisciplinary STEM education research programs across the university by way of partnership, collaboration, evaluation support, and consulting with faculty members across the university.


We design and implement STEM outreach programs across the region both on and off campus. These include the MSEF State and Regional Science Fairs for Regions I and VI, Hackathons, STEM Invitationals, Lunch-and-Learn STEM Speaker Series, VEX robotics competitions, and more.