The Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education program area focuses on research in mathematics, science, and engineering education. The MSE faculty are national and international leaders at the forefront of their fields. They prepare cutting-edge scholars who raise and address vital questions about mathematics, science, and engineering education. The MSE faculty support and encourage a wide variety of perspectives and research methodologies.

Our graduate degrees offer the advantage of establishing connections between research and practice.  We promote interdisciplinary research and collaborative partnerships that will enhance your educational preparation.  Our course offerings and research interests highlight the following: 

  • Constructivism and MST Education
  • Current Issues in Science Education
  • Digital Learning
  • Discourse in STEM Classrooms
  • Educational Game Design
  • Introduction to Digital Environments
  • Learning in Science
  • Problem Solving in Mathematics Education
  • Professional Development in Mathematics Education
  • Science Education and Philosophy of Science
  • Sociopolitical Perspectives on Mathematics and Science Education
  • Survey of Engineering Education Research
  • Teaching and Learning Algebra
  • Teaching and Learning Geometry

Innovative Research

Faculty and Graduate Students are currently working on these areas:

  • Classroom discourse in mathematics teaching and learning
  • Creating sustainable change in STEM instruction in higher education
  • Curriculum and professional development for science teachers
  • Designing the future of the online STEM textbook
  • Equity in mathematics education
  • Gesture-controlled computer simulations for learning critical concepts in science
  • Implementation of problem-based instruction in mathematics classrooms
  • Multiplayer video game development and testing
  • Professional development for mathematics teachers
  • Sociopolitical perspectives in mathematics education
  • Technology-enhanced collaborative learning environments in engineering
  • The professional development of teachers

Funded research includes support from various agencies including the Department of Education, the Institute for Educational Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.

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Who should apply

  • Students with a bachelor's degree and some coursework in mathematics, science, or engineering who want to teach middle or high school science or mathematics. (Master's with certification program.)
  • In-service teachers who want to advance their impact in the classroom.  (M.Ed. program.)
  • Students with strong backgrounds in a mathematics, science, engineering or education field who desire to do cutting-edge research.  (M.S. and Ph.D. programs.)

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