Upon receiving approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee State Department of Education (TSDE), the ETSU Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education (C.E.M.S.E) was established in the spring of 2006 to support the advancement of mathematics and science education, K-16. The Center is a cooperative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Clemmer College of Education and serves to be a support mechanism by which faculty members from education, mathematics, science and technology can channel their expertise toward improving mathematics and science education. The Center will provide leadership, professional development, curriculum development, establish partnerships and out reach programs and serve as a clearing house to disseminate standards-based math and science resources to our constituents as a means to improve math and science teaching and learning.
The Center will also serve as a think tank that elicits best practices from research, academics, and teachers in the classroom. The Center is committed to the belief that all students can succeed in mathematics and science. Initiatives offered through the Center will provide significant steps in bringing about progress in mathematics and science education at all levels. These initiatives will:
• strengthen content knowledge of math and science teachers
• strengthen undergraduate programs for pre-service science teachers
• encourage more students to major in mathematics and science
• bring more highly qualified science teachers into the classroom
• encourage a greater number of students to achieve at a higher level of performance