Science and Mathematics Education

About Science and Mathematics Education at CWU


We offer four academic programs and work on many projects aimed at supporting science, mathematics, computer science, and STEM education throughout Washington State and nationwide. The Science and Mathematics Education department at Central Washington University provides students with the opportunity to develop contemporary skills in science and math teaching that are consistent with state and national science standards. We promote student understanding of scientific concepts relevant to the individual and to society and foster an appreciation of scientific inquiry. Our students obtain a broad education covering a wide variety of content disciplines. Our constructivist teaching philosophy, curriculum, and facilities support a rich education experience with small class sizes, hands-on experience, regular interaction with expert faculty, and opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research. Through cooperative partnerships with local and state organizations, the Science and Mathematics Education department provides opportunities for undergraduate students to develop practical teaching skills in real classrooms. The Science and Mathematics Education department also participates in ongoing science education reform efforts based on state and national science standards.

Why Study Science and/or Mathematics Education at CWU?

Because the Science and Mathematics Education department at CWU...

  • Graduates candidates that enjoy fulfilling careers with many employment opportunities. Science and Mathematics teachers are in high demand in Washington and across the country.
  • Provides rewarding field experiences in real classrooms in all Science and Mathematics Education programs.
  • Has small class sizes that allow for personal connections with faculty and amazing opportunities for experience in research, teaching, and collaboration with P-12 teachers.
  • Houses a supportive community of future educators, including an active Teach STEM club. 
  • Is home to award-winning faculty in science and mathematics education, such as June 2012 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction winner, Anne Egger; 2008 Crystal Apple Award winner, Ian Quitadamo; and 2005 WA Professor of the Year, Bruce Palmquist.
  • Prepares great teachers. The 2013 National Teacher of the Year graduated from CWU Science Education programs. 

"My experiences at CWU made me want to become a teacher" - Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year

Degree Options

Wherever you are on your academic journey, Science and Mathematics Education offers options for undergraduate, transfer, and postbac students. Check out our undergraduate page for our undergraduate options.

For more information about our programs, contact our advisor, Sam Ludlow.

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