Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

Professional Learning Division

The CMSE aims to improve STEM education by offering professional development through workshops, conferences, and institutes for teachers of mathematics and science.  The CMSE also provides educational opportunties for college students, such as scholarships, fellowships, and training programs. 

Our professional development is:

  • Research-based

  • Focused on student engagement with hands-on activities

  • Designed to develop student-centered classrooms

  • Helpful in creating classroom environments that foster conceptual understanding of mathematics and science

  • Aligned to state and national curriculum standards

Mathematics Professional Development

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education designs professional development opportunities for K-12 mathematics teachers.  These professional development sessions focus on deepening conceptual understandings of mathematical concepts. Our sessions engage teachers in hands-on explorations, problem-solving, and research-based instructional strategies.  All sessions are aligned with the 2016 Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Science Professional Development

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education designs professional development opportunities for K-12 science teachers that allow them to explore ways to engage students in developing conceptual understandings. Teachers participate in engineering design challenges, pedagogical discussions, and scientific literacy investigations. Our CMSE science professional development sessions provide opportunities for teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the expectations of the 2018 Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Science and to provide meaningful learning experiences for their students.

On-Site Professional Development

Knowing and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of an organization is paramount for ensuring future success. The Center for Mathematics and Science Education is available to come along-side school and district leaders in meeting the professional development needs of mathematics and science teachers. Since 2011, the CMSE has provided on-site training sessions specifically designed to address the areas of need for each individual school community. Please complete our On-Site Professional Development Inquiry Form or contact Dr. Julie James via email at jjames1@olemiss.edu to discuss your specific needs.

University of Mississippi Students

CMSE offers multiple learning opportunities for University of Mississippi students. From scholarships to fellowships to pre-service training, the CMSE staff ensure that our college students enter the world of education as prepared professionals.