The College of Education is home to many dynamic centers and institutes, each with their own agenda for research and outreach. Over time, these institutions have led to important new understandings about teaching, learning and physical activity, shaping the direction of policy and practice in the field.
The CREATE for STEM Institute—Collaborative Research in Education, Assessment and Teaching Environments for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—is focused on improving teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines for students at both the K-12 and college levels through research and development efforts. It is a joint initiative of the College of Education and the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University.
The Center for the Study of Curriculum (CSC) at Michigan State
University focuses on research related to curricular issues in K-12
schooling, assessment theory, and the effects of curriculum on academic
achievement. A special focus concerns the Common Core State Standards
for Mathematics, teacher education and preparation and student
achievement. Other research topics include educational policy related to
mathematics, science education and testing in general.
The Education Policy Center (EPC) at MSU draws on the expertise of faculty across campus and beyond to inform educators, policymakers and the public about major issues affecting K-12 and higher education. Through research studies, policy reports and presentations, the center makes key findings accessible and influences educational policy decisions at every level of government.
Michigan State University is home to an international coalition of scholars and universities committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities through research and technology. DOCTRID is a partnership between MSU's rehabilitation counseling programs, the Daughters of Charity Service in Ireland and several universities across Ireland.
The Confucius Institute at MSU aims to address the ever-increasing demand for Chinese language and culture education in the U.S. through innovative uses of technology. Among its many activities, CI-MSU teaches online Chinese language courses for K-12 students and adults, trains Chinese language teachers and conducts research.
The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports has been a respected leader in coaching education and research on youth sports for more than 30 years. By disseminating findings on key issues to parents, coaches and sports leaders, ISYS helps maximize the benefits of sport and physical activity participation.
The Center for Physical Activity and Health, a collaboration of the MSU Departments of Kinesiology and Epidemiology, is focused on studying the effect of physical activity on human health and well-being throughout the lifespan.
The Center for Higher and Adult Education emphasizes the importance of policy and international work in
postsecondary education for the 21st century. The center supports academic and cultural
exchange at the postsecondary level, hosts forums exploring higher
education policy, and assists with research, teaching and
outreach related to higher education policy both domestically and across
The Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning (IRTL) is an umbrella organization designed to promote, encourage and enhance research throughout the College of Education. The institute works with faculty on research funding opportunities, identifies and facilitates outside funding opportunities in the form of grants and contracts from federal or state agencies, and provides in-house seed grants.