Centers & InstitutesThe 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 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 globe.