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Centers & Institutes

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.

CREATE for STEM Institute

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 College of Natural Science at Michigan State University.

Center for the Study of Curriculum

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.

Education Policy Center at Michigan State University

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.

DOCTRID Research Institute

Michigan State University is home to an international coalition of scholars and universities committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with 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.

Confucius Institute at Michigan State University

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.

Center for Teaching and Technology

The Center for Teaching and Technology (CTT) in the College of Education has two primary goals: to provide support for faculty, staff and students in their effort to use technology to enhance their professional productivity, and to conduct research about the use of technology in education.

Institute for the Study of Youth Sports

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.

Center for Physical Activity and Health

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.

Center for the Scholarship of Teaching

The Center for the Scholarship of Teaching contributes to the national dialogue about the scholarship of teaching and learning while working to improve teaching within the College of Education and throughout the broader MSU community.

Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning

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.

Literacy Achievement Research Center (LARC)

LARC – one of the nation’s largest literacy research centers – works to narrow the gap between research and practice in literacy education by conducting research on pressing problems in literacy education, disseminating scholarship to key stakeholders from teachers to policymakers, and raising a new generation of skilled, responsive literacy education researchers.

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