• The Institute for STEM Education at CSUN is dedicated to promoting best practices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Charter & Budget


  • Develop effective strategies for the teaching of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth & space sciences
  • Conduct and disseminate research on best practices in science education
  • Enhance the preparation and professional development of pre-service and in-service science teachers
  • Increase the pipeline of highly qualified science teachers



Partners - Colleges of Science & Mathematics, Engineering and the MDE College of Education

  • Strong History of Collaboration (1986-present)
  • Excellent inter-departmental, inter-college collaboration
    • Department of Secondary Education:  Mike Rivas, Brian Foley, Norman Herr, Ivan Cheng, Tae Chang
    • Department of Elementary Education:  John Reveles 
    • Department of Biology: Virginia Vandergon
    • Department of Geology:  Matthew d'Alessio
    • Department of Chemistry: Dorothy Nguyen-Graff
    • Department of Physics:  Henk Postma
    • Department of Mathematics: Kellie Evans
    • Department of 

    • Strong history of collaboration and grant writing (NH)


  • Integrated approach to improving STEM education
    • Undergraduate (ITEP)
    • Pre-Service (Credential)
    • Graduate (Masters, Doctorate; research)
    • In-service Professional Development
    • University Faculty Development
    • Research and Publications
  • Partnerships (CSUDH, CSUF, CSM, College of Science, College of Engineering)
  • Research, Evaluation, Data, Publishing
  • Next Generation Science Standards NGSS / Common Core

    Progress Report

      Subpages (1): Meeting Notes