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Center for Science Education
Since its inception in 1992, the Portland State University Center for Science Education (CSE) has been a vibrant part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The mission of the CSE is to enhance science teaching and learning through innovative education, research and community outreach programs.

CSE provides undergraduate and graduate level science education courses, a Master of Science in Teaching (MST) program and professional development opportunities for current and future science educators.
  • The MST program is designed to assist both teachers and community educators achieve an understanding of the newest approaches to research based science education.
  • Professional development courses for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers focus on understanding best practices in science education and application of the Next Generation Science Standards in their classrooms.
CSE also supports community partnerships that involve citizens and community institutions in activities that employ the inquiry practices of science. Through its programs, the CSE aims to help students and teachers raise their capacity to develop science literate citizens prepared to use science in making informed decisions about personal and societal issues.

Our students come from many walks of life including:
  • Career changers interested in community science education or starting on the path to become leaders in K-12 science education.
  • Individuals interested in enhancing their ability to teach science at both at the primary and secondary levels of K-12 education.
  • Informal educators interested in enhancing their understanding of science education pedagogy and content.
Students who graduate from our program enter into a variety of occupational opportunities including:
  • Education program development and coordination for museums, nature centers and with government agencies.
  • Teaching in K-12 and higher education including leadership positions in science education.
  • Science education administration.
  • Science education research.