Mission: The Mathematics and Science Education Center (MSEC) cultivates and sustains vibrant and innovative collaborations and scholarly investigations with partners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education fields, leading to improved teaching and learning at P-20 levels, advocacy for equity and broader participation, and lifelong learning for community members.
The Appalachian State University Mathematics and Science Education Center came into existence in early 1985 as one of the centers in the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN). During a state budget crisis, the centralized coordinating office of NC-MSEN was dissolved in August of 2010. In addition to Appalachian, regional centers in the UNC system that are still active are UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, East Carolina University, and NC State University. The goals of the Centers are to:
- Increase the quality and quantity of mathematics and science teachers in North Carolina Public Schools;
- Strengthen instruction in mathematics and science in grades K-12;
- Sponsor research and development in mathematics and science education; and
- Increase the use of educational technology in schools.
Center activities are based on the needs of classroom instructors. The Center at Appalachian offers special workshops, summer institutes, graduate courses and other instructional programs aimed at helping update and recertify teachers. Northwest North Carolina is naturally our primary service area, but teachers from all parts of the state and beyond are welcome to participate in Center programs. A number of programs are offered in the summer.