The Master of Science Teaching (MST) Program at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) was initiated in 1969 at the urging of then Governor of New Mexico, Jack Campbell. Governor Campbell recognized a serious need to improve precollege science and mathematics instruction in the state. He suggested a summer program of graduate level science and mathematics courses for high school teachers. NMT was approached for the program because of its recognized leadership in the fields of science and technology.
The program was initiated and nurtured by Clifford Keizer, of the NMT Chemistry Department, who served as its Coordinator for about ten years. The program was then taken over by Clay T. Smith of the Geoscience Department, who turned the program over to Carl J. Popp in 1982, when Dr. Smith retired. Carl Popp coordinated the program for one year, followed by David K. Shortess, of the Biology Department, who served as Coordinator from 1983 through the summer of 1989. From 1990 until 1996, Donald Brandvold, Department of Chemistry, coordinated the program. In 1996, Vannetta R. Perry took over as Coordinator and served through 2001, at which point Marisa Wolfe assumed the role of Coordinator. In July, 2005, George Becker the current coordinator, replaced Marisa Wolfe.
Teacher enhancement - Training of teachers in the mathematics and science content areas will enrich the classroom experience of students, with the expectation of increased math and science literacy of all students and increased student interest in math and science careers. This is especially true for pre-college and Advanced Placement curricula as MST courses emphasize current and updated information and teaching methods. Importantly, NMT faculty follow-up permits continued MST student and faculty interaction, thus sustaining and reinforcing concepts and information delivered during MST coursework. MST graduates have traditionally continued taking NMT courses as a means of staying up-to-date on advances in STEM.
Community outreach - As a public institution of higher education, New Mexico Tech has an obligation to serve the citizens of the state. The Master of Science for Teachers Program provides an opportunity for New Mexico Tech to provide high quality graduate science and math education to educators statewide and opens communication between NMT faculty, MST students AND their students. This is notably important for MST students from rural areas and for teachers wishing to enhance their own course content and diversity.
Recruitment - Educators who participate in the Master of Science for Teachers Program are genuine spokespersons for New Mexico Tech, often encouraging their own students to attend the university following high school graduation. It is also significant that MST graduates are important liaisons, acting to promote the MST Program to other teachers.
Objective and Goals
MST Program Objectives
Goals of the MST Program
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