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 took over, retiring in August of 2017 and was replaced by Megha Khandelwal.



Mission Statement


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


  1. To enhance the development of dynamic learning communities comprised of university faculty, MST students, and students of MST students.
  2. To provide current, applicable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) content to MST students, consistent with principles of effective practice in facilitating adult learning including the promotion of collaborative spirit among NMT faculty, students, and STEM professionals; the respect of students' uniqueness and separateness; provision of opportunities for the systemic and altering process of exploration and investigation, i.e. reflection on action, more exploration and investigation, more reflection on action; and last, the encouragement of self-directed learning that considers alternate ways of thinking, learning, and assessment.
  3. To enhance classroom teaching and learning through the acquisition of in-depth STEM content knowledge and mastery of successful, effective pedagogical strategies and approaches.
  4. To enhance the development of the abilities of MST students to apply vertically integrated curriculum through utilization of national teaching and content standards and Advanced Placement, thus contributing to the development of the educational pipeline carrying students to STEM careers.
  5. To provide research opportunities for teacher-participants and their students in collaboration with university faculty.
  6. To provide distance learning opportunities via webcasting and frequent on-line interaction between university faculty, teacher-participants, and their students.


Goals of the MST Program


  1. Encourage MST students to incorporate MST experiences into curriculum development.
  2. Provide access to innovative and current classroom, laboratory, and field experiences in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
  3. Provide examples of applications of the subject matter to industrial, technological, and environmental problems of the real world.





New Mexico Tech Psychology Department  Last Updated OCT 2017

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