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.