Welcome to Loyola Marymount University's Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST), a program committed to developing, inspiring, and retaining excellent STEM teachers.


The LMU School of Education’s Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST or the Center) is a comprehensive innovation and research center whose mission is to improve the STEM literacy and develop the STEM talent of historically underrepresented groups in urban communities.


The Center aspires to be a national leader in advancing STEM education in urban communities.


The goals for the Center are to:

  • Improve instruction in urban schools and informal learning organizations that results in increased student engagement and achievement in STEM.
  • Develop school and teacher leaders’ capacity to cultivate collaborative STEM cultures within their learning communities.
  • Inspire and prepare urban K-12 students to pursue STEM careers and study STEM at the college level.
  • Increase and sustain the involvement of all urban community stakeholders in applying STEM literacy skills to problem solve within their communities.
  • Develop broad-based interdisciplinary partnerships regionally and beyond that find innovative solutions to the challenges of urban STEM education.


The Center seeks to CREATE solutions enacting the following strategies:

  • Collaborate: The Center engages in interdisciplinary collaborations with strategic partners from PK-12, higher education, and the business community.
  • Research: Committed to both innovation and research, the Center will iteratively improve and disseminate its initiatives and programs through rigorous research and evaluation processes.
  • Enable: The Center seeks to enable stakeholders in urban communities to proactively develop innovative, contextual, and sustainable solutions.
  • Assess: The Center works actively with a variety of stakeholders to authentically identify and assess community needs.
  • Transform: The Center works to develop programs that shift mindsets around STEM teaching, learning, leadership and policy.
  • Educate: The Center will provide professional development and instruction on contemporary curriculum, policy, research and best practices in STEM education.