Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST)

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

CMAST Teacher Leader Showcase, 2014: Math and Science Teacher Leaders reflect on their experience collaborating with faculty of CMAST at LMU.


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.