The interdisciplinary Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University exists to advance knowledge through research to improve the teaching and learning of science, in and out of the classroom. We prepare science-focused graduate students from all over the world to be reflective and engaged scholars of science education.

Graduate degrees

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The Institute teaches undergraduate science courses for elementary education majors and offers two graduate degree programs 

for teachers of science at both K-12 and college levels:

The graduate programs are science content focused with attention to effective pedagogy.

Prepare for teaching and research

The Institute offers a unique program of concurrent enrollment where students enroll in the doctoral program in the institute and one of five master's programs in science. This program is ideal for preparing for college level science teaching and for research in science education.

The Mallinson Institute is also the home for Science and Mathematics Program Improvement. SAMPI staff evaluate the efficacy of education programs, especially in mathematics and science. 

Why should you study at WMU?

These are some of the compelling reasons to study at WMU:

  • WMU has recently been ranked in the highest category of research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation, along with Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
  • WMU has recently been rated as one of the nation’s 90 best public universities by U.S. News & World Report, and among America’s 100 best college buys.