Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, and Science Education (ITMS) is an area of study in the Division of Teaching, Learning, Leadership, and Policy (TLLP) in the School of Education.
ITMS offers a range of certificates, licensure programs, and graduate degrees (M.Ed., M.S., and Ph.D.) with emphases in Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, and Science Education.
As a School of Education in a leading science and technology research university, we take particular pride in our expertise in STEM fields. Iowa State University has long been a center of excellence in Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, and Science Education. Our Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is internationally recognized as a premier space for research and innovation. Our master’s programs, including pre-service teacher preparation programs in Science Education and Mathematics Education and an online master’s in Instructional Technology, have also received awards, both nationally and in Iowa. Our Ph.D. alumni in all three areas of emphasis hold tenure-line faculty positions at a range of leading research universities, liberal arts colleges, and regional public universities, such as University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Washington-Seattle, Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Drake University, Ball State University, Towson University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Wichita State University.
Drawing on a variety of methodological traditions and theoretical frameworks, ITMS faculty engage in rigorous and field-moving research that has been published in leading journals, including British Journal of Educational Technology, Cultural Studies of Science Education, Educational Technology Research and Development, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, School Science and Mathematics, Science Education, Science & Education, Simulation & Gaming, Teaching Children Mathematics, Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics, and ZDM- International Journal on Mathematics Education.
In addition to collaborating with each other on topics such as the use of virtual worlds to support the mathematics learning of pre-service teachers, and collaborating with other faculty in the School of Education on projects such as using coding apps to support literacy instruction, faculty in ITMS collaborate with colleagues across campus. This includes working with scholars in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Design, and the College of Engineering on projects such as a multi-million dollar NSF STEM-C grant focused on preparing elementary teachers to engage their students in experiential learning of essential science and engineering concepts. Graduate students benefit from all of these collaborations, as participants in specific projects and as students advised by and in courses taught by leading scholars in their field.
Our Commitment to Teacher Education and Graduate Education
In addition to our commitment to research and graduate education, ITMS is deeply committed to teacher education. ITMS oversees all teacher preparation courses in elementary mathematics and science education and partners with colleagues in the sciences and mathematics in the preparation of secondary science and mathematics teachers. We also oversee all courses that prepare pre-service teachers to use educational technology to support rich and rigorous classroom instruction.
M.A.T. (w/ secondary licensure in Science Education)
The School of Education offers an M.A.T. in Science Education, which leads to State of Iowa secondary teacher licensure.
M.Ed. (w/ secondary licensure in Mathematics Education)
The School of Education offers an M.Ed. in Mathematics Education, which leads to State of Iowa secondary teacher licensure.
M.Ed. (online; w/ emphasis in Instructional Technology)
The School of Education offers an online M.Ed. in Instructional Technology.
M.Ed. or M.S.
The School of Education offers an M.Ed. and M.S. in Education with an emphasis in (1) Instructional Technology, (2) Mathematics Education, (3) Science Education.
Both the M.Ed. and M.S. require completion of 30 credits. The M.Ed. requires completion of a creative component and the M.S. requires completion of a Thesis.
All M.Ed. and M.S. students must meet the School of Education requirements for the M.Ed. or M.S. and the Division requirements for the M.Ed. or M.S.
The School of Education offers a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Teaching, Learning, Leadership, and Policy (TLLP) and emphases in (1) Instructional Technology, (2) Mathematics Education, and (3) Science Education.
All Ph.D. students must meet the School of Education requirements for the Ph.D. and the Division requirements for the Ph.D.. All coursework completed in addition to the School-level and Division-level requirements are determined in consultation with the student’s Program of Study Committee.
The School of Education offers a graduate certificate in Instructional Design.
Mollie Appelgate (Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education)
EJ Bahng (Associate Professor, Science Education)
Denise Crawford (Associate Professor, Instructional Technology)
Anne Estapa (Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education)
Ben Gleason (Assistant Professor, Instructional Technology)
Connie Hargrave (Associate Professor, Instructional Technology)
Joann I (Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education)
Christa Jackson (Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education)
Larysa Nadolny (Assistant Professor, Instructional Technology)
Kristina Tank (Assistant Professor, Science Education)
Application and Admissions Procedures
Please review the process of applying and requirements for admission for further information.
Inquiries about Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, and Science Education
Please contact our Division Head: Isaac Gottesman