Focusing on Teacher-Learning


Professional Development

The LSU Cain Center offers research-based mathematics and science teacher professional development that has been proven to be effective in improving teacher competencies that impact student performance. Communication is key to developing a targeted, results-driven professional development model. We will work closely with you and your team to tailor a program that meets the needs of your school or district.   For more information on professional development click here.


GeauxTeach Math & Science

GeauxTeach students pursue an undergraduate content degree in humanities (English, French, history, or Spanish) or math and science (biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics) while earning a secondary teaching certificate. Without any additional credit hours, they can graduate in four years and be both certified and highly qualified to teach secondary courses in their content area. The math and science track of GeauxTeach is officially part of the College of Science and is supported by Cain Center faculty who provide instruction in many of the GeauxTeach courses. For more information on the College of Science GeauxTeach click here and for information on the Humanities GeauxTeach click here


Masters of Natural Science

The LSU Master of Natural Sciences (MNS) is a program for STEM teachers who want to advance professionally and improve the quality of secondary STEM education. It is a professional master’s degree program with tracks that focus on content directly relevant to math and science courses taught in grades 7 through 12. Improving the relevance, accessibility and quality of the graduate curriculum available at LSU to support the professional growth of STEM teachers, the MNS includes courses designed to build leadership capacity. Since 2009, the MNS has graduated more than 150 science and math master teachers and teacher-leaders.  The impacted teachers improve STEM learning for well over 15,000 students annually. Twenty-two graduate-level LSU courses were created or modified and adapted to serve the program.  Over 35 LSU faculty have taught for the program. Several graduates of the MNS presently work for the Cain Center as Master Teachers and Project Leaders. For more information on the MNS program click here.


Louisiana Academic Residency for Teachers

The LA Academic Residency for Teachers is a residency model program which recruits and trains college graduates from the local community to become middle and/or high school STEM teachers.  This is a 15 month program which assists schools or school districts in staffing their STEM programs.  For more information click here.


Graduate Externship Program

The Graduate Externship Program enables school districts to obtain the services of LSU graduate students who teach courses in highly specialized, hard-to-fill subject areas while pursuing their graduate degrees. These areas include computer science, math, engineering, science, and language. For more information contact Dr. Frank Neubrander at


Math Science Partnership

Awarded to school districts on a competitive basis, the research-based workshop provides teachers with the deep science and math content knowledge and tools necessary to improve student learning and integrate real-world STEM applications into their lessons. Each three year MSP grant impacts 35 to 40 elementary or secondary teachers per year. Historically funded by the Louisiana Department of Education, LSU has collaborated with 16 districts to serve public, private, parochial, and charter school teachers in Ascension, Avoyelles, Baker, Central, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Helena, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Zachary parishes.