School of Education

Centers, Institutes and Programs

Lamont FlowersOne of Clemson's distinguishing academic features is the nearly 80 outstanding centers and institutes associated with the five colleges that reflect both college and cross-disciplinary interests. These centers and institutes foster the highest qualities of teaching, service, and research. The Eugene T. Moore School of Education is home to three centers of excellence and several other centers. Also shared here are a few of our high profile programs.

America Reads

Clemson University joined the America Reads Challenge by developing a program during the 1997-98 academic year. The program consists of work-study students and volunteer students from a wide range of disciplines and colleges at Clemson University.

For more information, contact Linda Gambrell.

Arts and Creativity Lab

The Arts and Creativity Lab is designed to allow for concentrated work in both the visual and performing arts in education. A visual art with seminar space and a performing arts space with a specialized performance floor have been modeled after professional arts studios and designed to create a comfortable and non-intimidating environment for creative work and arts integration in early childhood, elementary, and special education.

For more information, contact Alison Leonard.


The mission of the Call Me MISTER® Initiative, a partnership of colleges and universities in SC and across the nation, is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

For more information, contact Roy Jones.

Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education

Established in 1988, the mission of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education is to examine and address critical issues as well as disseminate information about the black experience in education in the State of South Carolina and throughout the United States. The center achieves its goals by conducting research and program evaluations, implementing educational programs, and pursuing collaborations and partnerships.

For more information, contact Lamont A. Flowers.


ClemsonLIFE™ is a two year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment, and social/leisure skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults.

For more information, contact (864) 656-0501,

Inquiry in Motion

Improving the motivation, potential, and achievement of students and teachers through sustained engagement in science, math, engineering, and technology is the mission. Goals include Increase Student Achievement, Improve Math and Science Teaching.

For more information, contact Jeff Marshall.

National Dropout Prevention Center

Founded in 1986 with Clemson University as its base, the National Dropout Prevention Center is a clearinghouse for issues related to dropout prevention and offers strategies to increase American high school graduation rates. Through research initiatives, publications and professional development activities, the National Dropout Prevention Center works to increase awareness of successful programs and policies and also to improve educational opportunities for young people across the country. Beginning the 2014-15 academic year, the Center will be housed within the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. 

For more information, contact Beth Reynolds

Reading Recovery® State Training Center

Clemson University is the training site for Reading Recovery in South Carolina. Established in 1989, Clemson University’s Training Center coordinates Reading Recovery Training and professional development for South Carolina as well as some neighboring states in collaboration with South Carolina’s Department of Education. Reading Recovery is one-on-one instructional intervention for first-time first-graders who have difficulties learning to read. The goal is to bring these children’s literacy skills within the average range of their peers’ achievements.

For more information, contact Kathleen Grant.

S.C. Center of Excellence for Inquiry in Mathematics and Science (CEIMS)

Clemson University is the host of the Center of Excellence for Inquiry in Mathematics and Science (CEIMS). CEIMS is part of the Inquiry in Motion Institute, whose primary effort is to improve K-12 mathematics and science instruction. Goals for the center are to increase the number of highly qualified middle school mathematics and science teachers, and increase the quality, confidence and competence of in-service middle school mathematics and science teachers through the use of effective inquiry-based practice. One outgrowth of the Center is that Casio America has identified Clemson University as its Center of Academic Training. Many of the findings from CEIMS will become integral to Casio’s nationwide training efforts.

For more information, contact Jeff Marshall.

S.C. Center of Excellence for Digital Media and Learning

The South Carolina Center of Excellence for Digital Media and Learning, based in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, prepares future educators with a solid instructional technology foundation by developing cutting-edge programs and software applications that have helped teachers across the country. The Mission of the Digital Media and Learning Labs is to create a culture of participation with digital media technologies by providing media “hangouts” fostering creativity, production, and learning, supported by community members.

For more information, contact Ryan Visser.

UCEA Center for Leadership in Law and Education

The Center for Leadership in Law and Education connects with the UCEA commitment to “advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children” by highlighting and promoting the leadership of education professionals in the making, administering and evaluating of the laws impacting children and the schools.

For more information, contact Patricia First.