School of Education

Centers, Labs & Nationally Recognized Programs

Lamont FlowersThe Eugene T. Moore School of Education is home to seven centers and two labs. A few of our nationally recognized programs are highlighted below as well. These centers, labs, and programs foster the highest level of teaching, research and service. 

Centers and Labs

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. 

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. 

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. 

Child Learning and Development Lab

The Child Learning and Development Lab (CLAD) at the Eugene T. Moore School of Education brings together faculty and students to address issues relating to the healthy development and learning of young children. Our members lead research, teaching, and service projects in collaboration with multiple stakeholders in the state of South Carolina and around the world. The mission of CLAD Lab is to leverage interdisciplinary approaches to advance the healthy development and learning of young children in South Carolina and around the world. For more information, contact Faiza Jamil. 

Clemson University Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Training Center for South Carolina

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 C.C. Bates or Kathleen Grant. 

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

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 Sandy Addis. 

Nationally Recognized 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. 


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 or Winston Holton. 


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 Joe Ryan. 

Upstate Writing Project

The Upstate Writing Project (UWP) is an official National Writing Project site. It is supported by financial and professional resources of Clemson University and local school districts. UWP has primary goals that follow the National Writing Project model which is based on the belief that teachers are the key to education reform, teachers make the best teachers of other teachers, and teachers benefit from studying and conducting research. For more information, contact Rebecca A. Kaminski.