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The College of Education is home to a host of nationally recognized centers, institutes, labs and programs that help us extend the reach of our commitment to systematically improve education. The efforts focus on such important issues as special needs, diversity, literacy and writing, STEM/STEAM, digital media, arts education, early learning and educational policy. These outreach efforts make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities in South Carolina and around the globe.


Center of Excellence for Digital Media and Learning

The Center of Excellence for Digital Media and Learning prepares future educators with a solid instructional technology foundation by developing cutting-edge programs and software applications that have helped teachers across the country.  For more information, contact Ryan Visser.

Center of Excellence for Innovation in Mathematics and Science

Center of Excellence for Innovation in Mathematics and Science improves the motivation, potential and achievement of students and teachers through sustained engagement in science, math, engineering and technology. Goals include increasing student achievement and improving math and science teaching. For more information, contact Sandra Linder.

The Education Media Center (EMC) is a curriculum materials library that primarily supports the students, faculty and staff of Clemson University’s College of Education by providing spaces, resources and services to facilitate the development of educators, counselors, administrators, training and development specialists, and all learners. The EMC functions as a University Libraries location, providing all affiliated resources and services. For more information, contact

Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Training Center for South Carolina

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


Arts and Creativity Lab

The Arts and Creativity Lab allows 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.

Digital Media and Learning Labs

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.

Child Learning and Development Lab

The Child Learning and Development Lab (CLAD) at the College 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.



The mission of the Call Me MISTER® initiative, a partnership of colleges and universities in S.C. and across the nation, is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader and more diverse background, particularly among the state's lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among underserved, socioeconomically 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


The College of Education is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) initiatives. Among our efforts are leading a Clemson-wide STEAM ecosystem effort to serve South Carolina's most underserved communities, providing quality professional development opportunities, offering scholarships for STEM graduates who want to enter the classroom and helping build an award-winning STEAM middle school from scratch. For more information, contact the Dean's Office.

Upstate Writing Project

The Upstate Writing Project (UWP) is an official National Writing Project site supported by the 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 beliefs 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.

Media Outreach

Policy Matters

The College of Education has joined forces with Clemson's College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and ClemsonTV to produce "Policy Matters: Showcasing Education That Works" – a new webcast series exploring educational policy topics that impact student success. For more information, contact Marty Duckenfield.