MSTEP is in part funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Education, and partners with many private, public, and non-formal institutions. With the New York City Department of Education, MSTEP seeks to:
- Decrease the number of math and science teachers teaching out of licensure;
- Increase achievement and interest in math and science for all students; and
- Encourage the development and implementation of best practice curricula for urban, at-risk students.
Coursework addresses gender and ethnicity, pedagogy, learning standards, action research, and content. Core courses include:
- Contemporary Issues in Science and Math Education: Gender and Ethnicity;
- Science and Mathematics Curriculum in Secondary Schools;
- Supervision of Mathematics Curriculum in Secondary Schools;
- Measuring Outcomes Assessment in Science Teaching;
- Using New York City's Non-Formal Science Resources to Teach Science;
- Research Internships in Math and Science;
- Applications of Microcomputers to Mathematics and Science Instruction; and
- Recent Advances in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.