About EPDC

When you think of NASA, images of astronauts, spacecraft and incredible photos of celestial bodies in our universe might pop into your head. You might also envision such technological wonders like rockets, the International Space Center, or manmade satellites orbiting the Earth. But you may not be fully aware of NASA’s many past and current missions all aimed at deepening humankind’s understanding of the universe.

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative is a project led in collaboration with Texas State University. We aim to maintain and build upon the best of the existing NASA professional development offerings and to work closely with NASA to pilot and subsequently implement other innovative, high-impact approaches to new audiences of formal and informal educators.

Our Mission

The Texas State NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative is a national educator professional development system comprised of and designed to serve STEM Educators at all levels including university pre-service educators, pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, and informal educators.

Our mission is to guide and support a broader group of educators to utilize the best of NASA’s professional learning resources. We will coordinate the delivery of these learning experiences through a highly expert staff of Texas State University Education Faculty Specialists located regionally at each of NASA’s ten Research and Space Centers.

We will also work towards developing new materials with expert faculty teams at Texas State University and partner faculty members from other universities and PD centers. We will provide professional learning experiences and resources to thousands of educators per year via four integrated delivery mechanisms of 1) NASA Face to Face (F2F) Institutes, 2) Partner-delivered Educator Professional Development (EPD), 3) Online EPD, and 4) Community-Requested EPD.

NASA STEM EPDC

NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative is an innovative, comprehensive, national network system grounded in educational theory and best practices. NASA STEM EPDC is a transformative, diversity-focused educator professional development system with a national scope led by Texas State University.

Texas State University is an experienced national leader in designing and developing research-based Educator Professional Development with a STEM focus. The College of Education’s evidence-based teacher preparation and induction practices are closely aligned with standards and recommendations put forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The university is home to a diverse campus community where ethnic minorities make up 42% of the student body, 30% of which is Hispanic. Texas State University is recognized by the federal government as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the largest HSI in Texas, and ranks among the top 20 universities in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Texas State University is the largest university producer of teachers in Texas, and the second largest nationally, preparing 800 to 1000 teachers each year.

Foundational Principles

The NASA STEM EPD Collaborative will impact higher education faculty, pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, and informal educators. It is based on five innovative approaches that serve as foundational principles:

  • Attention to the educator across their professional continuum
  • Respect for the culture and language of the learner
  • Openness to sharing learning and harnessing the power of scholar/expert partnership
  • Boldness to leverage the potential of massive online learning and badging systems
  • Commitment to innovate a national impact evaluation model that gets to the heart of professional learning and behavior change

2016 NASA STEM EPDC Annual Report

The EPDC project is pleased to share news of last years accomplishments. To learn more about our successes, please click.