The center was designed to increase the number of credentialed teachers in STEM education, and to bring STEM to the forefront of K-16 education through leadership and service.

We are dedicated to providing future and current CSI3 teachers with a combination of educational experienced geared to prepare them for 21st century learners.  Through all of our programs, we systematically address the shortage of STEM Teachers in high-need schools in and around the Los Angeles area and across the state. 

CSI3 has developed innovative undergraduate, credential, and graduate programs. We are continuously forming multiple partnerships with the high-need schools and school districts as well as community colleges.

We offer all of our program participants ongoing advising and financial and academic support.  Above all, we offer our participants the opportunity to make a difference where they are needed most. 

Our organization began in 2001 at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Initially, we oversaw − Transition to Teaching, STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency and Urban Teacher’s Fellow − programs that assist in training STEM educators.

Dr. Kamal Hamdan, a leader in STEM education, successfully directed the implementation of these programs which resulted in greatly contributing to California State University Dominguez Hills’ recognition for producing the most math and science teachers in any college or university in California.

In 2013, we launched the California STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement to focus on the teacher shortage in the Los Angeles area.

To date, under the directorship of Dr. Hamdan, we have secured over $50 million in grants and partnerships, serviced over 5,500 students and teacher-candidates through our lab school, provided support in producing hundreds of teachers who have gone on to be leaders in education and secured almost a dozen federal grants.

Most importantly, we are carrying out our passion to provide high-quality education to students who deserve it.