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ASTE Mission Statement

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)  provides leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels.  ASTE promotes scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education, and seeks to advance policy and practice that contributes to more just and equitable outcomes for teachers of science.

ASTE Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

ASTE is committed to promoting a culture of respect, fairness, and inclusivity for Science Teacher Education. All people deserve to pursue their professional activities with dignity and in a safe, supportive, respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment that encourages diverse points of view and backgrounds in order to engage in open and honest communication. In 2021, the ASTE Board of Directors unanimously supported the creation of the ASTE Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

History of ASTE

ASTE (formerly the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science or AETS) can trace its history back to the 1920s. Learn about our history and view a list of Past ASTE Presidents.


ASTE Leadership

ASTE is governed by a Board of Directors. Directors chair a variety of committees that help conduct the work of the organization in accordance with our Bylaws and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

2023 Board Members

President*William McComasUniversity of Arkansas
President Elect*John PecoreUniversity of West Florida
Past President*Andrea C. BorowczakUniversity of Central Florida
Senior Board Member*Lisa BorgerdingKent State University
Senior Board Member*Mark BloomDallas Baptist University
At large Board MemberErin Peters-BurtonGeorge Mason University
At large Board MemberRita HagevikUniversity of North Carolina Pembroke
At large Board MemberIngrid CarterMSU Denver
At large Board MemberAmanda TownleyNational Center for Science Education
Senior Regional Representative*Amanda GunningMercy College
Regional RepresentativeStephen BurginUniversity of Arkansas
Regional RepresentativeTisha MorrellUniversity of Queenstown
Graduate Student RepresentativeMolly StaggsUniversity of Florida
NSTA Director of  Preservice Teacher EdLisa BrownSam Houston State University

* indicates membership on the Executive Committee

Administrative Members

Executive DirectorKate PopejoyPopejoy STEM, LLC
Director of  Electronic ServicesMaria WallaceUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Conference Program CoordinatorKelly FeilleUniversity of Oklahoma

Click here for a full list of the ASTE leadership, including committees. (Last updated: May 19, 2024)

Position Statements

ASTE Position Statement on Environmental and Sustainability Education
ASTE Position Statement on Professional Knowledge Standards for Science Teacher Educators
ASTE Position Statement on Teaching Biological Evolution
ASTE Position Statement on Technology in Science Teacher Education
ASTE Position Statement on the Inclusion of Underserved Populations in Science Education
ASTE Position Statement Science Teacher Preparation and Career-long Development