Projects, Institutes, Services, Awards & Endorsements
The department is dynamic with many projects and programs serving the community. The faculty of TLS is committed to actively participating in service and outreach. The following describes projects, institutes, services, including endorsements, and awards that involve educators locally and around the country and world.
Beyond Bridging is a joint venture of the University of Arizona Departments of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Mathematics, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Tucson Unified School District to refine and evaluate a new model for teacher preparation targeting science and mathematics preservice and inservice teachers of K-6, low-income, culturally and linguistically diverse students. The goal of the Beyond Bridging Project is to design a support system that enables preservice teachers to integrate university science and mathematics coursework and practica with the day-to-day requirements and expectations of elementary school classroom practice. For more information about Beyond Bridging, please click here.
CATS Literacy Workshop
The Creating Academically Talented Students (CATS) Literacy Workshop provides school-age children special instruction in reading and writing. We build on each student’s strengths and interests to help meet literacy goals. For more information about the CATS Literacy Workshop, please click here.
Community Engagement and Youth Leadership through Science Education
In the Community Engagement and Youth Leadership through Science Education (CEYLSE) project, researchers and participants explore how science education can be a vehicle for community engagement, youth leadership, and social change, as they also seek to understand the educational opportunities, challenges and learning outcomes related to this approach. For more information, please click here.
Communities as Resources in Early Childhood Education
CREATE is an innovative early childhood teacher education program that focuses on family, community and classrooms based on the principles of funds of knowledge, story, family literacies, and collaboration. Early childhood educators, teacher education students, family members, and young children engage in ongoing explorations of the ways in which individual, community, and institutional interactions can enhance literacy/biliteracy development for young children. CREATE
Cooper Center for Environmental Learning
Located in the mountains west of Tucson, the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning (also known as Camp Cooper) is a partnership between Tucson Unified School District and the College of Education. Over 130,000 students have experienced the Sonoran Desert as part of its programs over the past 50 years, and each year, over 4,000 K-8 students from across Southern Arizona experience multi-night, single night, and day programs at the center. The Cooper Center works closely with the College of Education's Teacher Preparation Programs, graduate students in Environmental Learning, and the Earth Education Research and Evaluation Team. For more information on Cooper and its programs, please click here.
Graduate Student Colloquy
Each year, the TLS graduates students organize and hold a colloquy to a) share their scholarship and b) invite and hear presentations from nationally acclaimed scholars. Click here for current information.
Secondary Science Teaching with English Language and Literacy Acquisition
The primary goal of the Secondary Science Teaching with English Language and Literacy Acquisition project (SSTELLA) is to prepare novice secondary science for effective and responsive science teaching in linguistically diverse science classrooms. For more information about, please click here.
Teachers in Industry
Teachers in Industry integrates paid summer industry work experiences in local businesses across Arizona together with either a focused Master's of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Education or professional development credits. These activities are based in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as teacher education & training. Teachers in Industry focuses on guiding teachers to effectively bring their real world experiences into classrooms while building in-depth and practical knowledge of the workplace, and is open to all Arizona STEM teachers. For more information about Teacher in Industry, please click here.
Teachers Empowered to Advance Change in Mathematics
TEACH MATH (Teachers Empowered to Advance Change in Mathematics): Preparing preK-8 teachers to connect children's mathematical thinking and community-based funds of knowledge. For more information about TEACH MATH, please click here.
UA STEM Learning Center
The University of Arizona STEM Learning Center serves as a nexus where researchers, educators, business and industry, community organizations, and regional policy leaders join forces to realize an economic and civic future that holds at its heart the rich economic and human potential of STEM innovation. For more information about STEM, please click here.
WordCats and MathCats
WordCats and MathCats (formerly America Reads*America Counts) are College of Education programs designed to help develop young readers and writers. Studies show that sustained individualized attention and after-school tutoring help children learn these important life skills. For more information about the WordCats MathCats program, please click here.
Worlds of Words
Worlds of Words (WOW) is an initiative that focuses on building intercultural understanding through global children's and adolescent literature. WOW includes a special collection of global literature, literacy events for children and families, professional development for educators, and a website with many resources on global literature, including two on-line journals. For more information, please click here.
American Indian Language Development Institute
The American Indian Language Institute’s (AILDI), mission is to provide critical training to strengthen efforts to revitalize and promote the use of Indigenous languages across generations. This is accomplished by engaging educators, schools, Indigenous communities and policy makers nationally and internationally through outreach, transformative teaching, purposeful research and collaborative partnerships. For more information about AILDI, please click here.
Reading Specialist Endorsement
The State of Arizona offers an endorsement to be a reading specialist in grades K-12. Endorsements are an added credential to teacher certification. The Department of Language, Reading and Culture offers the courses needed to be a reading specialist. For more information about the Reading Endorsement, please click here.
Spanish Proficiency Exam
For more information about the Spanish Proficiency Exam, please click here.
Kenneth S. Goodman Award
The Department of Teaching, Language and Sociocultural Studies (formerly Language, Reading and Culture and Teaching and Teacher Education) in the College of Education at the University of Arizona seeks nominations for an award to be given in honor of Kenneth S. Goodman. Dr. Goodman is recognized internationally as an advocate for teachers, political action and holistic education. The award was established to honor professionals at any level who have "stood up" in an extraordinary way and who have set an example of well grounded, humanistic, holistic education. For nomination procedures and criteria, please click here.
Courses to meet the requirements of an endorsement may be taken as part of a graduate program and count toward a degree OR the course work for meeting the requirements of an endorsement may be taken by students who are admitted by the Graduate College (click here) as non-degree seeking students. Contact Dr. Patricia L. Anders, the LRC Program chair, (click here) for more information.
The Reading Endorsement available include K-6, 7-12 and K-12:
K-6 (24 units): LRC 505 Language & Literacy, LRC 520 Literacy Curriculum & Instruction for Children, LRC 522 Literacy in the Content Areas for Children, LRC 524 Literacy Assessment, LRC 525 Literacy Assessment, Instruction & Intervention, LRC 526 Curriculum Leadership in Literacy & Language, LRC 693 Internship, Elective.
7-12 (24 units): LRC 505 Language & Literacy, LRC 521 Literacy Curriculum & Instruction for Adolescents, LRC 523 Literacy in the Content Areas of Adolescents, LRC 524 Literacy Assessment, LRC 525 Literacy Assessment, Instruction & Intervention, LRC 526 Curricular Leadership in Literacy & Language, LRC 693 Internship, Elective.
K-12 (30 units): LRC 505 Language & Literacy, LRC 520 Literacy Curriculum & Instruction for Children, LRC 521 Literacy Curriculum & Instruction for Adolescents, LRC 522 Literacy in the Content Areas for Children, LRC 523 Literacy in the Content Areas for Adolescents, LRC 524 Literacy Assessment, LRC 525 Literacy Assessment, Instruction & Intervention, LRC 526 Curricular Leadership in Literacy and Language, LRC 693 Internship (6 hours).
Bilingual Endorsement (21 units)
State endorsement requirements:
LRC 504 Language & Culture in Education, LRC 510 Foundations of Language Minority Education, LRC 512 Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society, LRC 514 Reading & Writing in Bilingual and Second Language Settings, LRC 516 Structured English Foundations, LRC 528 Curriculum & Instruction in Bilingual and Second Language Settings, LRC 694a Bilingual Practicum, ENGL 508 English as a Second Language in Bilingual Education (or ENGL 613 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or LRC 517 Structured English Immersion Methods. Students must pass Arizona Classroom Proficiency Examination (SPE), contact the TLS Office. Proficiency in American Indian Languages is determined by designated tribal official. For other languages, consult advisor.
ESL Endorsement (21 units)
Choose one from each of these categories:
Linguistics: LRC 504 Language & Culture in Education, LRC 553 or LRC 554.
Foundations: LRC 510 Foundations of Language Minority Education or LRC 516 Structured English Foundations.
ESL Methods: ENGL 508 English as a Second Language in Bilingual Education, ENGL 613 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or LRC 517 Structured English Immersion Methods.
Reading/Writing Curriculum and Assessment (6 units): LRC 527 , LRC 528 Curriculum & Instruction in Bilingual and Second Language Settings, LRC 514 Reading & Writing in Bilingual and Second Language Settings, or LRC 635 .
Culture: LRC 512 Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society.
Practicum: LRC 578 Field Research in Communities and Schools or LRC 694a Practicum in ELL (English Language Learners) Settings
SEI Endorsement (6 units)
The following courses meet the state endorsement requirements: LRC 516 Structured English Immersion Foundations and LRC 517 Structured English Immersion Methods.