Centers, Institutes & Projects

American Indian Language Development Institute
The American Indian Language Development Institute offers summer programs focused on Indigenous languages.

CREATE redesigns early childhood education by immersing teacher education students into family, community, and classroom settings to explore the ways in which these interactions can enhance literacy and learning for young children. Early childhood teacher preparation is shifting from a focus on learning about to promoting learning with and from family members, children, university students, and early childhood caregivers.

Center for Research on Classrooms
The Center for Research on Classrooms (CRC), a new research center at the UA College of Education, focuses on classrooms, rather than on one particular aspect of classrooms such as teachers, students, or curriculum. CRC is not driven by politics or any ideological orientation. Problematic and politically driven reform initiatives have emerged from both major political parties in the U.S., and The Race to the Top appears vulnerable to charges of more of the same. CRC pursues the development of research activities and policy papers that are problem-focused and driven by research evidence rather than assertion. CRC brings research into a primary consideration as part of the debate in improving student learning in K-12 classrooms.

Center for the Study of Higher Education
Established in 1977, the Center for the Study of Higher Education offers flexible, interdisciplinary, and individualized master of arts and doctor of philosophy degree programs with concentrations in comparative higher education, organization and administration, college access, and student affairs.

Collaborative for Race, Equity, and Justice
A new research team established by Assistant Professor DeMarcus Jenkins in 2019.

Cooper Center for Environmental Learning
A partnership between the Tucson Unified School District and the College of Education, the Cooper Center educates thousands of school children and adult chaperones, educators, pre-service teachers, and volunteers each year about ecology, science, and the beauty and wonders of our home, the Sonoran Desert.

Education Policy Center
To help inform the public and policymakers in Arizona, we created the Education Policy Center. This center shares education policy research with the community and is a key resource for policymakers. We are the only university-based center in the state dedicated to policy issues of PK-20 education.

Native Soar
A multigenerational sevice-learning mentoring program that equips undergraduate students at the University of Arizona to mentor local middle and high school students. In the program’s two-tier mentoring model, enrolled undergraduates are also mentored by current UA graduate students and professionals from within the Tucson and university communities.

The UA has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy. Led by our Assistant Dean for Research Development and Outreach Sara Chavarria, an interdisciplinary team launched "NAVy Intelligence through Geospatial Applications and TEchnology," or NAVIGATE, a three-year project with more than $748,000 in funding from the Office of Naval Research.NAVIGATE is an immersive science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, or STEM, training program that will provide students with specialized training in geospatial technology while helping them to prepare for STEM careers with the Navy or other military branches or for careers in law enforcement.

Pathways to Teaching
A new, innovative College of Education Teacher Preparation Program that seeks to “grow our own” teachers by supporting Tucson-area residents in earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement. Developed by Pathways Program Director Marcy Wood, the program is a collaboration between the college’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies and Sunnyside Unified School District. Pathways to Teaching offers students an opportunity for their community to invest in them as a future educator for local schools.

Project Focus
A pioneering post-high school option for students ages 18-22 who have intellectual disabilities and are enrolled in schools in Pima County, Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support) provides access to the UA's academic offerings and campus life in order to increase students’ self-determination and employability. 

Regional Educator Professional Learning Collaborative
The Regional Educator Professional Learning Collaborative is a 9-month effort to engage a wider range of stakeholders in planning for a collaborative effort to improve teachers’ professional learning opportunities. The project is led by the UA College of Education and CITY Center for Collaborative Learning in partnership with local school districts, charter schools, education agencies, and nonprofit organizations.​

Research Group on Child Development, Education, and Policy
CDEP is a multi-disciplinary collaborative to conduct high-quality research to study early childhood and family characteristics that impact learning, development, school readiness, and health outcomes. Research shows educational investments made during early childhood, especially for disadvantaged youth, improves the wellbeing, resilience, and productivity of children.

Talk It Out
Talk It Out provides free and timely mental health counseling services to TUSD students and families using a practicum training model. Under supervision, master’s-level counselors-in-training provide individual, group, and family counseling free of charge to enrolled TUSD students and their families (no insurance required).

Teachers in Industry
A collaboration between the College of Education and Tucson Values Teachers, private sector businesses and K-12 education, TiI provides professional development, summer employment in STEM industries, and networking both to increase the retention of science and math teachers and to improve science and math teaching and learning in Arizona.

Worlds of Words
"Open a book — open the world for a child." We all have warm memories of reading a favorite book with the children in our lives as they snuggle closely, peering intently at the illustrations and correcting us if we miss a word. A book provides a flight of imagination that connects children to significant people in their lives and invites them to explore new worlds and possibilities. At the College of Education, you’ll find a magical place — a place where lives change, thanks to the power of books. Worlds of Words, the International Collection of Children’s and Adolescent Literature, is the largest international collection in the United States.