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.

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.

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.

Teachers in Industry
Teachers in Industry (TiI) - 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 the 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.