Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Department Head: Bruce Johnson

The Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies (TLS) is a newly formed unit created by the merger of the Departments of Language, Reading & Culture (LRC) and Teaching & Teacher Education (TTE). The new TLS department brings together LRC’s internationally recognized faculty and graduate programs in literacy acquisition, sociocultural theory, Indigenous education, heritage-language revitalization, the study of households and community settings, and children’s and adolescent literatures and literacy with TTE’s teacher certification programs and internationally recognized faculty and graduate programs in science and mathematics education, environmental learning and sustainability, curriculum theory, classroom organization and management, and teacher education and development.

Teacher certification programs in TLS include undergraduate degree programs in early childhood education (birth – age 8) and elementary education (grades K-8), with a bilingual endorsement option. At the graduate level, the Teach Arizona program leads to a master's degree with certification as a teacher of Math, Science, English, American government, History, or Spanish in middle or high schools (grades 7-12). Additional programs lead to endorsements in bilingual education, reading, and English as a Second Language (ESL). For more information on teacher certification programs, go to the certification programs page.

Graduate programs in TLS are described here and include degrees in Language, Reading & Culture (M.A., ED.S, ED.D, Ph.D.) and Teaching & Teacher Education (M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.). The LRC graduate programs revolve around the study of the teaching and learning of literacy and biliteracy in the educational context of cultural and linguistic diversity. Related program position statements can be found here. The TTE graduate programs focus on a wide variety of aspects of teaching and learning, including teacher preparation and development, curriculum theory and policy, and subject-specific content such as mathematics and science.  Teachers in Industry (formerly MASTER-IP Program) is a three-year master's program that takes teachers into industry through paid summer internships.

Important documents for students, faculty, and staff