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.
Center for Research on Classrooms
With a goal of improving student learning in K-12 classrooms, the Center for Research on Classrooms focuses on the development of research activities and policy papers that are problem-focused and driven by research evidence.
Center for the Study of Higher Education
Established in 1977, the Center for the Study of Higher Education offers graduate degree programs with concentrations in comparative higher education, organization and administration, college access, and student affairs.
Cooper Center for Environmental Learning
A partnership between TUSD and the College of Education, the Cooper Center educates children and adult chaperones, educators, pre-service teachers, and volunteers about ecology, science, and the wonders of the Sonoran Desert.
Education Policy Center
As the only university-based center in the state dedicated to policy issues of PK-20 education, the Education Policy Center shares education policy research with the community and is a key resource for policymakers.
Native SOAR is a service-learning mentoring program for Native undergraduate students that provides mentorship and prepares members to mentor local Native middle and high school students.
NAVIGATE is a STEM training program for ROTC students and veterans that provides students with specialized training in geospatial technology while helping them to prepare for STEM careers in the military or law enforcement.
Pathways to Teaching
Pathways to Teaching is a collaboration between the College of Education and Sunnyside Unified School District that supports Tucson-area residents in earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement.
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 provides access to the university's academic offerings and campus life in order to increase students’ self-determination and employability.
Tucson Regional Educators Collaborative
The Tucson Regional Educators Collaborative is a project led by the College of Education and CITY Center for Collaborative Learning that will improve professional learning opportunities for teachers in Southern Arizona.
Research Group on Child Development, Education, and Policy
The Research Group on Child Development, Education, and Policy is a multi-disciplinary collaborative that conducts research to study early childhood and family characteristics that impact learning, development, school readiness, and health outcomes.
Talk It Out
Talk It Out is a partnership program with the TUSD Family Resource Centers that provides free and timely mental health counseling services to TUSD students and families using a practicum training model.
Teachers in Industry
A collaboration between the College of Education and Tucson Values Teachers, Teachers in Industry connects certified teachers with STEM companies in Arizona through paid summer internships and professional development.
Worlds of Words
Worlds of Words, the largest international collection of global children's books in the United States, is a global literacy center committed to creating an international network of people who share the vision of bringing books and children together.