K-12 Research and Courses

The University of Arizona offers a variety of courses for teachers, from marine biology to recombinant DNA techniques to a research experience in the Galapagos Islands! Many courses emphasize laboratory and research experience and include a focus on translating the experience to teachable classroom activities. Some courses are available as part of a formal degree program. The Masters in General Biology for Secondary School Teachers makes it possible to earn a master's degree in biology during summer breaks! A large number of research lab internships and courses are available to teachers independent of a formal degree program.

Research Experiences, Courses and Degree Programs

A Sense of Place (Geos 195D)
Learn about the natural environment of Tucson through field trips exploring geologic and biologic factors influencing development.

Arizona Center for STEM Teachers
The Arizona Center for STEM Teachers offers courses and summer programs for science, technology, engineering, and math education teachers statewide.

Arizona Teachers Initiative
The Arizona Teachers Initiative offers a Master's Degree in Middle School Mathematics Leadership, and a one-year full-time math specialist "sabbatical" at the UA.

AZ START
AZ START is a professional development program that links the state's K-12 science teachers with the science research infrastructure throughout the state.

Biotechnology Laboratory Experience for High School Students (BLAST)
High school students and teachers work with state of the art equipment to learn to apply basic molecular biology to research questions developed in the classroom.

Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA)
CEMELA brings together experts in mathematics education, mathematics, language, and culture to collaboratively work on improving the mathematics education of low-income Latino students.

College of Science Public Lecture Series and Teacher Course
The College of Science hosts evening lectures for the general public on current topics in science, along with an associated course (ECOL/GEOS 596s) for high school teachers.

Courses and Workshops for Teachers
A wide variety of courses designed specifically for secondary school science teachers and open to all teachers for professional development, or as part of a degree program.

Galapagos Marine Ecology (ECOL 496O/5960)
Study in the Galapagos Islands while providing a valuable service project for the youth of Galapagos.

Masters in General Biology for Secondary School Teachers
The Master's Degree in General Biology for Teachers offers courses and a research experience during the summer months.

Tucson Teacher Circles for Teachers of Mathematics
Teachers of mathematics and University faculty meet monthly for dinner and discussion of math problems on changing themes. Free and available for recertification credit.