Master of Education

Secondary Education

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The University of Arizona South M.Ed. Secondary Education program has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the recruitment and preparation of STEM teachers in Southern Arizona high schools and middle schools. The Collaborative Noyce Border Scholars Program along the Arizona-Mexico Border is a collaboration among the University of Arizona South, University of Arizona Biosphere 2, and Cochise College.

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    Noyce Border Scholars, Freeport MacMoRan Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, AZ

Building Upon Strong Partnerships

The Noyce Border Scholars program builds upon strong partnerships that were previously established through a UAS Transition to Teaching grant among neighboring school districts throughout Southern Arizona. NSF funding will allow UAS to provide scholarships and stipends to more than 50 new STEM teachers over the five-year grant term. The program will recruit recent STEM graduates as well as STEM professionals who are looking for a change of career. Scholars will complete a UAS Master’s in Education, while serving in one of 13 high-need school districts in Cochise, Santa Cruz, or Pima Counties; leading to an Arizona Department of Education Provisional Teaching Certificate. The grant will also provide opportunities for the Scholars to participate in field experiences at UA’s Biosphere 2. Cochise College instructors, in tandem with UAS and UA Biosphere 2 faculty, will implement an innovative and enriched STEM curriculum to supplement the existing UAS M.Ed. Secondary Education program.

The award winning M.Ed. Secondary Education program at the University of Arizona South (UAS), in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, Biosphere 2 and Cochise College prepares STEM teachers for the rigors and rewards of teaching on the U.S./ Mexico border.

Qualified students are awarded generous scholarships or stipends


For more information, contact Ali Van Gorp, Grants Program Coordinator, at (520) 458-8278 ext. 2119 or OR complete an Interest Form by following this link.

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The Need for Teachers

Etta, Eric, KevinNoyce Border Scholars, Biosphere2, Rain Forest.

Dr. Etta Kralovec, PI
UA Sierra Vista, M.Ed. Secondary Education Program
Dr. Kevin Bonine, Co-PI
UA Biophere2 and UA College of Science
Dr. Kristy Ritter, Co-PI
Cochise College, Mathematics Department

“We are grateful to the NSF for their support of the students who want to serve their communities by teaching in these high-need schools. The entire state is in need of teachers, but high-need rural and border areas suffer even more. These financial incentives and enriching professional development experiences will enable us to recruit and educate more teachers.” - Etta Kralovec, Ed.D., Principal Investigator, Noyce Border Scholars

Biosphere 2 Cochise College

UA South Receives $1.4M Grant for STEM Teacher Training

With National Science Foundation funding, students will be uniquely trained to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant # 1557396. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors(s) and not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.