About CSTL

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Our mission

In July 2003, the Center for Science Teaching and Learning was created. Based on an extensive retreat following years of careful consideration as to how we can make the greatest contribution to the university and the science teachers of Arizona and the southwest, we dedicated ourselves to the following mission:

The mission of the CSTL is to engage educators in the quest for excellence, access, and equity in science teaching and learning.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is a teaching, research, evaluation, and materials resource for science faculty and students across the NAU campus, K through 20 science teachers, and informal educators statewide.

The CSTL provides leadership in and coordination of science education professional development, academic programs, and outreach activities. CSTL is responsible for the recruitment, advising, and student teaching placement and supervision for secondary science teachers.

The CSTL collaborates with the College of Education and departments across the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences in support of secondary science teacher certification, including the NAUTeach program, and provides extensive curriculum resources for K-20 pre-service and in-service teachers.

The Center’s vision is to be a regional leader in standards based science education through:

Science teacher preparation and certification

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  • science teacher preparation and certification, including NAUTeach, the Master of Arts in Science Teaching, the Master of Arts in Teaching – Science; and CMOST
  • recruit, advise, and supervise science teachers
  • place and supervise field practicum
  • coordinate informal science education experiences
  • maintain state-of-the-art curriculum resources and materials

Professional development

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  • design and deliver professional development of standards-based curriculum programs
  • offer web-based AEPA Science Preparation courses
  • collaborations with schools and partnerships with professional development centers
  • partner with curriculum and professional development centers

Science education leadership

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  • providing technical assistance in science education to campus, state, and national collaborators
  • science education leadership through technical assistance, program design and evaluation, and science education research
  • maintain Arizona Science Teachers Association web site
  • provide leadership in the Arizona Building a Presence grant (NSTA)
  • sponsor the Science Leadership Academies

Our supporters 

Give to the center or learn more about our partner organizations.