Center for Education Research and Policy Studies (CERPS)
The Center for Education Research and Policy Studies (CERPS) generates and disseminates educational policy research. The Center is particularly focused on education policy that directly impacts the students and families of the Paso del Norte region.
As part of the faculty support system, CERPS identifies grants, help faculty write competitive proposals, and offers administrative management of secured funds. CERPS unites an interdisciplinary array of scholars from across the University of Texas at El Paso campus through externally funded research. The Center also provides a space in the College of Education building to stimulate collaboration among UTEP’s faculty.
The Center publishes quarterly policy briefs that address a variety of topics such as Texas school finance reform, dual language education, local and regional educator labor markets, and programs and policies that address the needs of historically under-served students. The purpose of our policy brief series is to directly impact educational policy locally, across Texas, and nationally by providing evidence-based policy recommendations. Policy briefs are based on research conducted at the University of Texas at El Paso by College of Education faculty.
Elsa Villa, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies
David Knight, Ph.D., Associate Director
Ethnography of Languages, Literacies, and Learning Lab (EL3 Lab)
Under the direction of Katherine Mortimer, Ph.D., assistant professor of teacher education, this research and teaching laboratory provides technology and space to support
Work With a Scientist Program
Work With A Scientist Program is funded by National Science Foundation (No DRL: 1322600 - Transforming Students’ Partnership with Scientists Through Cogenerative Dialogues) to support high school students’ partnership with scientists at University of Texas at El Paso. This pioneering UTEP-led study investigates how collaborations between University STEM faculty and high school students could lead to more of them becoming
Center for Counselor Training and Research
The mission of the Center for Counselor Training and Research (CCTR) is to provide a laboratory-based setting in which graduate-level counseling students are provided an opportunity to develop and practice the use of skills necessary to provide counseling services to children and adults. Similarly, the CCTR supports opportunities to develop skills necessary to administer and interpret cognitive and achievement tests for diagnosticians. Additionally, the CCTR offers a setting for conducting research related to counselor and diagnostician training.
College of Education Science Laboratory
The College’s Science Laboratory is an educational setting that provides graduate and undergraduate Education students access to practical science and technology materials as well as methods for direct classroom instruction. The classroom provides a rich setting wherein students can explore the integration of content and pedagogy. The environment also integrates effective technology and materials that can be applied in hands-on experiments and projects.
College of Education MAKERSPACE
Located in room #201 of the Education Building, the College of Education
Research and Evaluation Laboratory (REL)
Under the direction of Arturo Olivarez, Ph.D., professor of teacher education, the REL provides services to all College faculty and students with the advice, guidance, and instruction in the design of quantitative research studies, the selection and development of research instruments, the design of statistical analyses and support of the use of statistical software. Dr. Olivarez also is responsible for conducting research seminars for groups of faculty and/or students (e.g., use of statistical software such as SPSS and SAS, conducting program evaluations, and qualitative research methodology).
The Living Arthropod and Environmental Education Laboratory
Dr. Ron Wagler, associate professor of science education, is the founder and director of The Living Arthropod and Environmental Education Laboratory. The Living Arthropod and Environmental Education Laboratory is the first and only laboratory in the world dedicated to arthropod education research and support services for arthropod educators. The laboratory houses different species of living arthropods, laboratory equipment and educational equipment. The living arthropods are all captive bred as to not remove further arthropods from their already fragile natural ecosystems. The species in the laboratory are constantly changing based on the research, teaching, service and outreach that is occurring. Some of the living arthropods in Dr. Wagler’s laboratory are Critically Endangered (CR) or Extinct in the Wild (EW) but all of the laboratory animals originate from ecosystems that are being degraded by human activity. All of the laboratories arthropods are involved in multi-generation captive breeding projects while one group of arthropods is involved in one of the largest multi-generation captive breeding projects of its kind. Because the care of the laboratories arthropods is so varied and specialized, Dr. Wagler provides all of the care for the living arthropods to ensure that their care is always humane, remains at the highest standard of quality and his ongoing arthropod experiments are not compromised. Taking these steps also ensured that the arthropods remain healthy and reproducing for many generations. The laboratory performs research in the areas of arthropod education, living arthropod curriculum development, the development of new arthropod captive breeding techniques and environmental education (integrated with arthropod education). The laboratory is also used for living arthropod and environmental education presentations to universities, schools, zoos, museums, science centers and the community; arthropod education consulting; arthropod captive breeding consulting and many other arthropod education and environmental education activities. Dr. Wagler's living captive bred arthropods have appeared in motion pictures and have been highlighted in many media outlets such as Entertainment Tonight, Vanity Fair, MTV, Variety, ABC News and others.