Teachers in Industry

Teachers in Industry: Innovative Business-Education Partnership

Teachers in Industry is the innovative business-education partnership that places experienced classroom teachers in your workforce during the summer.  Businesses gain from the professionalism and expertise of a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) teachers.  Teachers take their real-world industry experience back into the classroom to more effectively prepare students to enter the future workforce. 

Teachers in Industry, formerly known as the MASTER-IP program, was established in 2009 by the University of Arizona College of Education, Tucson Values Teachers, Science Foundation Arizona and Raytheon Missile Systems.

Teachers in Industry works with prestigious business and industry partners including: Arizona Public Service Company, Fort Huachuca, Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Honeywell, Orbital Sciences, Paragon Space Development Corporation, Piper Plastics, Raytheon, Salt River Project, Sanofi Aventis, Texas Instruments, Unisource Energy/TEP, VANTE, Ventana Medical Systems.

Choose From Two Options:

  1. Master’s Degree:  Earn your master’s degree through Teachers in Industry.  Designed for early and mid-career STEM teachers, you can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Education in three years, which includes three summers of industry work experience along with 33 units of coursework.
  2. Professional Development: Earn professional development credit through Teachers in Industry. In addition to one summer of industry work experience, you will earn 45 recertification/professional development hours with an option for graduate credit of three units. This option can be repeated for up to three summers.


Nearly 40 businesses have provided industry experience to over 90 teachers who influence more than 13,000 students each year in classrooms across Arizona.

$750,000 direct investment in STEM education from Science Foundation Arizona, and over $550,000 to date from the Freeport McMoRan Foundation which has helped cover teacher’s UA tuition expenses.

Over $1.6 million invested by businesses, which has been paid to teachers as compensation

For more information, visit www.teachersinindustry.arizona.edu.

Businesses, please contact:  Martha Ostheimer, Director Business Development, 520-621-5352 ostheime@email.arizona.edu

Teachers, please contact:  Julia Olsen, PhD, Director of Teacher Development, 520-621-5682, jkolsen@email.arizona.edu