CECH is home to a variety of academic, service, and research oriented centers that are created to serve as resources for our students, staff, and community partners. Our centers help facilitate partnerships between CECH and agencies within the Great Cincinnati-area and beyond.

Below is a list of School of Education-related centers.

Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)

The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) is affiliated with the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati. CESL consists of three units: Oral English Proficiency Testing (OEPT) Office, English as a Second Language (ESL) Credit Course Unit, and the English Language Institute. For more information about the CESL, visit the CESL website.


Action Research Center

The Action Research Center welcomes faculty and students in all disciplines interested in learning more about the practice of action research. The mission of the Center is to provide a focal point for educational and community-based participatory research efforts by scholars from across the University interested in exploring ways to make research more relevant in promoting social justice and in addressing critical problems and concerns both locally and globally.


Arlitt Center for Education, Research, and Sustainability

The center focuses on global issues related to children and youth, administers coursework in Pk-16 sustainability and environmental education, and demonstrates best practices in early childhood education. The Arlitt Child Development Center is one of the oldest laboratory preschools in the nation. Enrolled children and their families are served through Head Start and tuition fees in an inclusive and diverse early childhood program. The Child Development Center serves as a practice site for the university and broader early childhood field. Applied research is conducted by faculty, students and teachers. Faculty and staff work in synergistic partnership with the Developmental and Learning Sciences Research Lab.  


Center for Studies in Jewish Education & Culture

The Center for Studies in Jewish Education & Culture is a broadly construed academic project combining a research agenda with undergraduate- and graduate-level studies focused on questions of culture, education, and the modern Jewish experience. The research agenda seeks to advance our theoretical understandings of culture, relationship, and teacher identity and develop new models for teachers’ professional development. The center also offers rigorous courses of study including a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Education focused on developing and improving educators’ pedagogical skills and the acquisition of general content knowledge of Jewish culture and history.


Developmental & Learning Sciences Research Center

The mission of the Developmental & Learning Sciences Research Center (DLSRC) is to improve developmental and learning outcomes for children and adolescents by generating research, educational experiences, and applications using an emergent, interdisciplinary approach to understanding development and learning that includes the integration of theory and research from the fields of developmental psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and education.


Literacy Research and Innovation Center

The Literacy Research and Innovation Center (LRIC) is a research and teaching laboratory dedicated to advancing knowledge about how children learn and are instructed in literacy. A multi-disciplinary team of faculty and researchers comprise the LRIC. Our collaborative team includes individuals with specialized literacy knowledge from various fields such as literacy and second language studies, educational leadership, educational studies, special education, speech-language pathology, and design. In our center we focus on conducting and translating research into best practices for the classroom, developing innovative literacy practices, and delivering professional development programs.