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At the University of Arizona Douglas, you’re not only a part of the vast and celebrated Wildcat family but also a local, student-centered learning environment that is focused on your individual success.

The University of Arizona Douglas has partnered with Cochise Community College to offer high-quality bachelor's degree programs in education, humanities, and the social sciences

Connected with the needs of industry and education in Cochise County, we offer tailored programs to serve the local community and working students of all ages.

As a results-oriented, career-focused student, you will find the programs and support you need to achieve your goals, all near you at the University of Arizona Douglas.

University of Arizona Transfer Pathways What is a 2 + 2 Program?

2 Years at a Partner Community College

Complete your first two years at a partner community college and earn your associate's degree.

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2 Years at a University of Arizona Location Near You

Finish your second two years at a University of Arizona location near you and earn your bachelor's degree.

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Graduate with your Bachelor’s Degree!

Become a wildcat for life and make a difference in your community!

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Partner Community Colleges

Find Your Program

  • Elementary Education

    Bachelor of Arts

    Elementary Education

    Bachelor of Arts

    Pathways to Teaching is a new, innovative College of Education Teacher Preparation Program that seeks to “grow our own” teachers by supporting Tucson-area residents in earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement. Developed by Marcy Wood, Pathways Program Director, the program is a collaboration between the college’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies and Sunnyside, Nogales, Douglas, and Sierra Vista Unified School District. Pathways to Teaching offers students an opportunity for their community to invest in them as future educators for local schools. 

    Prior to submitting this application, you must first complete the professional admissions process to Pathways To Teaching with the College of Education. Please contact Maria Orozco at to get started.

  • Teach Arizona (grades 6-12)

    Master of Education

    Teach Arizona (grades 6-12)

    Master of Education

    Teach Arizona is designed for people who have a bachelor’s degree and would like to become high school or middle school teachers (grades 6-12) in English, science, mathematics, social studies, or world languages. Students complete the program in only ONE year and earn a master’s degree along with their teacher certification.
    You can participate in Teach Arizona from anywhere in the state, and student teach in your own hometown! The program provides the advantage of flexible remote coursework, combining online access to course materials with real-time Zoom classes. This unique format fosters direct interaction with instructors and encourages collaboration among students, creating a strong sense of community.

    Tuition expenses can be fully covered through the Arizona Teachers Academy or other university scholarships. More information about how to apply for this funding is available on our website.
    To learn more about Teach Arizona and talk to an advisor, contact Michael Lang (Teach Arizona Statewide Coordinator) at


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Student & Alumni Stories

Laura Franco

Laura Franco Government and Public Service, Bachelor of Arts

One of the most impactful experiences I had at the University of Arizona Douglas was participating in an engagement experience attending the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Capitol Forum.

Through this experience, I was able to build relationships with people from all over the world. I also had the opportunity to speak to our State Representatives and advocate for Hispanic students. HACU opened my eyes to a whole new and different world. You learn to plug-in to different resources and how to network with individuals working within the government branch. Through this engagement experience, I was able to learn more about my degree and explore the different career opportunities that I have. I learned how to properly talk to members of Congress and how to advocate for students struggling in higher education. Moreover, I learned that advocacy is about building relationships – we need to build a relationship with those who are representing us in order to be able to advocate with the confidence that they will respond positively.

The most positive result that I got from this engagement experience was that our Representatives were really interested in what we had to say. They attentively listened to our concerns because they understand the importance of Hispanic higher education and support it.

For other students contemplating an engagement experience: Please do it! You get to be exposed to a new world and you gain knowledge and experience. You also learn how to advocate for other students who do not have the opportunity to do this for themselves. I desire that you take the chance to explore beyond your horizons and find out what you are really passionate about! HACU was a life-changing experience that has prepared me to advocate for other students, specifically Hispanic students who are struggling to receive higher education.

Dorian Loreto

Dorian Loreto Psychology, Bachelor of Arts

Dorian Loreto graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies and Human Behavior.

Dorian was raised in the border town of Douglas, Arizona and continues to reside in the area. With the support of his education, he has been able to serve his community by working at a local high school as a Guidance Counselor. Having the opportunity to work with at-risk students in a rural area has enriched his passion for helping others. “Providing the youth with prospective futures can be a challenging mission, but it’s a mission worth undertaking. Guiding students does not include forcing a certain lifestyle upon them. A guidance counselor must find creative ways to shine a light on a student’s passions, hopes, and dreams. Only then will a student be able to design a tailored life plan.”

As a high-ranking institution, the University of Arizona ensures that each and every graduate is fully prepared before entering the workforce. The University of Arizona South afforded Dorian with the expertise required to deliver a high degree of professionalism. Dorian Loreto received his education without having to leave Douglas and is now helping his hometown. He is the product of a homegrown education. Dorian believes it is his duty to uplift others, and as a University of Arizona Wildcat alumni, he is devoted to applying his higher education to offer various possibilities of success to his community members.

Douglas Santiago

Douglas Santiago Administrative Justice, Bachelor of Applied Science

Douglas graduated in August of 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree with an emphasis in Administration of Justice, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Prior to attending the University of Arizona South, Douglas earned two Associate’s Degrees at Cochise College. Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice (2013) & General Studies (2007). Douglas is married and is the father of two children, ages 13 & 5. In addition, Douglas is a career employee with the State of Arizona Department of Corrections, with 19 years of experience with the agency. Douglas took classes and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in a period of three years while working full time and raising a family.

When asked why he chose the University of Arizona South to pursue his higher educational goals, Douglas’ response was: “I have strong roots in the Douglas and Sierra Vista communities. By attending the University of Arizona South and pursuing my degree in Administration of Justice, I was able to remain locally in Cochise County, not disrupt the stability of my family and children, yet at the same time, obtain a quality and accredited education which is beginning to prepare me for life after my retirement from state service, which is just around the corner.” “In addition, the learning atmosphere at the campus with the professors, their knowledge as subject matter experts in their respective fields and the overall flexibility of taking both in class and online courses, were a contributing factor as to why I chose the University of Arizona South as my higher education institution.”

Now that he has graduated, Douglas will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Political Science.

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