School of Education Main Phone Line

(For General Inquiries and Advising Appointments):

(303) 556-6228

Department Mailing Address:

School of Education
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Campus Box 21
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

For contact details of School of Education Faculty and Staff, please visit the Faculty and Staff page.

School of Education

A Warm Welcome from the Dean

Elizabeth R. Hinde, Professor and Dean


Welcome to the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The faculty and staff of the School of Education are dedicated to preparing caring and excellent teachers and educational leaders who are decision-makers for the diverse contexts of urban classrooms, schools, and communities. We are in the business of making a positive difference in the lives of the next generations of children through excellent teaching in real classrooms in preschool through high school and beyond.

The award winning faculty in the School of Education are scholars, as well as experienced teachers of Preschool, Special Education, Elementary Education, and High School. We understand the realities, as well as the potential of today’s classrooms and schools. We know what real schools and classrooms are like, and, by virtue of our research and experience, have a clear vision for how they can be in order to sustain and revitalize our democratic society. Our mantra of “Teach, Lead, Transform” is realized through our research-based programs that prepare preschool through high school teachers at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and masters programs. We are proud of our partnerships with many school districts in the Front Range and throughout Colorado who are our collaborators and friends in providing the best preparation of teachers that is possible.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed Colorado teacher or if you are a teacher and would like to deepen your understanding and skills, I encourage you to explore our website and contact us. Our programs in early childhood education, elementary education, special education, and secondary education will help you achieve your dream of becoming someone who can make a real difference in the lives of children: a teacher. The School of Education works collaboratively across Metropolitan State University of Denver in providing the content and expertise needed in Physical Education, the Arts, and secondary content areas that lead to Colorado teacher licensure as well.

We are here to help you achieve your dreams. Please feel free to contact me, the department chairs, or any faculty and staff to find out how we can assist you.

This is simply a web welcome to the School of Education. I look forward to meeting you in person soon.

Elizabeth R. Hinde
Professor and Dean
School of Education
Metropolitan State University of Denver

"The School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver prepares people who will Teach, Lead, and Transform."

Metropolitan State University of Denver's School of Education develops excellent teachers and educational leaders who engage in reflective practice and scholarly activity, and who are ethical decision makers and agents of social change. 

We do this by:

  • Providing intellectually rigorous, culturally relevant curriculum that fosters pedagogical expertise, cultivates critical thinking, and promotes imagination;
  • Facilitating clinical placements that incorporate a diversity of perspectives and experiences;
  • Creating and sustaining mutually beneficial school and community partnerships;
  • Collaborating across disciplines to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning; and
  • Attracting and retaining innovative faculty who model expertise within their professional communities.

Statement of Assurance: MSU Denver guarantees that its teacher education graduates have successfully completed a Teacher Licensure program approved by the Colorado State Board of Education, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The Teacher Education curriculum of the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver assures that each teacher candidate has demonstrated thorough understanding of, and the ability to apply, the teaching strategies, the classroom management/school discipline methods and the measurement and evaluation tools necessary for success as a first-year licensed teacher.

In the event that the employing district of a teacher certified for licensure by MSU Denver, and appropriately placed within certification endorsement areas, finds that the teacher has displayed a lack of knowledge or competency in any of these pedagogical skills during the first year of teaching, the teacher may return to MSU Denver for up to one academic year after the problem is noted by the district, and audit the course(s) that correspond to the deficiency.  These classes will be provided at no cost to the school district or to the student.

School of Education Five-Year Strategic Plan – 2016-2021

Teach. Lead. Transform.
A Plan for Excellence in Education.

"The School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver prepares people who will Teach, Lead, and Transform."

Metropolitan State University of Denver's School of Education develops excellent teachers and educational leaders who engage in reflective practice and scholarly activity, and who are ethical decision makers and agents of social change. We do this by:

  1. Excellence:The SOE faculty, staff, and students are committed to excellence in teaching and educator preparation through data-driven decision making.
    1. SOE will be responsive to community needs by preparing excellent educators and educational leaders.
      1. Increase enrollment by at least 5% over the next five years.
      2. Increase retention by at least 5% over the next five years, bringing the rate to 81%. (Retention is defined as Fall to Fall of undergraduate degree-seeking students.)
    2. SOE will demonstrate expertise (e.g. content areas, pedagogical practices, job responsibilities).
      1. Regularly evaluate and revise curriculum to reflect current best practices and standards in each area, address state/federal requirements, and attempt to meet the educational needs of schools and children.
      2. Faculty participate in professional development activities within the faculty evaluation guidelines.
      3. Students demonstrate proficiency as defined by Colorado Department of Education approved content area assessments and/or SOE program specific outcomes.
      4. Staff participate in professional development activities associated with their job descriptions.
    3. SOE will evaluate and refine the process of providing students with high quality field placements with effective educators who demonstrate excellence in the field.
      1. Provide support to cooperating teachers (e.g. clear expectations, mentoring workshops, soliciting feedback, etc.).
      2. Routinely assess quality of field placements from various constituents (e.g. school administrators, SOE faculty and students, etc.).
      3. Examine and implement changes to improve the field placement process.
    4. SOE will provide services and resources to support all SOE students from recruitment through program completion.
      1. Examine current recruitment efforts and develop a formal recruitment plan including ongoing evaluation of effectiveness.
      2. Provide training and resources to faculty and staff to facilitate consistent support and advising for students.
    5. SOE will sustain its commitment to the Teacher Guarantee that allows graduates who have been found to lack knowledge or competency in teaching to return to the program to audit appropriate courses free of charge, as described on the SOE website.
  2. Inclusivity/Diversity: The SOE is committed to being representative and reflective of the population that it serves.
    1. SOE will demonstrate increased rates of inclusivity/diversity of our student population to represent the cultural and ethnic demographics of the communities they are being prepared to serve.
      1. Increase the percentage of students of color to 30%. (Note: As of Spring 2016, 15.9% of SOE students are Hispanic, and 24.4% are students of color.)
      2. Increase the retention rate of students of color by 5%. (Note: This matches our overall retention rate goal, so we would like to retain students of color at the same rate we retain all students.)
    2. SOE will actively recruit and work to retain faculty and staff that reflects the populations we serve.
      1. As positions are available, the SOE will seek inclusive/diverse candidate pools through targeted recruitment/job announcements.
      2. Maintain a culture of inclusive excellence among faculty and staff by conducting internal climate surveys.
    3. SOE will continually evaluate and improve academic programs and student services to ensure that students are prepared to meet the needs of the population they will serve.
      1. Develop a process to routinely evaluate the curriculum and instructional methods and identify areas to incorporate materials that reflect diverse perspectives.
      2. Increase the number of clinical experiences in diverse populations.
      3. Increase the number of service learning course options for students to work with diverse communities.
  3. Collaboration: The SOE is committed to fostering collaboration among internal and external stakeholders dedicated to excellence in teaching and educator preparation.
    1. SOE will foster and support respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with schools, districts and educational facilities.
      1. Regularly assess the value of collaboration between the schools, districts, and educational facilities and the SOE.
      2. Regularly share and retrieve data and information with stakeholders in order to inform program improvement.
      3. Engage in opportunities to collaboratively respond to school, districts, and educational facilities’ needs (i.e. professional development/services, grant writing, research, etc.).
      4. Establish an office of clinical experiences and partnerships.
    2. SOE will develop and maintain respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with professional and community non-profit and for-profit organizations that align with SOE’s mission and strategic plan.
      1. Develop a process to identify, assess, and catalog the value of relationships with various organizations.
      2. Develop a process to identify and assess the value of key sponsorship opportunities.
    3. SOE will engage in respectful and mutually beneficial collaborations with programs, departments, and units within the institution.
      1. Regularly collaborate with other units (across the school and university) concerning curriculum and advising.
      2. Seek opportunities with other units to collaborate on grants and other funding initiatives.
      3. Regularly engage in opportunities to discuss and share best practices and resources with university units regarding student success and administrative processes.

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