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The following Elementary Education courses will be offered this summer:

CourseWhen?CRNAccepted as equivalent to:
EDU 2111 - Becoming an Elementary Teacher (2 credits) 05/22-6/24
42271 EDU 3000 - Introduction to Education 
EDU 3111 - Education in Diverse Communities (3 credits)  05/22-6/24
42472  EDU 3200 - Human Diversity: Applications to Multicultural Education 
RDG 3111 - Emergent Literacy K-3 (3 credits)  6/26-7/29
42473  RDG 3110 - Foundations of Literacy Instructions in Grades P-6 

Approved Substitutions: These EDU and RDG courses are accepted as course substitutions for programs in Elementary Education and Literacy, as indicated above.  All undergraduate elementary majors and minors take EDU 3111 to meet their multicultural diversity requirement; no other multicultural or diversity courses offered at MSU Denver are accepted as substitutions. 

Formal Admission to the School of Education: All students seeking licensure must be formally admitted to the School of Education. If you have not yet applied and are intending to begin field courses in Fall 2017, please begin the process now so that you will be able to register for Fall 2017 courses that involve field experience work.

Declaring your Concentration: If you an Elementary Education MAJOR, then you select from one of five concentrations. If you have declared your major in Elementary Education, but have not yet declared your concentration, please use our Information Update form. If you have not declared your major at all yet, please download a Declaration of Major form, fill it out, and deliver it to WC 162.

Advising: Remember to meet with your Elementary Education advisor with regard to your education courses. To schedule an advising appointment and to know advisor’s schedule, please visit our Advising page.

Please note: if you are experiencing issues registering for any of these classes, please send an email to for assistance.


If you are interested in browsing our programs, learning about getting started, or scheduling an appointment with one of our advisors, please click the appropriate link below.


The Department of Elementary Education and Literacy offers programs leading to initial Colorado licensure in elementary education. ‌The licensure programs prepare teacher candidates to successfully teach our diverse elementary student population.  Consequently, teacher candidates must understand the commonalities and differences in how Elementary children develop their social-emotional and cognitive thinking so they will become successful learners. It is also important that teacher candidates understand the concepts and processes that they will teach to meet district and state learning outcomes. Therefore, MSU Denver teacher candidates take classes across the content areas.

MSU Denver’s Elementary licensure program is structured on the premise that future teachers learn best by practicing with feedback and reflection.  As a result, our licensure program requires multiple field experiences prior to the final full semester of student teaching.  Teacher candidates are placed in Elementary schools in the Denver metro area and are required to practice, plan and teach lessons which correspond to their concurrent methods classes.  Professors of the classes observe and give constructive feedback to help the licensure candidates further develop the skills and knowledge needed to become successful teachers.  Licensure candidates are monitored throughout the program to verify that expectations for licensure standards are being met. 

There are several options for students seeking to earn an elementary teaching license at MSU Denver. In our undergraduate program, teacher candidates select one of the two acceptable majors for the program. The major choices are as follows:

  • Elementary Education
  • Human Development

Post-baccalaureate teacher candidates complete the licensure portion of the program only. Our Master of Arts in Teaching allows teacher candidates to earn both their licensure and a master’s degree simultaneously.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (303) 556-6228 with questions about becoming a teacher and to make advising appointments.  We look forward to meeting you!

Visit our Programs page for more information on our individual program offerings, and visit our Faculty page to learn more about our instructors.

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(303) 556-6228

Advising Appointments:
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(303) 556-5353

West Classroom 132, 136, 162

School of Education
MSU Denver
Campus Box 21
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362


To contact the Alternative Licensure Program:

(303) 721-1313