Programs in Elementary Education and Literacy
If you are interested in beginning a program in Elementary Education, please start by visiting our Getting Started (Undergraduate) page or our Graduate Application page (for our Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary program) and consider scheduling an appointment with a School of Education advisor today!
We offer multiple paths toward licensure in Elementary Education:
Undergraduate Licensure: Beginning Fall 2015 (for students under the 2015-2016 catalog year and later - programs for previous catalog years are still listed below), Elementary Education candidates have two different major options from which to choose (listed below). Undergraduate students will declare an approved major and complete the necessary coursework for the major and for the licensure program. These courses, along with General Studies, will equal no more than 126 credit hours. Upon successfully completing your major and licensure program, you will earn a bachelor's degree and recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education for licensure, all within the time it takes to complete a four-year degree.
Post-Baccalaureate Licensure: This path is for those who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and would like to earn their licensure in Elementary Education. The focus of your previous bachelor's degree does not matter. Post-baccalaureate students will complete the necessary content area coursework and the Teacher Licensure coursework required to be recommended for licensure. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education for licensure.
Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education: Similar to the post-baccalaureate path, this is an option for candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and who intend to earn their teaching license in Elementary Education. In addition, candidates who complete this program will also earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Make sure to meet with a MAT advisor to better understand the process of applying to the university and being accepted to the MAT program.
Undergraduate degree-seeking students under the 2015-2016 catalog year or later have the following major options for Elementary Education. Any student under an older catalog year who is interested in the Elementary Education major can have their catalog year rolled forward. Schedule an advising appointment today to discuss these programs.
|Undergraduate w/ Licensure|
Student teaching occurs in the form of an extended residency, with courses occurring in a specified Fall-Spring order, as listed below.
The following courses are only offered in Fall semesters:
- RDG 4444 (3 credits) Accountability in Whole Class Literacy
- EDU 4115 (4 credits) Residency I
The following courses are only offered in Spring semesters:
- EDU4222 (3 credits) Designing Instruction for All Learners
- EDU4225 (9 credits) Residency II
If you have questions regarding these requirements, please schedule an appointment with the Department Chair of Elementary Education and Literacy.
Undergraduate degree-seeking students under the 2014-2015 catalog year or earlier have the following major options for Elementary Education. Any student under an older catalog year who is interested in the Elementary Education major above can have their catalog year rolled forward.
|Undergraduate w/ Licensure|
|Minor-only||Elementary Education Minor (Non-licensure) (2007 to 2015)|
Post-baccalaureate students interested in earning licensure in Elementary Education have the following options available through the School of Education. today to discuss these programs.
|Master of Arts in Teaching||MAT: Elementary Education|