Degree: BA Endorsement License
Clasroom Type: Online and on campus classes
Prepares students to become teachers in diverse elementary classrooms with a focus on social justice and equity. Graduates leave the program highly qualified and well-prepared to support and understand the full potential of their students.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
Campus: CU Denver Online
Are you enthusiastic about positively influencing young lives through teaching elementary school? This four-year, 126-credit hour undergraduate BA program prepares students to apply for a Colorado teaching license in Elementary Education, kindergarten to grade six. The program fully integrates the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement so that you will graduate with both the elementary teaching license and the added endorsement. We offer you access to top faculty, sustained mentoring and advising, highly focused teaching experience in the schools, and a strong emphasis on equity and social justice and engaging Colorado's rapidly diversifying student and family population.
At the University of Colorado Denver, you'll learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are known for innovation and research. These are your mentors! You'll be surrounded by other committed, innovative and compassionate students who crave a deeper level of preparedness—one that will allow them to give their best to every student, every day.
You may be starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or returning to the university setting after years away. Regardless, you'll join a top education school with collaborative teams of dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty who will prepare you for success in any classroom anywhere.
In this pathway you will:
Many schools promise a teacher residency with experiential learning under a teacher mentor. Few can deliver one as well-supported and prepared as ours. For more than 25 years, we have been working closely with area schools to create a proven residency program that supports your development as you work with teams of dedicated practicing teachers, teacher leaders and university faculty in the school. Further, because of our urban location and partnerships in rural Colorado across the state as well as our emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, our graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any elementary classroom, in any district. Starting in your first year, you'll be placed in a partner school. In your final year, the experience culminates in a full-time student teaching residency so that you can experience life as a teacher.
The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That's why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.
Employers understand that CU Denver graduates bring extreme value to their teams. Human resource directors, principals and superintendents tell us that CU Denver candidates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills and confidence of second- and third-year teachers.
To earn this 126 credit hour BA in Education and Human Development with a teaching license in Elementary Education and endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below. Students should declare their intent to pursue Elementary Education with their academic advisor as early as possible to avoid taking classes that do not count toward the degree or licensure.
NxtGEN partners with several school districts ((Denver Public Schools, Jeffco, Mapleton and Aurora Public Schools) and recruits, prepares and supports our next generation of diverse and talented teachers. If you have a passion for urban education and are interested in teaching early childhood, elementary or special education, then NxtGEN may be a great fit.
The program model is an intensive, well-supported four-year approach to creating exceptional educators who have in-depth knowledge, four years of context-specific practice in a district, and a commitment to the schools and children of the district they are placed in.
Benefits of four-year approach in NxtGEN:
CU Denver is committed to preparing highly effective, results-focused educators who are deeply invested in student achievement and success and will act with a sense of urgency to support equity in education for all children. Our graduates are champion educators in Colorado with advanced knowledge about state and national trends. They are intellectually equipped to make important decisions based on a thorough understanding of children’s learning, their cultural and community assets, and effective methods of teaching in urban and diverse schools.
If you are interested please apply to your chosen program through undergrad admissions, then fill out the NxtGEN application.
For additional information or help with the application process, please contact us:
Recommended Completion Time:4 years
Required Credits for Completion:126
Our program seeks individuals who wish to teach as a career. We accept applications from incoming first-year students, current students at CU Denver, students transferring from community colleges or four-year institutions, individuals who are working as paraprofessionals, assistant teachers or developmental intervention assistants.
This program has rolling admissions, applications close per semester as follows:
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