Teacher Licensure Areas

Elementary Licensure

A student seeking licensure as an elementary teacher (grades K-6) will complete the Elementary Education major, all other college requirements, and the Elementary Licensure requirements. Students must complete all required coursework within the academic major prior to beginning the Residency year or have documented content and education advisor permission.

In addition to a Colorado Initial Elementary Education License, students completing the Elementary Education Major will be eligible to earn an added endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education. 

The Elementary Education Major requires students to complete all requirements of the Licensure Program, including 36 credits of Education (EDUC) coursework. The major requires students to successfully complete 87 credits of interdisciplinary content coursework, which includes the University’s General Education requirements (nine credits  of essential skills and 26 credits of Liberal Arts coursework). 

Elementary Licensure Courses

EDUC 000 Education Gateway Course…………………………………….0 cr 
EDUC 102 Issues and Trends in American Education……….………..….... 3 cr 
EDUC 316 Introduction to Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students…… 3 cr 
EDUC 340 Brain-based learning Motivation and Achievement...…………... 3 cr 
EDUC 400 Foundations of Literacy: Phonology and Linguistics………...… 3 cr 
EDUC 401 Assessment for Prevention and Intervention………………….. 3 cr
EDUC 402 Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Fluency…………… 3 cr 
EDUC 404 Creating Positive Learning Environments……………………... 3 cr 
EDUC 405 Data-driven Instructional Practices…………………..………... 3 cr 
EDUC 413 Mathematical Investigations……………………………...……. 3 cr 
EDUC 417 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the Linguistically Diverse Student in Mind 3 cr 
EDUC 459Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching (taken twice) 3 cr 

Secondary and K-12 Licensure

A student seeking licensure as a secondary teacher (grades 7-12) or K-12 teacher must complete an appropriate academic major, all other college requirements, and the Secondary/K-12 Licensure requirements. The secondary academic major may be: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, Politics and Government, History, or Mathematics. The K-12 academic major may be: Art, Exercise and Sport Science, Music, or Spanish. Students must complete all coursework required within the academic major prior to beginning the Residency or have content advisor and education advisor permission.  

The Secondary (with the exception of students seeking Secondary English Licensure) and K-12 Licensure Program require 27 credits of education coursework:

Secondary and K-12 Licensure Courses

EDUC 000  Education Gateway Course 0 cr
EDUC 340  Brain-Based Learning Motivation and Achievement 3 cr
EDUC 403  Instruction and Assessment in the Content Area 3 cr
EDUC 404  Creating Positive Learning Environments 3 cr
EDUC 405  Data-driven Instructional Practices 3 cr
EDUC 406  Content Area Literacy 3 cr
EDUC 407  Maximizing Learning Through 21st Century Skills 3 cr
EDUC 408  Teaching Writing with the Brain in Mind 3 cr
EDUC 420  Application of Classroom Strategies to Engage All Learners 3 credits
Appropriate Student Teaching Course:
EDUC 409  Secondary Student Teaching 1-6 cr
EDUC 410  K-12 Student Teaching 1-6 cr

Secondary English Licensure Courses

The Secondary English Licensure Program requires 30 credits of education course work:
EDUC 000  Education Gateway Course 0 cr
EDUC 340  Brain-based Learning Motivation and Achievement 3 cr
EDUC 401  Assessment for Prevention and Intervention 3 cr
EDUC 402  Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency 3 cr
EDUC 403 Instruction and Assessment in the Content Area 3 cr
EDUC 404  Creating Positive Learning Environments 3 cr
EDUC 405  Data-driven Instructional Practices 3 cr
EDUC 407  Maximizing Learning Through 21st Century Skills 3 cr
EDUC 408  Teaching Writing with the Brain in Mind 3 cr
EDUC 409  Secondary Student Teaching 1-6 cr