Education

Western's Education Department serves up cutting-edge ideas in teaching, offering a dynamic curriculum, innovative instructional strategies and a dedicated faculty team, focused on student needs.

​You'll learn firsthand about teaching by working in schools with children, teachers, administrators and parents, while taking coursework online. This residency model of clinical preparation, unlike traditional student teaching, immerses Western students in a yearlong teaching experience, helping them learn what is currently happening in education.

While completing their Residency, students have a network of support, receiving continuous feedback from their mentor teacher, regional coordinator and their instructor.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

Western’s Education department trains you to become an effective teacher with a variety of strategies, tools and skills to connect with your students and raise achievement.

Western students employ a variety of best practices, from explicit instruction to active engagement, differentiation and research-based strategies. This couples them with 21st century skills to facilitate learning in their classrooms. The Education faculty encourages collaboration and relationship building, both in- and outside the classroom.

School leadership is a keystone in Western’s Education department. Students graduate to become leaders in their field, changing the lives of children, fellow educators and parents.

Beyond the Classroom

Each student in Education experiences a year-long residency with a master mentor teacher. During this Residency, students join in their resident-school activities, faculty meetings, conferences, intervention meetings and events.

The Education Department also encourages students to get involved in the field of education outside of the program. Students can attend state and national conferences, engage in local policy and reform discussions, apply for awards, and serve on education-related committees.

After Graduation

Many of our graduates take jobs in the schools where they intern and obtain positions as:

  • K-12 teachers.
  • Special-education teachers.
  • Coaches.
  • Tutors.
  • Teachers in international schools.
  • Math specialists.
  • Reading specialists.
  • Online teachers.
  • Outdoor educators.
  • Literacy coaches.
  • Induction/mentor coordinators.
  • Professional development coordinators and trainers.
  • Faculty in higher education.

In addition, many students continue to graduate school, completing programs in special education, school counseling, curriculum and instruction, teacher leadership and administration.

Courses

 EDUC 0 - EDUCATION GATEWAY COURSE (0 credits)

Students explore the professional opportunities and practices of the teaching discipline. Designed to provide participants a variety of designated experiences with K-12 students so they are able to make informed decisions about becoming teachers. Students facilitate field experiences with school-age students both at the elementary and secondary levels. Students attend two one-hour long seminars and participate in 10 hours of subsequent field experiences. This course is required for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

 EDUC 102 - ISSUES AND TRENDS IN AMERICAN EDUCATION (3 credits)

An introduction to the philosophical and historical foundations of American public education, as well as current conceptions of and issues facing the teaching profession. Students reflect upon their own experiences in K-12 schools, explore current trends in teaching and learning, and investigate socio-political and economic issues facing 21st Century American education.

 EDUC 197 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-6 credits)

 EDUC 297 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-6 credits)

 EDUC 316 - INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE ACQUISITION FOR LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS (3 credits)

An introduction to theory and understanding of first and second language acquisition for teaching K-12 students from linguistically diverse cultures and backgrounds. Students develop an awareness of the historical, legal, social and educational background surrounding linguistically diverse education. The primary focus is on research based oral language assessment and development to provide meaningful instruction. Methods include those appropriate for the beginning English language learner, as well as those at other levels on the language acquisition continuum. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 340 - BRAIN BASED LEARNING MOTIVATION ACHIEVEMENT (3 credits)

A foundation course in key aspects of schooling such as legal, assessment, diverse student needs, current brain research, and literacy. A practical application of cognitive processes and brain research is used. Course includes an integrated variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including cooperative learning, differentiated instruction, research-based strategies, skills for success in writing, technology integration, structuring schools and learning to ensure accountability for results. Prerequisite: passing scores on Basic Skills Competency Exam in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing; completion of EDUC 000, including ten hours of field experiences; no more than two semesters prior to internship.

 EDUC 392 - Independent Study (1-3 credits)

A course for qualified, upper-level students with specialized interests in a particular area of advanced study in Teacher Education. 

 EDUC 392 - INDEPENDENT STUDY ( 1-3 credits)

A course for qualified, upper-level students with specialized interests in a particular area of advanced study in Teacher Education.

 EDUC 397 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-6 credits)

 EDUC 400 - FOUNDATIONS FOR LITERACY: PHONOLOGY AND LINGUISTICS (3 credits)

A study and application of scientifically-based methods of teaching and reinforcing fundamental reading skills. Cognitive processes of literacy, including phonology, morphology, orthography and etymology. Focus placed on English language structure as it affects decoding and encoding. Additionally, methods for diverse groups of students, including students with disabilities, students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and high-achieving students are covered. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 401 - ASSESSMENT FOR PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (3 credits)

This is an in-depth application of assessment techniques and instruments in coordination with state standards, No Child Left Behind and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2004. Includes standardized testing and knowledge of literacy including five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Analysis of data to design and monitor instruction and intervention for universal, targeted, and intensive needs of diverse groups of students, including students with disabilities, students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and high-achieving students. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 402 - READING COMPREHENSION, VOCABULARY, AND FLUENCY (3 credits)

A study and application of scientifically-based methods of teaching and reinforcing reading comprehension, vocabulary fluency, oral and written language skills. Cognitive processes of literacy, including phonology, morphology, orthography, etymology, semantics, syntax, discourse, pragmatics and English language structure as it affects meaning. Additionally, methods for diverse groups of students, including students with disabilities, students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and high-achieving students are covered. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 403 - INSTRUCTION ASSESSMENT IN CONTENT AREA (3 credits)

An introduction to the concepts, methods, techniques, and assessment practices used to effectively teach secondary and K-12 students. Emphasis is placed on structures for lesson and unit planning, implementation of the Colorado State Standards, literacy and math integration, research based instructional strategies, content specific technologies, and management techniques. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 404 - CREATING POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS (3 credits)

A foundation course to prepare students to create appropriate learning environments both inside and outside the classroom. Students learn effective lesson planning, classroom management, medical protocol and sound legal disciplinary practices that are characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time. The students learn to perpetuate the democratic system by understanding the relationships among the various governmental entities that create laws, rules, regulations and policies. Students apply educational practices to ensure safe and orderly schools. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 405 - DATA DRIVEN INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES (3 credits)

An in-depth application of standards based instruction and assessment practices. Students design curriculum maps and plan short and long range standards-based lessons and units for diverse student populations based on their respective content areas. Students are taught to integrate literacy, math, and technology into their standards-based instructional plans encompasses the development and utilization of various types of curriculum based measures both formal and informal in order to accurately document and report ongoing student achievement. Students learn to use assessment data to drive standards-based curriculum that measure student knowledge, understanding, and skills. Technology is utilized to manage and communicate assessment results and their implications to students, parents, professionals, administrators and the community. At the end of this course, students reflect and evaluate their own performance, and articulate that teaching is a worthy career.

 EDUC 406 - CONTENT AREA LITERACY (3 credits)

An application of current research on brain based learning, reading and writing and its integration in the content area. Students implement the essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, motivation, and engagement within the content area. In addition, there is a focus on content area study and test taking skills. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 407 - MAXIMIZING LEARNING THROUGH 21ST CENTURY SKILLS (3 credits)

Foster a deeper understanding of the 21st Century environment schools need to cultivate in order to maximize learning. This course prepares teachers to create technology-rich learning environments that enhance student growth and achievement. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 408 - TEACHING WRITING WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND (3 credits)

An in-depth application of cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning. Within the context of writing assessment and instruction, students learn to pay attention to these learning processes so that their own classroom students can master content standards. Students learn to employ a wide range of teaching techniques to match the intellectual, emotional and social level of each classroom student and choose alternative teaching strategies, materials and technologies to achieve different curricular purposes. Students apply expert content knowledge to enrich and extend student learning and to recognize educational diversity and the effects on student learning in order to develop and apply individual educational plans. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 409 - SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING (3 credits)

Student teaching in a 7-12 school setting on the average of 24 hours per week, over the course of the academic year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course must be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 413 - MATHEMATICAL INVESTIGATIONS (3 credits)

An application of the research-based practices for instruction in math. Focus is placed on the foundations for assessing and teaching math by addressing basic skills, critical thinking skills, conceptual understanding, real life applications, and diverse learner needs. Students implement and review specific assessment practices, teaching structures, intervention strategies, and technology applications within a standards- based framework of instruction. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Department.

 EDUC 417 - TEACHING ASSESSING WRITING WITH THE LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENT IN MIND (3 credits)

A comprehensive study of theory and understanding of first and second language acquisition for teaching K-12 students from linguistically diverse cultures and backgrounds. Students develop an awareness of the historical, legal, social and educational background surrounding linguistically diverse education. The primary focus is on research based oral language assessment and development to provide meaningful instruction. Methods include those appropriate for the beginning English language learner as well as those at other levels on the language acquisition continuum. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 420 - APPLICATION OF CLASSROOM STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE ALL LEARNERS (3 credits)

Study and apply effective research- based strategies for high levels of attention and engagement for all learners. Prerequisite: Admission in Teacher Education.

 EDUC 459 - ELEMENTARY CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENT TEACHING (3 credits)

Student teaching in an elementary school setting, with special attention given to work with linguistically diverse students. The student teaching experience averages 24 hours per week over the course of the academic year and is supervised by a mentor teacher. May repeat twice for credit. Prerequisite: admission to licensure program.

 EDUC 492 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 credits)

A course for qualified, upper-level students with specialized interests in a particular area of advanced study in Teacher Education.

 EDUC 493 - RESEARCH PROBLEMS -Education (1-4 credits)

 EDUC 497 - SPECIAL TOPICS ( 1-6 credits)

Special topics

 EDUC 597 - SPECIAL TOPICS ( 1-6 credits)

Special topics

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Brennecke/Elkins, Magdalene Scholarship

Brennecke/Elkins, Magdalene Scholarship is Available to:

Junior standing or above at the end of the term in which he/she applies; must plan to teach at either elementary or secondary level; must be fully admitted to the School of Education; must have a 3.0 GPA in education and overall; must have demonstrated personal characteristics which would predict success as a teacher. Financial need will be considered.

Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends of Magdalene Elkins, who was a 1920 graduate and life-long friend of Western State Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Education Department.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Education Program at www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Hansen, Dr. Kenneth H. Memorial Education Scholarship

Hansen, Dr. Kenneth H. Memorial Education Scholarship is Available to:

Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and a non-traditional student as defined by the WIT Program (either starting or resuming their education). Must be studying in Western's Education Program with plans to become a teacher. Must demonstrate appropriate abilities, skills and promise as observed by Western Education Faculty. Preference shall be given to students with financial need.

Education Scholarship Provided by:

Mary Alice Hansen and her family to celebrate the memory of her late husband Kenneth.

Amount: Depending on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Education Faculty.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Education Program at www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Knight, Sophie Hamrick Memorial Scholarship

Knight, Sophie Hamrick Memorial Scholarship is Available to:

Western students who have established financial need and a positive attitude; must demonstrate interest and potential in becoming a teacher. Preference will be given to freshmen, but open to students in all classes and to high school graduates who may not be eligible for other scholarships awarded to top 5% of graduating class.

Education Scholarship Provided by:

Her son, V. Robert Kerr, to perpetuate the memory of Sophie Simpson Knight, an outstanding example of academic achievement, citizenship, and an exemplar of courage and dedication in the pursuit of education and knowledge. Mrs. Knight's association with Western began in 1944 and continued for more than 20 years, graduating with an A.B. and a Life Certificate in 1957 at the age of 64.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Education Department.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Education Program at www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Nylund, Jennie & Fritz Memorial Scholarship

Nylund, Jennie & Fritz Memorial Scholarship is Available to:

Graduates of Nucla High School attending Western State Colorado University full time who intend to pursue a career in teaching. Maintain academic eligibility with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. If no candidate from Nucla High applies, any education major is eligible.

Education Scholarship Provided by:

Jennie and Fritz's daughter, Betty Nylund Gibbs and her husband, Verner.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Scholarship Committee (Director of Financial Aid).

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Education Program at www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Randall, Edwin H. Memorial Scholarship

Randall, Edwin H. Memorial Scholarship is Available to:

Seniors at Western State Colorado University who are active members of intercollegiate sports teams, who plan to teach. Must demonstrate superior academic performance; must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. Must exhibit, in the classroom and in the Intercollegiate Athletics arena, outstanding character and leadership abilities.

Education/Athletics Scholarship Provided by:

Established to honor the memory of Western Professor, Ed "Doc" Randall. Dr. Randall placed great value in both academics and Intercollegiate Athletics. This award was conceived to reward a student-Intercollegiate Athletics who has made admirable progress in teaching or coaching fields.

Amount: $500 per academic year.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Scholarship Committee (VP Public and Student Affairs).

Application: Nominations submitted by Western head coaches. Contact the Intercollegiate Athletics Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

Find out more about Western's Athletics Program at www.western.edu/athletics

Find out more about Western's Education Program at www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Randall, Edwin H. Memorial Scholarship

Randall, Edwin H. Memorial Scholarship is Available to:

Seniors at Western State Colorado University who are active members of intercollegiate sports teams, who plan to teach. Must demonstrate superior academic performance; must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. Must exhibit, in the classroom and in the Intercollegiate Athletics arena, outstanding character and leadership abilities.

Education/Athletics Scholarship Provided by:

Established to honor the memory of Western Professor, Ed "Doc" Randall. Dr. Randall placed great value in both academics and Intercollegiate Athletics. This award was conceived to reward a student-Intercollegiate Athletics who has made admirable progress in teaching or coaching fields.

Amount: $500 per academic year.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Scholarship Committee (VP Public and Student Affairs).

Application: Nominations submitted by Western head coaches. Contact the Intercollegiate Athletics Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

Find out more about Western's Athletics Program at www.western.edu/athletics

Find out more about Western's Education Program at www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Reid, Paul and Dorothy Scholarship In Teacher Education

Reid, Paul and Dorothy Scholarship In Teacher Education is Available to:

Must be a full-time Junior or Senior at Western State Colorado University; fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the time of selection as recipient. Must be an active participant in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sport and have a 3.0 GPA in the major area of study for a licensure as a teacher.

Teacher Education Scholarship Provided by:

Paul and Dorothy Reid.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University 's Teacher Education and Athletic Departments.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Teacher Education Program at http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

Find out more about Western's Athletic Program at www.western.edu/athletics

 Reid, Paul and Dorothy Scholarship In Teacher Education

Reid, Paul and Dorothy Scholarship In Teacher Education is Available to:

Must be a full-time Junior or Senior at Western State Colorado University; fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the time of selection as recipient. Must be an active participant in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sport and have a 3.0 GPA in the major area of study for a licensure as a teacher.

Teacher Education Scholarship Provided by:

Paul and Dorothy Reid.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University 's Teacher Education and Athletic Departments.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Teacher Education Program at http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

Find out more about Western's Athletic Program at www.western.edu/athletics

 Rouse, Roberta M. Scholarship

Rouse, Roberta M. Scholarship is Available to:

Colorado residents. Must be a full-time student in good academic standing; must be planning a career in elementary education; demonstrated academic performance and financial need. Preference is given to students returning to college to continue their education.

Elementary Education Scholarship Provided by:

Her children to honor their mother. Roberta Rouse met her husband, Fred, while they were attending Western State Colorado University. Following WW II, they returned to Western where Roberta supported her husband as he completed his education and began his career as an educator. After the birth of their last of nine children, Roberta returned to complete her BA and MA degrees in elementary education. Seven of their children also attended Western State Colorado University and five of the children became school teachers.

Amount: Award depends on available funds (approximately $500).

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Education Department.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Education Program at www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Tredway, Dan Memorial Education Scholarship

Tredway, Dan Memorial Education Scholarship is Available to:

Colorado residents with preference given to Western Slope. Must be a full-time senior, obtaining an Education Licensure. Must demonstrate financial need and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Must be a motivated individual and high achiever.

Education Scholarship Provided by:

The family of Dan Tredway.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

The Western State Education Department in cooperation with the Western Director of Financial Aid.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Education Department at http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Zugelder, Ann Award Fund

Zugeleder, Ann Award Fund is Available to:

Men and women students at Western State Colorado University pursuing certification in elementary education; must be a full-time sophomore or junior at time of selection, or junior or senior at time award is given; must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Must exhibit high standards of scholarship, leadership and citizenship and above average communicative skills.

Elementary Education Award Provided by:

Ann Zugelder, one of Gunnison's most distinguished citizens. She was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years, maintaining her interest and support of elementary education after her retirement in 1967.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Education Department.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Find out more about Western's Education Program at http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Education
B.S., Florida State University; M.S., Barry University; PhD in Leadership and Education, Nova Southeastern University
Phone: (970) 943-2135
Office Location: Crawford Hall 110
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Phone: (970) 943-2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Washington University, B.S., Central Washington University, M.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
Phone: 970-943-2141
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107
Chair, Associate Professor of Education
B.Ed., University of Sussex, England; M.Ed., Lesley University; Ed.D. California Coast University
Phone: 970-943-2033
Office Location: Crawford Hall 103
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Florida State University; M.S., Florida State University
Phone: (970) 943-7041
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Assessment & Accreditation Coordinator
Phone: 970.943.7041
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., M.A., Ed.D., University of Nothern Colorado
Phone: (970) 943-2030
Office Location: Off Campus
Director of Online Learning & Concurrent Enrollment
Phone: 970.773.0561
Office Location: Crawford Hall 111
Lecturer, Department of Education
LLB, University of East Anglia, UK; M.Ed. University of Illinois, Urbana
Phone: (970) 943-7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S., Drake University, M.A., Lesley University, Ph.D., Breyer State University
Phone: 970-943-2148
Office Location:
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Central State University, M.Ed., Lesley University
Phone: (970) 943-2081
Office Location: Crawford 106
Lecturer and Mentor Program Coordinator, Department of Education
B.A., Mesa State College; M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Phone: (970) 943-3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108