Elementary Education Major and Minors 2016-17

Elementary Licensure with CLD Endorsement

The Elementary Education Major prepares students to be effective K-6 educators and is aligned with the Colorado P-12 Academic Standards, the Educator Licensure Act of 1991, and the Colorado Educator Effectiveness Rubric. The depth and breadth of the Elementary Education Major curriculum is designed to prepare students to successfully teach in a Colorado standards-based classroom and offers preparation for entry into other education and job training opportunities. 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. All CLD endorsement standard requirements are met in the Education coursework.

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). 

Comprehensive Program
Elementary Education Content Core

ART 105   Introduction to Art   3 cr
COM 202   Academic Writing and Inquiry   3 cr
ECON 201   Macroeconomics   3 cr
ENG 102   Academic Writing   3 cr
ENG 205   Introduction to Creative Writing   3 cr
ENG 220   Grammar and the English Language   3 cr
ESS 353   Coordinated School Health and Activity Programs   2 cr
GEOG 120   Introduction to Human Geography   3 cr
GEOG 250   Geography of North America   3 cr
HIST 126   US History to 1865   3 cr
HIST 260   History of Latin America   3 cr
HIST 327   Colorado History   3 cr
MATH 140   College Algebra   3 cr
MATH 209   Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I   3 cr
MATH 210   Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I   3 cr
MATH 311   Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Elementary School   3 cr
MUSIC 100   Fundamentals of Music   3 cr
POLS 117   Introduction to Political Ideas   3 cr
POLS 180   Introduction to American Politics   3 cr
POLS 282   Issues in State and Local Government   3 cr
SCI 110   Habitable Planet (with Laboratories)   4 cr
SCI 111   Nature of Science   1 cr
SCI 120   Living Planet (with Laboratories)   4 cr
SCI 210   Dynamic Planet (with Laboratories)   4 cr

Elementary Education Supporting Courses

One of the following:
COM 235   Fundamentals of Acting   3 cr
COM 274   Public Relations Communication   3 cr
COM 371   Small Group and Conflict Management   3 cr
One of the following:
SPAN 101   Elementary Spanish I   3 cr
SPAN 102   Elementary Spanish II   3 cr
One of the following:
PSY 270   Developmental Psychology   3 cr
ESS 275   Motor Development and Learning   3 cr
Two of the following. One course must be at the 300 level or above:
ECON 202   Microeconomics   3 cr
ENG 250   Critical Approaches to Literature   3 cr
ENG 370   Myth and Culture   3 cr
GEOG 351   Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean   3 cr
POLS 360   American Foreign Policy   3 cr
ROE 235   Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education   3 cr
ROE 391   Experiential Education Theory and Pedagogy   3 cr
SOC 101   Introduction to Sociology   3 cr

Elementary Licensure

 Students seeking Elementary Licensure (grades K-6) must complete the interdisciplinary requirements of the Elementary Education Major, all other University requirements, and the Elementary Licensure requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Education. Students pursuing Elementary Licensure must meet all requirements for admission to the Education Program. 

Students must complete all coursework required within the academic major prior to beginning the clinical residency and complementary Education coursework, or have documented content and education advisor permission. 

The clinical residency experience begins each fall for one full year, and students may be placed in more than one K-6 classroom. Students have both in-state and out-of-state placement options. The year-long clinical residency begins on campus with an introduction to EDUC 404: Creating Positive Learning Environments. After attending the on-campus introduction to the course, students will follow the K-6 school year calendar for the school in which they are placed, not the Western academic calendar (i.e. beginning on the day the mentor teacher reports for duty, take K-6 school holidays, participate in K-6 school professional development and in-service opportunities, end the final day teachers are required to report, etc.). This schedule extends from August to early June, depending upon the individual K-6 school calendar. 

Master mentor teachers are selected carefully to ensure that Western students completing their clinical residencies have strong professional role models. The potential mentor teacher will self-assess his or her knowledge of the education standards and standard elements. Students accepting these placements are expected to successfully complete the year-long clinical residency, in order to be recommended for Initial Licensure. Students who do not successfully complete the year-long residency will be withdrawn from the Education Program and must appeal to the Selection and Retention Committee for readmission. The other education courses in the program are offered online throughout the year. The residence for Elementary Licensure must be completed in a K-6 classroom and students are expected to work cooperatively 24 hours per week with qualified mentor teachers. During this year-long clinical residency, the student is applying and extending the pedagogical knowledge that he or she is learning in the Education courses. To be recommended for an Initial Elementary License, the student resident must perform at “3, Proficiency” level in all relevant standard elements in the elementary (K-6) classroom. Student residents must demonstrate the ability to apply the standard/standard element in an elementary classroom setting, assess K-6 student learning, and evaluate their own teaching performance. The level expected of well prepared, first year teachers is “3, Proficiency.”

The Elementary Licensure Program requires 36 credits of Education coursework and the Gateway course: 

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 459   Elementary 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 University requirements, and the appropriate Secondary or K-12 Licensure requirements. The Secondary academic major may be: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, or Politics and Government. The K-12 Academic Major may be: Art, Exercise and Sport Science, Music, or Spanish. Students pursuing the Secondary or K-12 Licensure option must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Education Program. Students must complete all coursework required within the academic major prior to beginning the year of Education coursework and complementary internship, or have content advisor and Education advisor permission. Students have their Degree Works or Unofficial transcripts signed by the content advisor, indicating all coursework will be completed before Residency begins. The Secondary (with the exception of students seeking Secondary English Licensure) and K-12 Licensure Program require 27 credits of education coursework:

The clinical residency experience begins each fall for one full year, and students may be placed in more than one Secondary or K-12 classroom. Students have both in-state and out-of-state placement options. The year-long clinical residency begins on campus with an introduction to EDUC 403: Instruction and Assessment in the Content Area. After attending the on-campus introduction to the course, students will follow the Secondary or K-12 school year calendar for the school in which they are placed, not the Western academic calendar (i.e. beginning on the day the mentor teacher reports for duty, take Secondary or K-12 school holidays, participate in Secondary or K-12 school professional development and in-service opportunities, end the final day teachers are required to report, etc.). This schedule extends from August to early June, depending upon the individual Secondary or K-12 school calendar.

Master mentor teachers are selected carefully to ensure that Western students completing their clinical residencies have strong professional role models. The potential mentor teacher’s principal will assess the mentor teacher’s knowledge of the education standards and standard elements. Students accepting these placements are expected to successfully complete the year-long clinical residency, in order to be recommended for Initial Licensure. Students who do not successfully complete the year-long residency will be withdrawn from the Education Program and must appeal to the Professional Review Committee for readmission. The other education courses in the program are offered online throughout the year. The residence for Secondary or K-12 Licensure must be completed in a Secondary or K-12 classroom and students are expected to work cooperatively 24 hours per week with qualified mentor teachers. During this year-long clinical residency, the student is applying and extending the pedagogical knowledge that he or she is learning in the Education courses. To be recommended for an Initial Secondary or K-12 License, the student resident must perform at “3, Proficiency” level in all relevant standard elements in the Secondary or K-12 classroom. Student residents must demonstrate the ability to apply the standard/standard element in an elementary classroom setting, assess Secondary or K-12 student learning, and evaluate their own teaching performance. The level expected of well prepared, first year teachers is “3, Proficiency.” 

The Secondary (with the exception of students seeking Secondary English Licensure) and K-12 Licensure Program requires 30 credits of Education coursework:

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 420    Application of Classroom Strategies to Engage All Learners   3 credits
Appropriate Student Teaching Course:
EDUC 409    Secondary Student Teaching (taken twice)   1-6 cr
EDUC 410    K-12 Student Teaching 1-6 (taken twice)   3 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 (taken twice)   1-6 cr