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Faculty

Alissa Axtell, J.D. headshot
Director of Licensure
Phone: 970.943.3092
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122
Brian Coppess, Ed.D headshot
Assistant Professor, Director of Principal Licensure
Phone: 970.943.2135
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Caroline Powders Forrest, M.Ed. headshot
Lecturer, Clinical Coach
Phone: 970.943.7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122
Brooke Hanks, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer
Phone: 970.943.2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Jeff Hulbert, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Clinical Coach
Phone: 970.943.2141
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107
George Kamberelis, Ph.D. headshot
Professor, Chairperson
Phone: 970.943.2033
Office Location: Crawford Hall 103
Jackie Luft, Ed.D. headshot
Lecturer
Phone: 970.943.7043
Office Location: Crawford Hall 110
Ian  Parker Renga, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor
Phone: 970.943.2244
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
Jennifer Whitacre, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Clinical Coach, Director of Summer Teacher Institute
Phone: 970.943.2120
Office Location: Crawford Hall 104
Cori L. Woytek, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Clinical Coach
Phone: 970.943.3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122

Courses

For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

 EDUC 600 - Foundations of Literacy Development (3 cred.)

Provide in-depth understanding of the reading acquisition process and current issues in reading research related to preliterate and emergent readers through observation and analysis of reading and written language development.

 EDUC 601 - Methods and Strategies of Effective Reading Instruction (3 cred.)

Provide in-depth understanding and application of scientifically-based methods of teaching reading comprehension vocabulary, and fluency.

 EDUC 602 - Literacy Assessment Informed Instruction (3 cred.)

Screen, diagnose, and monitor student progress in reading and writing to inform instruction and build home-school partnerships that promote reading and writing.

 EDUC 605 - Curriculum Development and Assessment (3 cred.)

Study and apply standards-based curriculum and assessment practices.

 EDUC 611 - Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Students with Support Needs (3 cred.)

Address critical issues, content, and pedagogy needed by special education professionals. Apply these theories to the daily activities of the teacher.

 EDUC 612 - Behavioral Analysis & Intervention (3 cred.)

Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to study and apply current behavioral research and school law regarding the education of students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.

 EDUC 613 - Methods and Strategies of Effective Mathematics Instruction (3 cred.)

Examine and apply research-based teaching strategies that promote mathematics learning.

 EDUC 614 - Collaborating for Students with Support Needs (3 cred.)

Use data and collaboration process to develop Individual Educational Plans, and provide support needs and technologies for students with disabilities.

 EDUC 615 - Special Education Student Teaching (3 cred.)

Work in a K-12 school setting with students with disabilities over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit.

 EDUC 616 - Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students (3 cred.)

Develop and apply understanding of language acquisition and awareness of the historical, legal, social and educational background surrounding linguistically diverse education.

 EDUC 617 - Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in the Content Area (3 cred.)

Differentiate social and cognitive academic language and use research to develop cognitive academic language for English Language Learners.

 EDUC 618 - Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching (3 cred.)

Work in a K-12 school setting with linguistically diverse students over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit.

 EDUC 620 - Engaging Diverse Learners (3 cred.)

A study and application of research-based instruction to engage diverse learners. Focus is on creating learning experiences to maximize student engagement and achievement, while evaluating and reflecting on teaching practice.

 EDUC 670 - Introduction to School Leadership (4 cred.)

Provide an overview of educational leadership principles, including theories of leadership, foundational concepts of leading a school, qualities of effective leaders, and the process of building a positive, collaborative school culture.

 EDUC 672 - Personnel Selection and Development (3 cred.)

Understand and evaluate the process of working with school-related personnel, including recruiting and hiring practices, developing meaningful induction and mentoring programs, managing teacher and staff evaluations, and providing needs-based professional development for all staff.

 EDUC 673 - School Safety and Management (3 cred.)

Identify and explore the components of school plant and safety management, including school-wide student discipline policies and practices, crisis and emergency planning and responses, and managing various funding sources associated with operating a school.

 EDUC 674 - Family and Community Involvement (3 cred.)

Investigate various strategies for building relationships with all members of the school community, including identifying and understanding diversity in the surrounding community, establishing partnerships with area businesses and organizations, and working effectively with local media outlets.

 EDUC 675 - Student Learning and Accountability (3 cred.)

Examine the responsibilities of managing curriculum, instruction, and assessment in schools, including evaluation of curriculum and instruction practices to maximize learning for all students, analysis of data from local and statewide assessments to drive instructional decisions for school improvement, and development of strategies to support a range of diverse student learning needs.

 EDUC 678 - Principal Internship I (3 cred.)

Complete a supervised internship or work full/part time as a school-based administrator. Demonstrate competency on Colorado principal licensure standards through structured, reflective tasks and leadership-based internship experiences.

 EDUC 679 - Principal Internship II (3 cred.)

Complete a supervised internship or work full/part time as a school-based administrator. Demonstrate competency on Colorado principal licensure standards through structured, reflective tasks and leadership-based internship experiences. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDUC 678 Administrator Internship I.

 EDUC 680 - Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders (4 cred.)

Examine, analyze, and synthesize research literature in relation to emerging trends in education. Explore concepts pertaining to quantitative and qualitative research methods and the synergistic relationship between research, theory, and practice. Develop problem posing/solving, information literacy, and critical thinking. Must be taken in the final year of the program.

 EDUC 681 - Instructional Program Development and Evaluation (3 cred.)

Investigate theories and trends in curriculum and instruction while understanding their relationship to student data and performance at the school and district levels. Evaluate teaching and assessment as they affect student growth. Assess best practices for developing teachers and schools to increase student learning outcomes.

 EDUC 682 - Shaping School Systems (3 cred.)

Understand the characteristics of effective organizational culture from various perspectives. Explore systemic structures and issues within a school and district. Examine and apply critical analysis and creativity related to educational group dynamics that advocate for all students, staff, and stakeholders within an educational community.

 EDUC 683 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools (3 cred.)

Explore legal and ethical issues related to equity, diversity, and accessibility in schools, including examining cases and case law affecting school-based practices, identifying the legal and ethical responsibilities of school employees, and understanding the rights and responsibilities of the members in the school community.

 EDUC 684 - Materials and Motivation for Reading (2 cred.)

Select and evaluate materials, develop independent readers, involve the community, and establish and manage the literacy environment.

 EDUC 685 - Assessing, Evaluating, and Instructing at-risk & Struggling Readers (3 cred.)

Develop in-depth understanding of scientifically based reading research and instruction for at risk and struggling readers. Provide the tools necessary to diagnose, evaluate and teach struggling readers. Assignments will include the development of intervention programs and the implementation of progress-monitoring reading assessments.

 EDUC 686 - Literacy Coaching and Mentoring (2 cred.)

Examine roles and functions of literacy coaching and mentoring to provide professional development for literacy in the school setting.

 EDUC 687 - School-Wide Comprehensive Literacy Program Development (2 cred.)

Prepare educators for school-wide comprehensive literacy program development and delivery.

 EDUC 688 - Reading Teacher Internship (3 cred.)

Complete supervised practicum(s) or internship(s) as a reading teacher at the appropriate grade level(s) for Colorado Department of Education Reading Teacher graduate endorsement. This course can be repeated twice for credit.

 EDUC 689 - READING SPECIALIST INTERNSHIP (3 cred.)

Complete supervised practicum(s) or internship(s) as a reading specialist at the appropriate grade level(s) for Colorado Department of Education Reading Specialist graduate endorsement. This course can be repeated twice for credit.

 EDUC 695 - Resource Management in Education (3 cred.)

Explore and apply the characteristics of effective school and district leadership and resource management for education-specific programs and initiatives. Identify potential funding agencies and local/state/national partnerships that could help to build resources based to meet school and district needs. Utilize the characteristics of effective grant writing for education-specific programs and initiatives.

 EDUC 696 - Engaging External Stakeholders (3 cred.)

Identify stakeholders that support the education system and develop processes for meaningful involvement in activities and decision making. Explore and apply methods for communicating to a variety of audiences. Understand the political and financial nature of community partnerships with schools and districts.

You may complete requisite online coursework for several optional added endorsements while completing any of the M.A. in Education degree programs. You may also earn these endorsements without completing all coursework for the M.A. in Education degree.

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (CLD)

The CLD endorsement will prepare you to work more effectively with diverse groups of students and their families. The clinical experience required for this endorsement can often be completed in your own school. 

Reading Teacher

The Reading Teacher endorsement will prepare you to work more effectively with students who struggle to learn how to read. This endorsement is available to currently licensed teachers with two or more years of teaching experience. Additional requirements for the Reading Teacher endorsement are available on the Colorado Department of Education’s website

Reading Specialist

The Reading Specialist endorsement will allow you to work as a literacy specialist and instructional coach in your school or district. This endorsement is offered to currently licensed teachers who have three or more years of full-time, demonstrated classroom teaching experience. Additional requirements for the Reading Specialist endorsement are available on the Colorado Department of Education’s website.

Special Education

The Special Education endorsement will help you to work more effectively with students who have Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). This endorsement is available to currently licensed teachers who would like to teach special education students. 

Administrator License

The Administrator License prepares you for a position as a district-level leader (superintendent, director of special education or director of gifted education). This license is only available to currently licensed principals.

Western is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This regional accrediting agency is responsible for accrediting degree-granting post-secondary institutions in a 19-state region.

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Graduate Program Coordinator
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Crawford Hall 111

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