Education

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Bachelor of Arts
Education Department
 

Teacher Education students earn a degree in the content area of their choice and are well-prepared to be outstanding K-12 educators who inspire future generations

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Teacher Education curriculum gives students a quality education in a specific subject area followed by a yearlong residency where they teach in a K-12 or Secondary (7-12) classroom. There they apply their subject knowledge while taking education-specific courses on how to teach it well. By immersing in a major followed by Education-specific coursework and residency, students develop a critical knowledge base first, then research and reflect upon the implications of best teaching practices, including collaboration and relationship-building that extend well beyond traditional goals of individual achievement.

THE PROGRAM

The Teacher Education programs are integrated as emphases with more than a dozen majors around campus and then capped with Education-specific courses during the student’s senior year. Students pursuing K-12 licensure can choose to major in either Art, Music, Spanish or Exercise & Sport Science. Students pursuing Secondary licensure can choose to major in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, Mathematics or Politics & Government. Students pursuing an Elementary (K-6) licensure enroll in the Elementary Education major. For the first three years, students take courses in one of the above content areas. In their senior year, they are matched with a mentor teacher to complete a clinical residency in the location of their choice. Students attend a summer session, after they finish their major to prepare for the residency, and they complete their Education-specific coursework online while they are student teaching. After completing their major, Education-specific coursework and their residency year, students will graduate with a degree in their chosen field and a recommendation for licensure from the Colorado Department of Education. 

CAREERS

Education graduates are set to become teachers, but there are many different types of teaching positions and pathways to landing a job that fits. Many undergraduates choose to continue to earn their master’s degree, which opens up the possibility of higher wages, specialty licensures and administrative and district-level jobs later in their career. In addition to being a classroom teacher, the following positions may be open to graduates:

  • Coaches
  • Tutors
  • Teachers in international schools
  • Online teachers
  • Outdoor educators
  • Literacy coaches

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Opportunities

MAJOR OPTIONS

K-12 LICENSURE

  • Art
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Exercise & Sport Science (PE)

SECONDARY (7-12) EDUCATION

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Politics & Government

ELEMENTARY LICENSURE

  • Elementary Education with an emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education.

Profiles

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“Western’s position as Director of Educator Licensing provided me with the opportunity to not only combine policy and experience but also to help prepare the next generation of influential educators."
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Gaye Jenkins served Western as Associate V.P. for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies from March 1, 2014- June 30, 2018.

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. To find scholarships based on year of study (e.g. - Freshmen Scholarships), please see the navigation to the left.

 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 Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western 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. and Mary Alice Memorial Education Scholarship

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

Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Preference will be given to non-traditional students. 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) 943-2030 - Crawford Hall 101

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Colorado University and five of the children became school teachers.

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

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western 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

Zugelder, Ann Award Fund is Available to:

Men and women students at Western 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 Colorado University Education Department.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  (970) 943-2030 - Crawford Hall 101

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

 Haefeli, Delia Fay Scholarship

Haefeli, Delia Fay Scholarship is Available to:

Western female Education students majoring in K-12 Teacher Education who have a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate past and present involvement in community service. Applicants must have graduated from a Colorado Western Slope high school, and be a first-generation student of a college, university, or post-secondary education.

Education Scholarship Provided by:

Delia Fay Haefeli, a Colorado native who graduated from West Grand High School, in Kremmling, CO. She graduated from Western in 1985 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She received her Master's degree from UNC. She was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. Delia has taught elementary and middle school for 33 years and is an ardent Boston Red Sox fan.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Colorado University Education Department.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2030 - Crawford Hall 101

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

 Barr, Robert M. and Roberta Armstrong Scholarship

Barr, Robert M. and Roberta Armstrong Scholarship is Available to:

Must be a Colorado Resident, a Western student enrolled at  in at least 12 credits, exhibit and document a solid history of exemplary citizenship gaged by involvement in the community, through civic engagement, service learning projects, etc. Prove commitment to teaching and academic excellence, while continuing to hold the aforementioned values throughout the term of the scholarship. Certify financial need.

Education Scholarship Provided by:

Mrs. Roberta Barr established this scholarship to help potential teachers gain the education they need to be successful. Mrs. Barr was an educator, over several decades, and understood the importance of well-trained, dedicated teachers. As an alumnus of Western, she was committed to providing scholarships to students who have demonstrated capability, promise, community involvement, and financial need.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Colorado University Education Department.

Application: Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2030 - Crawford Hall 101

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

 Birkholz, John and Rosalie Scholarship

John and Rosalie Birkholz Scholarship Available to:

Full-time students with a declared or a plan to declare an Education major. Must have a 2.75 GPA and maintain it, in order for continued eligibility. Recipients will be expected to volunteer their time with Western State Foundation, to help with special projects, fundraising events, etc., as a learning experience to advance their practical education.

Scholarship Provided by:

Peter Birkholz in loving memory of John and Rosalie Birkholz.

Amount:

Depending on funds available.

Scholarship Selected by:

Peter Birkholz in consultation with Western Education Faculty and the 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 http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate/education

 Tutor, Dr. Charles R. Scholarship

Tutor, Dr. Charles R. Scholarship  

Available to:

Fulltime Western undergraduate (and/or graduate) Juniors or Seniors with an Education emphasis, who have a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to Seniors and to those of underrepresented populations. Selections are based on financial need.

Application:

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

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

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Director of Licensure
B.A., University of Puget Sound, International Political Economy, M.A., Columbia University, Teachers College, Educational Leadership, J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Phone: 970.943.3092
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122
Gillian Benedetti, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S., Florida State University, M.S., Florida State University
Phone:
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Brian Coppess, Ed.D headshot
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Education
Phone: 970.943.2135
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Brooke Hanks, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Phone: 970.943.2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Jeff Hulbert, M.S. headshot
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
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Lecturer
B.Ed., University of Sussex, England; M.Ed., Lesley University; Ed.D. California Coast University
Phone:
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Education Dept. Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Education and Psychology, M.S., University of Michigan, Psychology, M.A., University of Chicago, Religious Studies (Literature and Religion Focus), Interdisciplinary Program in Language and Cognition, Northwestern University, B.A., Bates College, Philosophy and Religion
Phone: 970.943.2033
Office Location: Crawford Hall 103
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Lecturer
Phone: 970.943.7041
Office Location: Crawford Hall 110
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Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., University of Nothern Colorado, M.A., University of Nothern Colorado, Ed.D., University of Nothern Colorado
Phone:
Office Location:
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Director of Online Learning & Concurrent Enrollment
M.A., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, English/Language Arts Teaching Education
Phone: 970.773.0561
Office Location: Crawford Hall 111
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Lecturer and Mentor Program Coordinator, Department of Education
LL.B., University of East Anglia, UK, M.Ed., University of Illinois, Urbana
Phone: 970.943.7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
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Assistant Professor, Department of Education
B.A., Indiana University, B.S., Indiana University, M.Ed., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Phone: 970.943.2244
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
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Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S., Drake University, M.A., Lesley University, Ph.D., Breyer State University
Phone:
Office Location:
Jennifer Whitacre, M.S. headshot
Clinical Coach & Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone: 970.943.2120
Office Location: Crawford Hall 104
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Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Mesa State College, M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Phone: 970.943.3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122