Bachelor of Arts
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 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.
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:
- Teachers in international schools
- Online teachers
- Outdoor educators
- Literacy coaches
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