Education

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 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 Licensure Program. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

 EDUC 102 - ISSUES AND TRENDS IN AMER EDUC (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 316 - INTRO LANG ACQ FOR LNG DIV STU (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. Prerequisites: EDUC 000 and EDUC 102.

 EDUC 340 - APPLICATN OF PEDAGOGY PRACTICE (3 credits)

A foundation course in educational pedagogy based on current research and widely accepted teaching strategies. Includes an integrated variety of research-based approaches to teaching and learning, such as cooperative learning and differentiated instruction, which are framed within professionalism standards for teachers. A major component of the course is a rigorous and structured field experience in local schools as preparation for residency. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Licensure Program.

 EDUC 400 - FNDTNS FOR LITERACY: PHONOLOGY (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 (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 COMP VOCAB 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 - INSTRTN ASSMT 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 POS LEARNING ENVRNMTS (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 INSTR PRACTICES (3 credits)

An in-depth application of standards-based instruction and assessment practices. Students design curriculum maps and plan standards-based lessons and units for diverse student populations. Students are taught to integrate literacy, math, and technology into their standards-based instructional plans, to use assessment data to drive standards-based curriculum that measure student knowledge, understanding, and skills, and to reflect on and evaluate their own performance. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Department.

 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 - MAX LEARN-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 - TCHING 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 410 - K-12 STUDENT TEACHING (3 credits)

Student teaching in a K-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 placedon the foundations for assessing and teaching math by addressing basic skills, criticalthinking skills, conceptual understanding, real life applications, and diverse learnerneeds. Students implement and review specific assessment practices, teachingstructures, intervention strategies, and technology applications within a standardsbasedframework of instruction. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher EducationProgram.

 EDUC 417 - TEACH ASSESS WRTNG W LING DIV (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 - CLASS STRAT TO ENGAGE 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 424 - DIFF:APPLYNG LEARNR-CENT INSTR (3 credits)

This course provides participants with an understanding of the components of differentiated instruction (content, process, and product). Participants explore skills and resources needed to effectively manage a differentiated classroom and extend their learning into the application of strategies, assessments, and management systems within the context of teaching academic content. Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Department.

 EDUC 459 - ELEM CULT LING DIV STUDT TEACH (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.

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

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

You will spend your senior year interning in a K-12 classroom while  completing your Western courses online. 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.

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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 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. 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 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

 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

Zugelder, 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) 943-2030 - 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 State 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 State 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

Chris Benedetti
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Education
B.S., Florida State University; M.S., Barry University; Ph.D. in Leadership and Education, Nova Southeastern University
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Gillian Lie
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Florida State University; M.S., Florida State University
Phone:
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Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Education
Phone: 970-943-2135
Office Location: CRA-108
Clinical Coach and Lecturer of Teacher Education, Department of Education
Phone: 970-943-3092
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Brooke Hanks
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western State Colorado University; M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Phone: (970) 943-2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Jeff Hulbert
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
Assoc. V.P. for Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, 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
Phone: 970-943-7041
Office Location: CRA-110
Jennifer McCammon
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
Caroline Powders- Forrest
Lecturer and Mentor Program Coordinator, Department of Education
LLB, University of East Anglia, UK; M.Ed. University of Illinois, Urbana
Phone: (970) 943-7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Assistant Professor, Department of Education
B.A., B.S., Indiana University, M.Ed., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Phone: (970) 943-2244
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
Kim Silbaugh
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S., Drake University, M.A., Lesley University, Ph.D., Breyer State University
Phone: 970-943-2148
Office Location:
Clinical Coach & Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone: 970-943-2120
Office Location: CRA-104
Cori L. Woytek
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Mesa State College; M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Phone: (970) 943-3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108