Education

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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 340 - Application of Pedagogy and Practice (3 cred.)

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 403 - Instruction and Assessment in the Content Area (3 cred.)

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 Positive Learning Environments (3 cred.)

An investigation into the rationales and practices for developing a classroom community that is inclusive, respectful, and conducive to learning for all students. Invites nuanced consideration of diversity within school contexts and the teacher's role in nurturing positive and productive relationships with students, families, and the broader community.

 EDUC 405 - Data-Driven Instructional Practices (3 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 - Maximizing Learning Through 21st Century Skills (3 cred.)

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 409 - Secondary Student Teaching (taken twice) (3 cred.)

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. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 410 - K-12 Student Teaching (3 cred.)

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. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 EDUC 420 - Application of Classroom Strategies to Engage All Learners (3 cred.)

Study and apply effective research- based strategies for high levels of attention and engagement for all learners. Prerequisite: Admission in Teacher Education.

 EDUC 424 - Differentiation: Applying Learner-Centered Instruction (3 cred.)

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.

Faculty & Staff

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
Chrissie Nehrenberg, M.A. headshot
Director of Online Learning & Concurrent Enrollment
Phone: 970.773.0561
Office Location: Crawford Hall 111
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

Scholarships

Program-Based Scholarships

Brennecke/Elkins, Magdalene Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Students with 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 Education program
  • 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

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Magdalene Elkins, who was a 1920 graduate and lifelong friend of Western.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Education Department.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Hansen, Dr. Kenneth H. and Mary Alice Memorial Education Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • 3.0 GPA or greater
  • Preference will be given to nontraditional 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's Education faculty
  • Preference will be given to students with financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Mary Alice Hansen and her family to celebrate the memory of her late husband Kenneth

Depending on funds available

Selected by: Education faculty

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Knight, Sophie Hamrick Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • 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 is open to students in all classes and to high school graduates who may not be eligible for other scholarships awarded to top 5 percent of graduating class

Description

This scholarship is 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.

Award depends on funds available

Selected by: The Education Department.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Nylund, Jennie & Fritz Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Graduates of Nucla High School attending Western full time who intend to pursue a career in teaching
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • If no candidate from Nucle High apples, any education major is eligible

Description

This scholarship is provided by Jennie and Fritz's daughter, Betty Nylund Gibbs and her husband, Verner.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Colorado University Scholarship Committee (Director of Financial Aid).

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Randall, Edwin H. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Seniors at Western who are active members of intercollegiate sports teams who also plan to teach
  • Must demonstrate superior academic performance
  • Must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA
  • Must exhibit outstanding character and leadership abilities (both in the classroom and in the intercollegiate setting)

Description

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.

$500 per academic year.

Selected by: Western Scholarship Committee 

Application:

Nominations submitted by Western head coaches. Contact the Intercollegiate Athletics Department for additional information.

970.943.2079 | Paul Wright Gym 210

Reid, Paul and Dorothy Scholarship In Teacher Education

Eligibility

  • Full-time junior or senior at Western
  • Must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program
  • Must be an active participant in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sport
  • 3.0 GPA in the major area of study for a licensure as a teacher

Description

This scholarship is provided by Paul and Dorothy Reid.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:The Education and Athletics Departments

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Rouse, Roberta M. Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents
  • Must be a full-time student in good academic standing
  • Must be planning a career in elementary education
  • Demonstrate academic performance and financial need
  • Preference is given to students returning to college to continue their education

Description

This scholarship is provided by her children to honor their mother. Roberta Rouse met her husband, Fred, while they were attending Western. Following WWII, 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 B.A. and M.A. degrees in Elementary Education. Seven of their children also attended Western and five became school teachers.

Award depends on available funds (approximately $500).

Selected by: The Education Department.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Tredway, Dan Memorial Education Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents with preference given to Westen Slope
  • Must be a full-time senior obtaining an Education Licensure
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be a motivated individual and high achiever

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family of Dan Tredway.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Education Department in cooperation with the Director of Financial Aid.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Zugelder, Ann Award Fund

Eligibility

  • Men and women students pursuing certification in elementary education
  • Must be 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

Description

This scholarship is 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.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Education Department

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Haefeli, Delia Fay Scholarship

Eligibility

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

Description

Delia Fay Haefeli, a Colorado native who graduated from West Grand High School, in Kremmling, Colo. 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.

Award depends on funds available

Selected by: The Education Department

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

 

Barr, Robert M. and Roberta Armstrong Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Must be Colorado resident
  • Western student enrolled in at least 12 credits
  • Exhibit and document a solid history of exemplary citizenship gauged 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
  • Must certify financial need

Description

This scholarship is 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.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Education Department

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2030 | Crawford Hall 101

Birkholz, John and Rosalie Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time students with a declared or a plan to declare an Education major
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA & maintain it in order to maintain eligibility
  • Recipients will be expected to volunteer their time with the Western Foundation, to help with special projects, fundraising events, ect. as a learning experience to advance their practical education

Description

This scholarship is provided by Peter Birkholz in loving memory of John and Rosalie Birkholz.

Depending on funds available.

Selected By : Peter Birkholz in consultation with the Education faculty and the Director of Financial Aid.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2157 | Crawford Hall 103

Tutor, Dr. Charles R. Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western Undergraduate and/or graduate juniors or seniors with an Education emphasis
  • Must have at lease 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.

Institutional Scholarships

Common Scholarships

Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

Early Action Credit

If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

Neighboring States Program

Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Presidential Promise

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

Tuition Discount Programs

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Western Merit Scholarship

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

Get Involved

A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

  • Community Partnerships: Many classes involve working with children and teachers in the various schools around the Gunnison Valley.
     
  • Future Educators of America: Students in this club engage in volunteer work and professional development opportunities along with other like-minded students.
     
  • Residency Year: Students may choose to student teach in an elementary (K-6) classroom anywhere in the world.

Teacher Education programs are integrated as emphases with more than a dozen majors around campus. During their senior year, students cap their major with Education-specific courses and a yearlong residency.

For the first three years, students take courses in their major discipline. In their senior year, they’re 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 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.

 

Learn More

Reach out for more information about the program.

Barbara Woerner
Placement Coordinator, Undergraduate Program Advisor
Phone: 
Office Location: 
Crawford Hall 101

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