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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

Elementary Education Track - BA in Teaching, Learning and Development

Are you interested in providing an outstanding educational experience that will prepare diverse children in kindergarten through sixth grade for success in school and life? If so, apply to CU Denver’s new bachelor’s degree with a major in Teaching, Learning and Human Development, a four-year, 126-credit-hour, interdisciplinary program with a licensure track in Elementary Education.

The Teaching, Learning and Development major focuses on engaging Colorado’s rapidly diversifying student and family population. It combines cutting-edge research with real classroom experiences. You’ll learn from innovative faculty members who are locally, nationally and internationally recognized for their research in elementary education. They will provide you with a robust knowledge base and relevant learning experiences in children’s thinking, culturally responsive education, and supporting English language learners, as well as technology as it relates to teaching children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. You’ll engage in powerful classroom experiences and benefit from our rich 20-year history of partnerships that are a part of our Urban Community Teacher Education program’s network.

We will prepare you to become a highly effective, innovative and compassionate elementary teacher skilled in improving student performance and reaching the needs of today’s diverse learners in a variety of school settings. You will have the skills to be a teacher leader. CU Denver graduates often go on to acquire positions in educational leadership as their careers progress.

The program is offered in a hybrid format with both in-class and online coursework that support the needs of talented students from all backgrounds, including nontraditional and underrepresented students. We are accepting applications from incoming freshmen, current students at CU Denver, transfer students from community colleges or four-year institutions, individuals who are working as paraprofessionals, assistant teachers or developmental intervention assistants in early childhood centers or elementary schools and people who are interested in working in community-based organizations serving diverse families.

Employers understand that CU Denver graduates bring extreme value to their teams. Human resource directors, principals and superintendents tell us that CU Denver candidates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills and confidence of second- and third-year teachers.

Applications are now being accepted for spring 2014. Email for more information. We encourage students to take advantage of the scholarships and grants that are available in this major.

The Elementary Education licensure track within the BA in Teaching, Learning and Human Development is 126 credit hours and can be completed in four years with full-time enrollment. Part-time options are available.

  • Meet your BA in Teaching, Learning and Human Development advisor and start your teacher education course plan as soon as possible.
  • Complete 34 credit hours of general education core courses.
  • Complete 36 credit hours for the Teaching, Learning and Development major.
  • Complete 12 credit hours of electives.
  • Complete 44 credit hours in Elementary Education coursework.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Students who complete the articulation agreement coursework at participating community colleges can bring in 60 hours of approved coursework.
  • Apply for admittance into the elementary education licensure track.
  • Work with your advisor to make sure that you are on track to apply for graduation and apply for Colorado licensure. In order to become licensed in Colorado as an elementary teacher, students must take and pass the PLACE content examination in Elementary Education.
  • Finish your remaining teacher education courses and internships by the deadlines.
  • Satisfactorily complete your final semester coursework.
  • Complete licensing requirements before you graduate.

Link to BA in Teaching, Learning and Development academic planning sheet(s).

Immerse yourself with real work in our professional development schools. Be a part of a school community where together with students you will ask questions, observe, analyze, explain and draw meaningful conclusions.

The career paths for students who graduate from the program and who specialize in the Elementary Education track include:

  • Elementary teacher with a professional elementary education license
  • Reading and writing (literacy) teacher with a professional elementary education license
  • Elementary math/science teacher with a professional elementary education license
  • Elementary teacher/interventionist who has also earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis or endorsement in literacy/reading or culturally and linguistically diverse education

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