Are you passionate about working with young children, grades kindergarten through 6th grade? Do you want to help shape the minds of the next generation? Then this program could be the path for you.
CU Denver offers multiple options for students interested in becoming Elementary Education teachers. One such option is the joint teacher education program between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Development. This program recognizes that preparing Elementary Education teachers is a highly collaborative process. Students in this degree plan will pursue the Individually Structured Major for Elementary Education, housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students will structure their major around the content departments of English, History, Math and Science. The degree plan provides you with both content and education theory needed to be a successful teacher in K-6 education. This major also prepares you for the Praxis II and PLACE Subject Assessment exams, required for the program. In your final fourth year, you will immediately begin "living the life of a teacher" as you become a vital member of the teaching staff at one of our metro area urban professional development schools . While working as a teacher candidate intern, you will also take teacher education classes here at CU Denver, providing you the opportunity to apply what you learn in your internship classroom.
Our Teacher Education program is nationally recognized for having one of the most innovative, collaborative teacher preparation models where top faculty work side by side with experienced K-12 partner educators to prepare you to have a profound impact on the lives of students in our most urban and diverse schools. In fact, our candidates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills, and confidence of 2nd and 3rd year teachers!