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The Education and Human Development (EDHD) 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 early childhood education. They will provide you with a robust knowledge base and relevant learning experiences focused on children’s thinking, culturally responsive education, and supporting English language learners. Further, you will learn how to use a range of technology tools you can use in your work with students. You'll engage in powerful classroom experiences and benefit from our rich 20-year history of partnerships with local school districts.
As an Elementary Education teaching candidate, we will prepare you to become a highly effective, innovative, and compassionate teacher skilled in improving student performance and meeting the needs of today's diverse learners in a variety of settings. When you graduate, you will have the skills it takes to be a teacher leader. In fact, CU Denver graduates often go on to acquire positions in educational leadership as their careers progress.
When you enroll as a student in The Partnership for Rural Educator Preparation (T-PREP) at Otero College in La Junta, you will benefit from a highly supportive program with a strong rural focus. T-PREP at Otero College students complete the first half of their program at Otero and earn an Associate of Arts degree. Previous credits earned from other institutions are accepted. Then, you transfer as a T-PREP CU Denver student and take the remaining classes you need to earn a bachelor’s degree and an Elementary Education teaching license. During your time as a CU Denver student, you will enroll in classes that are (a) taught face-to-face in classes taught by CU Denver instructors on the Otero campus in La Junta; (b) in boundary-less classrooms using video conferencing technology with other T-PREP students throughout Colorado; or (c) online. Further, all your fieldwork experiences take place in the La Junta region, which eliminates the need to travel to Denver. Finally, all advising and a wide range of supports are provided during all four years of your program, whether you are enrolled as a student at Otero College or CU Denver.
- This is an on-campus program in La Junta with a variety of delivery options for many of our courses including hybrid, evening, weekend, and online courses.
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Undergraduate Core Curriculum
- School of Education & Human Development Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum total of 126 semester hours for the EDHD Elementary Education Track.
- Students must pass the appropriate Praxis Exam prior to beginning their final semester of their Professional Year. It is recommended students complete the exam in the year prior to their Professional Year.
- Application to the last year of the program, the Professional Year Residency is required. After successfully completing all other Core, major, and elective courses, all students must apply for admission into the Professional Year. Requirements for admission include a 3.0 GPA, positive letters of recommendation, successful evaluations of earlier clinical experiences, and a successful interview. (Students with a lower GPA may be considered under certain conditions. Please see SEHD website.)
- A minimum GPA of 2.0, grade of C or better, is required for all courses applying to EDHD - Elementary Education requirements unless otherwise specified.
- Students must complete and maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average in Professional Year coursework to complete licensure requirements. Please see an advisor for more information on this requirement.
- Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the major.
Students will receive transfer credit for all of the following major requirements:
|Community Based Field Experience & Seminar 1
|Equality, Rights & Education
|Digital Teaching and Learning
|Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms 1
|Students will take the remaining courses at CU Denver
|Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar 1
|Introduction to Writing Development and Teaching
|Primary Literacy for Diverse Learners: Pre K-3rd Grade
|CLDE Foundations 1
|Diverse Learners Field Experience & Seminar 1
|Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 1
|Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching through STEM
|Family, Professional, and Community Collaboration
|Responsive Classroom Communities 1
|Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1
|Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
|Professional Year Courses
|A minimum grade of B- is required in each course.
|Elementary Literacy Instruction and Assessment Part 1
|Elementary Literacy Instruction and Assessment Part 2
|Elementary Mathematics Teaching I
|Elementary Mathematics Teaching II
|Elementary Science Teaching
|Planning for Learning
|Capstone: Planning, Instruction & Assessment
|Internship & Lrng Comm I
|Internship & Lrng Comm II
|Internship & Lrng Comm III
Additional required courses from the community college pathway transfer in as electives to reach the required hours for the BA
Courses require a grade of B- or better; all other courses require a grade of C or better. Students who do not have a B- or better in the specified courses must consult with their advisors about a plan to retake the course or complete additional work.
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