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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 Northeastern Junior College (NJC), you will benefit from a highly supportive program with a strong rural focus. T-PREP at NJC students complete the first half of their program at NJC 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 NJC’s campus in Sterling, Colorado; (b) in boundaryless classrooms using video conferencing technology with other T-PREP students throughout Colorado; or (c) online. Further, all your fieldwork experiences take place in Northeastern Colorado, 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 NJC or CU Denver.
- This is an on-campus program in Sterling, Colorado on the Northeastern Junior College campus 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:
|Major Requirements to Transfer|
|EDHD 1930||Community Based Field Experience & Seminar||3|
|SPED 4030||Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms||3|
|HDFR 2110||Child Ecology||3|
|EDFN 1000||Equality, Rights & Education||3|
|INTE 2000||Digital Teaching and Learning||3|
|Students take the remaining courses at CU Denver|
|Major Requirements Remaining|
|Cultural Diversity Core Course||3|
|EDHD 2930||Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar 1||2-3|
|LCRT 3720||Introduction to Writing Development and Teaching||3|
|LCRT 4710||Primary Literacy for Diverse Learners: Pre K-3rd Grade||3|
|CLDE 2000||CLDE Foundations 1||3|
|EDFN 4010||Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 1||3|
|CLDE 4020||Responsive Classroom Communities 1||3|
|EDHD 3930||Diverse Learners Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|CLDE 3830||Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching through STEM||3|
|SPED 4300||Family, Professional, and Community Collaboration||3|
|SPED 4400||Universal Design for Learning (UDL)||3|
|MTED 3040||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1||3|
|Professional Year Courses|
|A minimum grade of B- is required in all Professional Year Courses|
|UEDU 4931||Internship & Lrng Comm I||2|
|UEDU 4932||Internship & Lrng Comm II||2|
|UEDU 4040||Planning for Learning||3|
|LCRT 4000||Elementary Literacy Instruction and Assessment Part 1||3|
|MTED 4002||Elementary Mathematics Teaching I||3|
|SCED 4004||Elementary Science Teaching||3|
|UEDU 4933||Internship & Lrng Comm III||6|
|UEDU 4050||Elementary Capstone: Planning, Instruction & Assessment||3|
|LCRT 4001||Elementary Literacy Instruction and Assessment Part 2||3|
|MTED 4003||Elementary Mathematics Teaching II||3|
|Additional required courses from the community college pathway transfer in as electives to reach the required hours for the BA|
1 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.