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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 a Secondary Science 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 State, you will benefit from a highly supportive and 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 a Secondary Science 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 College campus; (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 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 General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- School of Education and Human Development Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum total of 126 semester hours for the EDHD Secondary Science 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 - Secondary Science 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 content and major requirements:
|Content and Major Requirements|
|MATH 1110||College Algebra (or higher)||4|
|BIOL 2010||Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)||3|
|BIOL 2011||Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)||1|
|BIOL 2020||Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)||3|
|BIOL 2021||Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)||1|
|CHEM 2031||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 2038||General Chemistry Laboratory I||1|
|GEOG 1202||Introduction to Physical Geography||3|
|PHYS 2010||College Physics I||4|
|PHYS 2321||Intro Experimental Phys Lab I||1|
|EDFN 1000||Equality, Rights & Education||3|
|HDFR 3050||Children's Thinking and Assessment||3|
|EDHD 1930||Community Based Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|SPED 4030||Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms 1||3|
|Select one of the following:||4-5|
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
|College Physics II|
and Intro Experimental Phys Lab II
|Students take the remaining courses at CU Denver|
|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|
|SCED 4340||Equity & Culture in Science Education: Local/Global||3|
|SCED 4350||Issues and Trends in Science Education||3|
|STME 4001||Planning for Learning in Mathematics and Science 1||3|
|EDHD 2930||Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar 1||2-3|
|EDHD 3930||Diverse Learners Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|Professional Year Courses|
|A minimum grade of B- is required in each course.|
|LCRT 4100||Secondary Literacy Instruction and Assessment||3|
|SCED 4400||Theory and Pedagogy of Science Learning||3|
|SCED 4401||Inquiry Science Pedagogy and Practices||3|
|SPED 4400||Universal Design for Learning (UDL)||3|
|STME 4051||STEM Capstone: Secondary Education||3|
|UEDU 4931||Internship & Lrng Comm I||2|
|UEDU 4932||Internship & Lrng Comm II||2|
|UEDU 4933||Internship & Lrng Comm III||6|
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.
To review the Degree Map for this program, please visit our website.