The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Elementary Education features best practices denoted in current literature on teacher education as facilitating development of highly effective elementary teachers. The Program's clinical foundation provides teacher candidates authentic opportunities to learn and apply best practices while collaborating with some of the most effective teachers and schools in the Denver Metropolitan area. Students completing the Elementary Education Major will take classes and participate in supervised practica, including two residencies in the same school that support development of the knowledge, understandings, and competencies required of successful elementary teachers in widely diverse classrooms. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education will be an extended major with increasingly rigorous courses that build upon foundational general studies and introductory education courses for all Elementary Education majors. All students will graduate with appropriate preparation for initial licensure in Elementary Education in Colorado. In addition, each student will select from one of six concentrations to specialize their knowledge and skills to meet specific needs of elementary schools.
Requirements for Admission to the Elementary Education Major
Students pursuing the major in Elementary Education must complete the following steps before being formally admitted to the degree program and taking sequence II classes.
- Attend a teacher application meeting
- Undergo a background check with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
- Pass ENG 1010 and ENG 1020 with a grade of C or better, or otherwise prove satisfaction of these course requirements
- Meet requirements to take MTH 1610: Integrated Mathematics I
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher over the most recent 30 college credits
- Pass the current approved state assessment for elementary licensure content
All candidates for a BA in Elementary Education must satisfy General Studies, Multicultural, Global, and all Elementary Education program requirements. A grade of "C" or better is required for each course in the program to count toward the Bachelor's degree.
Please note: The majority of field experience hours and all clinical experience hours occur during the elementary school day in university designated classrooms supervised by licensed teachers.
General Studies Required Courses
Written Communications (6 credits)
Oral Communication (3 credits)
Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
Historical (3 credits)
Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits)
Social and Behavioral Sciences I (3 credits)
(Note: GEG 1000 also satisfies University 'Global Diversity' course requirement)
Social and Behavioral Sciences II (3 credits)
Total General Studies Credit Hours: 33