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About the Program
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 complete coursework and participate in supervised clinical experiences. For those seeking a state teaching licensure in Elementary Education, this includes a culminating two-semester residency that supports development of the knowledge, understandings, and competencies required of successful elementary teachers in widely diverse classrooms.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education is an extended major with increasingly rigorous courses that build upon foundational introductory coursework for all Elementary Education majors. In addition, each student selects a concentration to specialize their professional knowledge. The culminating clinical experience is a two-semester teacher residency program completed in cohort-based schools within our partner districts in the Denver metropolitan area. Teacher candidates pursuing licensure graduate with appropriate preparation for initial licensure in Elementary Education in Colorado. Students within the Elementary Education Major have an option to select a non-licensure pathway with alternative coursework in place of the final residency coursework. Please visit the School of Education (SOE) website for information on admission to this program.
General Degree Requirements
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- A total of at least 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
- A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
- A minor is not required for this program.
- All candidates for a BA in Elementary Education must satisfy General Studies, Multicultural, Global Diversity, and all Elementary Education program requirements.
- 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 Requirements: 33 credits
Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.
- Written Communication (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 (6 credits)
- Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)
** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences.
Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits
- Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.
- Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement.
Core Courses Required for the Major: 62 credits
All Elementary Education Majors, whether licensure or non-licensure, complete the following core coursework. Registering for 3000-level methods courses and clinical fields requires application to the School of Education. Up to 9 credits indicated below can also be used to fulfill General Studies requirements.
Licensure Pathway: 22 credits
Teacher candidates in the Elementary Education Major, who seek a state teaching license, complete a two-semester, culminating clinical experience: Residency I (3 days per week) and Residency II (4 days per week). One co-requisite course is paired with each residency semester (RDG 4444 and EDU 4222).
- EDU 4222 - Designing Instruction For All Learners Credits: 3
- RDG 4444 - Accountability in Whole Class Literacy Assessment Credits: 3
All teacher candidates (2018 catalog year or later) within the licensure pathway complete 7 credits of Residency I. For most teacher candidates, this is EDU 4115. However, teacher candidates earning an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education or as a CLD Bilingual Education Specialist, complete EDU 4116 CLD Residency I instead of EDU 4115 Residency I. All state initial licensure requirements must be met in order to qualify for the additional CLD or CLD BES endorsement.
- EDU 4115 - Residency I Credits: 3-7
- EDU 4116 - CLD Residency I Credits: 3-7
All teacher candidates seeking initial teacher licensure complete 9 credits of Residency II. Teacher candidates, who are completing the requirements for an additional endorsement in CLD or CLD BES, complete EDU 4226 CLD Residency II instead of EDU 4225 Residency II. All state licensure requirements must be met in order to qualify for the additional state CLD or CLD BES endorsement.
- EDU 4225 - Residency II Credits: 9 *
- EDU 4226 - CLD Residency II Credits: 9 *
*Either EDU 4225 or EDU 4226 can fulfill the Senior Experience requirement.
Non-Licensure Pathway: 18 credits
Students majoring in Elementary Education may differentiate their plan of study by choosing 18 credits of coursework that supports a professional pathway related to educational studies. Non-licensure pathway students are encouraged to complete EDS 4010 Action Research within Communities of Practice, as a means to bridge their differentiated studies to their future professional communities through the high leverage practice of engaging in undergraduate research.
Concentration Choices: 15 credits
Students further differentiate their plan of study through selecting one of the following 15-credit concentrations. While students are only required to complete one concentration, they may choose to declare an additional concentration.
Applied Developmental Psychology Concentration
Chicana/o Studies Concentration
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Concentration
Students completing the CLD concentration as part of the licensure pathway can apply for an additional state CLD teaching endorsement upon completing all state initial licensure requirements. Students completing the CLD concentration as part of the non-licensure pathway would not qualify for a state endorsement.
- ANT 2330 - Cross-Cultural Communication Credits: 3
- COMM 3000 - Diversity and Communication in the U.S. Credits: 3
- CLD 2890 - Second Language Acquisition: K-12 Educational Implications Credits: 3
- CLD 3290 - Literacy Development for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students K-12 Credits: 3
- CLD 3310 - Integrated Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language Credits: 3
Choose one elective from the following:
- CHS 3300 - Education of Chicano Children Credits: 3
- CLD 3940 - Spanish Bilingual Language and Literacy Development Credits: 3
Note: CLD 3940 Bilingual Language and Literacy is taught mainly in Spanish. This course is one of the courses required for the endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Bilingual Education Specialist K-12 in Spanish and English.
- LING 3011 - Analyzing English Credits: 3
- Any level language classes whether transfer, prior learning, or those taken at MSU Denver will be accepted as fulfilling this requirement. MSU Denver course prefixes include ASL, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JPS, MDL, SPA. Prior learning includes Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. General Studies status is not required.
Disciplinary Knowledge Concentration
Senior Experience: 3-9 credits
Summary of Requirements
|General Studies Requirements
||counted elsewhere in major
|Total for the Elementary Education Major, B.A.
||Minimum of 120 credits
Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.
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