Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education Major, B.A.

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Department of Elementary Education and Literacy  

School of Education  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

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.

Student Outcomes

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. 

Program 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, ESSJ, 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.  


** 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. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

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).

  • Credits: 3
  • 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.

  • Credits: 3-7
  • or

  • 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.

  • Credits: 9 *
  • or

  • 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. 

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.

Disciplinary Knowledge Concentration

Mathematics Concentration

Senior Experience: 3-7 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Courses 62 credits
Licensure Pathway 22 credits
Non-Licensure Pathway 18 credits
Selected Concentration 15 credits
Senior Experience counted elsewhere in major
Unrestricted Electives 0-10 credits
Total for the Elementary Education Major, B.A. Minimum of 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ 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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