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    Education Major/Minor

    Applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Mission: Alongside our students, we aim to understand ourselves and one another to become better people in an evolving social landscape.

    Core Values:

    • Inclusivity
    • Community building
    • Collaboration
    • Experiential learning
    • Reflexive thinking

    Perhaps your desire is to become a classroom teacher, here in the United States or abroad. Perhaps you want to deepen your understanding of the social, political and economic influences of education systems. In either case, the Education Department provides an opportunity for you to pursue a Colorado educator license, an Education Major or Minor, a Master of Arts in Teaching (with an educator license)or a literacy teacher endorsement with the Colorado Department of Education (Master of Arts in Teaching Dyslexia Specialist Program (DSP)). 

    Major

    The education major is designed for the undergraduate to recognize education as a discipline whose presence is historical, social, political, and economical. Through social inquiry, critical analysis, and community engagement, education majors will examine the central position educational systems occupy in civic functioning.  

    A student majoring in education must complete a minimum of 11 units, distributed as described below: 

    Category: Foundations in Education (ED101 plus three electives)

    ONLY ONE UNIT OF FYE OR CC100/120 MAY BE COUNTED TOWARDS THE MAJOR

    ED101  Introduction to the K-12 Classroom Culture*
    ED110  Linking Literacy, Language, and Linguistics***
    ED120  Practicum in Environmental Education (TREE semester, can be substituted for ED101)
    ED200  Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners**
    ED205  Disability and Society
    ED210  Power of the Arts in Education
    ED211  Critical Perspectives on the U.S. Educational System: 19th Century – Present
    ED213  Engaging the Learner
    ED218  Globalization in Education
    ED222/320  Diversity and Equity in Education** (prerequisite: ED101 or CC100/120)
    ED225  Foundations of Environmental Education (TREE semester)
    ED235  From Multicultural Education to Critical Pedagogy: Civil Rights in the U.S. Public Schools**
    ED250  Topics: Rural Education**
    ED250  Topics: Special Education: Disability & Society
    ED250  Topics: Philosophy of Education (Also PH249)
    ED255  Urban Education**

    Study Abroad unit (see approved list including TREE Semester, some DIS, Budapest Semester in Math Education, SIT Chile Comparative ED/Social Change, HECUA Inequality in America...)

    COURSE REQUIRED FOR ALL MAJORS AND MINORS

    ** ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE A COURSE NOTED WITH ** TO SATISFY DIVERSITY/EQUITY/MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

    ***REQUIRED FOR ELEMENTARY LICENSURE

    Category: Educational Research (two units)

    ED260 Educational Research Design (prerequisite: one class from the foundation category). This is a two-block course

    Category: Psychology (one unit)

    ED311 Educational Psychology (prerequisite: COI; ED101 and one class from the foundation category) Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr. Manya Whitaker before taking ED311.

    Category: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (one unit)

    ED360  Classroom Management (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED370  Arts Integration: Creating Critical Thinkers and Connected Communities (prerequisite: COI; ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED380  Curriculum and Engaging Pedagogies (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED385  Environmental Education (prerequisite: ED120 and ED225)
    ED386  Educational Assessment in a Political Context (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)

    Category: Instructional Methods (one unit)

    ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods (prerequisite: ED101, ED311 and COI** OR Master of Arts in Teaching candidate) 

    **Students must obtain COI no later than first Monday of previous block

    Category: Educational Policy and Reform (one unit)

    ED415  Educational Interventions (prerequisite: ED360, ED370, ED380, OR ED385)
    ED425  Innovations & Social Justice in Public Education (prerequisite: ED360, ED370, ED380, OR ED385)
    ED430  Policy and Politics in American Education (prerequisite: ED360, ED370, ED380, OR ED385)
    ED450  Philosophy of Education (prerequisite: ED360, ED370, ED380 OR ED385)
    ED455  Education Reform in the 21st Century (prerequisite: ED360, ED370, ED380, OR ED385)

    Category: Advanced Research (one unit)

    ED490 Advanced Research

    **Students must obtain COI no later than first Monday of previous block

    Minor

    Music Education Requirements

    The minor supports students who wish to study the complexities of education ranging from its historical, social, philosophical, and psychological bases to modern-day issues and applications. Students are advised to consult early with the education faculty to develop a pathway of coursework in a particular area of interest, especially if the interest is in earning Colorado teaching credentials. 

    A student minoring in education must complete five units from the following categories:

    ONLY ONE UNIT OF FYE OR CC100/120 MAY BE COUNTED TOWARDS THE MINOR

    Category: Foundations in Education (ED101 plus two electives)

    ED101  Introduction to K-12 Classroom Culture*
    ED110  Linking Literacy, Language, and Linguistics***
    ED120  Practicum in Environmental Education (TREE semester, can be substituted for ED101)
    ED200  Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners**
    ED205  Disability and Society
    ED210  Power of the Arts in Education
    ED211  Critical Perspectives on the US Educational System: 19th Century - Present
    ED213  Engaging the Learner
    ED218  Globalization in Education
    ED222/320  Diversity and Equity in Education** (prerequisite: ED101 or CC100/120)
    ED225  Foundations of Environmental Education (TREE semester)
    ED235  From Multicultural Education to Critical Pedagogy: Civil Rights in the U.S. Public Schools**
    ED250  Topics: Rural Education**
    ED250  Topics: Special Education: Disability & Society
    ED250  Topics: Philosophy of Education (Also PH249)
    ED255  Urban Education**

    Study Abroad unit (see approved list including TREE Semester, some DIS, Budapest Semester in Math Education, SIT Chile Comparative ED/Social Change, HECUA Inequality in America...)

    COURSE REQUIRED FOR ALL MAJORS AND MINORS

    ** ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE A COURSE NOTED WITH ** TO SATISFY DIVERSITY/EQUITY/MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

    ***REQUIRED FOR ELEMENTARY LICENSURE

    Category: Psychology (one unit)

    ED311 Educational Psychology (prerequisite: ED101 AND one additional class from the foundations category). Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr. Manya Whitaker before taking ED311.

    Selecting the Final Course to Complete the Minor

    Students in the Teacher Preparation Program:
    If you are a teacher candidate in the Teacher Preparation Program, preparing for either the 9th semester program or Master of Arts in Teaching program, then you must take ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods as your fifth course to complete the minor. 

    Category: Instructional Methods (one unit)

    ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods (prerequisite: ED101, ED311 and COI** OR Master of Arts in Teaching candidate) 

    ** Students must obtain COI no later than first Monday of previous block

    Students Only Wishing to Complete the Minor and Not Interested in Teacher Licensure:
    If you are a student completing the education minor, then you must take one additional course at the 300 level or above.

    Category: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment/Educational Policy and Reform (one unit)

    ED360 Classroom Management (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED370  Arts Integration: Creating Critical Thinkers and Connected Communities (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category) 
    ED380  Curriculum and Engaging Pedagogies (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category) 
    ED385  Environmental Education (prerequisite: ED120, ED225) 
    ED386  Educational Assessment in a Political Context (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED415  Educational Interventions (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED425  Innovations & Social Justice in Public Education (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED430  Policy and Politics in American Education (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED450  Philosophy of Education (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)
    ED455  Education Reform in the 21st Century (prerequisite: ED101 and one class from the foundation category)

    Teacher Preparation Program Requirements

    Program Advisor:  Debra Yazulla Mortenson, Director of Teacher Educator Programs

    Licensure is offered in elementary education (K-6), K-12 art, music, and world languages and secondary (6-12) English, math, science, and social studies. Each program has a content checklist detailing the required coursework necessary to be approved to teach in that discipline. Students wishing to earn an elementary teaching license from Colorado may complete the education major or any other liberal arts major. If you plan to pursue licensure at the K-12 or secondary level, you must major in the content area you plan to teach. 

    All licensure students must also complete the necessary education foundations, educational psychology, and methods coursework required by the state for licensure. See below for details.

    Licensure Requirements

    ED101 Introduction to K-12 Classroom Culture (1.0 unit)

    ED110  Linking Literacy, Language, and Linguistics (1.0 unit; required for Elementary Licensure) 

    One of the following: ED200 Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners, ED222/320 Diversity and Equity in Education, ED235 From Multicultural Education to Critical Pedagogy: Civil Rights in the U.S. Public Schools, ED250 Rural Education or ED255 Urban Education
    (1.0 unit)

    ED311  Educational Psychology (1.0 unit)

    ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods (1.0 unit)

    ED478 Advanced Methods: Inclusive Pedagogies in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction (2.0 units)

    **Students must obtain COI no later than first Monday of previous block

    ED466 Data Driven Instruction for Diverse Learners in the 21st Century (1.0 unit)

    ED479 Teacher Candidate Practicum (3.5 to 4.0 units), OR

    ED479 Teacher Candidate Practicum (2.0 units) and ED495 Internship in Education: International Teaching (2.0 units)

    To be recommended for licensure, students must successfully complete all coursework, pass the appropriate state examination in their content area or grade-level discipline, complete 800 hours of supervised classroom practicum and successfully complete the Teacher Candidate Performance Assessment.

    Teacher Preparation Program Admissions Procedure

    Students who wish to pursue Colorado teacher licensure must apply for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. After entering the college, a student interested in the program should obtain a description of the admission prerequisites, licensure requirements, and application procedure from the Department of Education. Students should complete their application in spring of their sophomore year or fall of their junior year.  

    Students will have to submit evidence of fulfilling the following prerequisites for admission: satisfactory completion of ED101: Introduction to K-12 Classroom Culture, which will be evidence of successful observation and participation in a local school classroom; endorsement from the classroom teacher with whom the applicant has interacted; and endorsement from the department chair of the applicant’s major field or teaching field. In addition, students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and an average in the major or teaching field of at least 3.2. After receipt of a completed application, candidates will have a personal interview with the Teacher Preparation admissions team, which will include a teaching demonstration.  If accepted, students must submit a fingerprint/background check to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and schedule a time to take the Praxis II content exam relevant to his/her teaching field.

    Ninth Semester Program

    Students who wish to be licensed at the elementary, K–12, or secondary levels may have difficulty in completing ED479 during the eight semesters of undergraduate coursework. Therefore, the college has established a “Ninth Semester Program” where student teaching can be completed, after graduation, with tuition at a fraction of the cost of a regular semester. Eligible students will have completed their major and teaching licensure requirements except for ED479 (Blocks 1-4) or ED479 (Blocks 1-2) and ED495 (Blocks 3-4). Please see one of the education program advisors in the Department of Education for further information.

    Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs

    Master of Arts in Teaching Initial Licensure Program

    Colorado College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching Initial Licensure Program with licensure in elementary (K-6), K-12 art, music and world languages and secondary (6-12) English, math, science, and social studies. Descriptions of the schedules and requirements of the MAT program may be obtained from the Department of Education website or Director of Teacher Educator Programs, Debra Yazulla Mortenson.

    Teacher candidates are not guaranteed licensure by Colorado College. The teaching license is determined by the State of Colorado. The Colorado College program does satisfy the requirements in many states. Students wishing to teach outside Colorado should consult with the Director of Teacher Educator Programs.

    Program Requirements

    The MAT for Initial Licensure degree program coursework is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of Higher Education for meeting requirements of licensure (denoted by an "*" below). The coursework includes the required 800 hours of field experience. Students may be required to take additional courses in order to meet the 800 hours of field experience. Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching Initial License degree program must satisfactorily complete foundation coursework. Candidates who minor in Education at Colorado College may transfer the foundation courses to their graduate program of study.

    Required Foundation Courses**

    *ED511 Independent Study in Education: Early K-12 Field Experience

    ED510 Topics in Education: Introduction to the Classroom Culture

    ED510 Topics in Education: (variable title in diversity and equity or multicultural education)

    ED565 K-12 Applications in Educational Psychology

    ED577 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods

    *Course required for students who have less than 60 hours of field experience.

    **Students who complete the education minor at Colorado College may meet the foundation course requirement.

    Students must satisfactorily complete foundation courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to advance.

    Required Advanced Courses

    ED553 Action Research Methods for MAT Candidates

    ED562 Numeracy through the Fission and Fusion of Math and Science

    ED554 Master's Research

    ED566 Data Driven Instruction for Diverse Learners in the 21st Century

    ED578 Advanced Methods: Inclusive Pedagogies in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction

    ***ED579 Teacher Candidate Practicum

    ***Students must receive a grade of B- or better for ED579 and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to advance in coursework.

    ED572 Teacher and Teaching Identities

    ED590 Master's Research Paper

    ED585 Specialized Internship Placement

    Master of Arts in Teaching Literacy Specialist Program (LSP)

    The Colorado College MAT Literacy Specialist Program (LSP) is a two-year graduate program to prepare literacy specialists, focused on teaching learners who struggle with reading, including those with dyslexia and related disorders. The LSP is nationally recognized by the International Dyslexia Association, the Academic Language Therapy Association and the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. The two-year program is designed for graduate students seeking to learn the most effective, evidence-based strategies for reading instruction. Licensed teachers completing both years of the program can earn Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist endorsements from the Colorado Department of Education. Students interested in the MAT Literacy Specialist Program should contact Debra Yazulla Mortenson, Director of Teacher Educator Programs.

    Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement

    The Education Department at Colorado College has recently been approved by the Colorado Department of Education and recommended by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to offer the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement. The endorsement is offered in response to the critical need for Colorado K-12 educators to be effectively prepared to teach all learners. The endorsement was a natural fit as Colorado College's teacher preparation curriculum is built around culturally responsive pedagogy. Equitable access to learning and authentic multicultural education is emphasized in all coursework. Interested students should contact Debra Yazulla Mortenson, Director of Teacher Educator Programs.

    In compliance with Title II of the Higher Education Act, the following data for 2018-19 (the most recent reporting year) is provided: 10 students were enrolled (admitted but not yet completed) in the teacher education program and 11 students completed the teacher education program; there were 5 full-time faculty members, and there were 7 supervising faculty for the teacher preparation program. Students participate in supervised student teaching for an average of 40 hours/week for a total of 16 weeks. Students in the MAT program then complete an additional semester-long internship experience. The pass rate of teacher education students on the PRAXIS II content exam was 100 percent.