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Education Major/Minor

Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Major

Registration FAQs for Education Courses

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)

ED101  Introduction to the K-12 Classroom Culture*
ED120  Practicum in Environmental Education (TREE semester)
ED200  Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners**
ED210  Power of the Arts in Education
ED211  Framework for U.S. Education
ED213  Engaging the Learner
ED218  Globalization in Education
ED222  Diversity and Equity in Education**
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 some DIS, Budapest for Math Education, Chile Comparative ED/Social Change, Senegal Education and Culture, CIEE in Dominican Republic for ESL training, HECUA Inequality in America...)

COURSE REQUIRED FOR ALL MAJORS AND MINORS

** STUDENTS INTERESTED IN EARNING A TEACHING LICENSE MUST CHOOSE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE COURSES

Category: Educational Research (two units)

ED260 Educational Research Design. This is a two-block course.

Category: Psychology (one unit)

ED311 Educational Psychology

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

ED370  Arts Integration: Creating Critical Thinkers and Connected Communities
ED380  Curriculum and Engaging Pedagogies
ED385  Environmental Education 
ED386  Educational Assessment in a Political Context

Category: Instructional Methods (one unit)

ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods

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

Category: Educational Policy and Reform (one unit)

ED415  Educational Interventions
ED425  Innovations & Social Justice in Public Education
ED430  Policy and Politics in American Education
ED455  Education Reform in the 21st Century

Category: Advanced Research (one unit)

ED490 Advanced Research

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

Minor

Registration FAQs for Education Courses

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:

Category: Foundations in Education (ED101 plus two electives)

ED101  Introduction to K-12 Classroom Culture*
ED120  Practicum in Environmental Education (TREE semester)
ED200  Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners**
ED210  Power of the Arts in Education
ED211  Framework for American Education
ED213  Engaging the Learner 
ED218  Globalization in Education
ED222  Diversity and Equity in Education**
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 some DIS, Budapest for Math Education, Chile Comparative ED/Social Change, Senegal Education and Culture, CIEE in Dominican Republic for ESL training, HECUA Inequality in America...)

COURSE REQUIRED FOR ALL MAJORS AND MINORS

** STUDENTS INTERESTED IN EARNING A TEACHING LICENSE MUST CHOOSE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE COURSES

Category: Psychology (one unit)

ED311 Educational Psychology

Selecting the Final Course to Complete the Minor

Students Only Wishing to Complete the Minor and Not Interested in Teacher Licensure:

Category: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (one unit)

ED370  Arts Integration: Creating Critical Thinkers and Connected Communities
ED380  Curriculum and Engaging Pedagogies 
ED385  Environmental Education 
ED386  Educational Assessment in a Political Context

Students in the Teacher Preparation Program or Master of Arts in Teaching program:

Category: Instructional Methods (one unit)

ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods

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

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)

One of the following: ED200 Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners, ED222 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

ED400 Integrating Educational Technology (0 units, proficiency based)

ED407 Topics and Issues in Special Education in the General Classroom (.25 units)

ED408 Assessment Design and Data-Driven Instruction (.25 units)

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

ED479 Teacher Candidate Practicum (2.0 units) and ED495 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 Integrating STEM into the K-12 Classroom

ED554 Master's Research

ED400 Integrating Educational Technology

ED407 Topics and Issues in Special Education in the General Classroom

ED408 Assessment Design and Data Driven Instruction

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.

ED580 School Teaching Fellowship

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 2017-18 (the most recent reporting year) is provided: 13 students were enrolled (admitted but not yet completed) in the teacher education program and 10 students completed the teacher education program; there were five full-time faculty members, and there were 13 part-time faculty in professional education and faculty from other departments involved. 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.