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Elementary Education

UPDATE 06/15/2012: Please note, all of our undergraduate advising guides have been updated to reflect the changes to General Studies for students who are new to MSU Denver beginning Fall 2012.  These guides can still be used if you are under the 2011 catalog or earlier, but please pay attention to the added notes on the guides if you are under the Fall 2012 catalog.  To determine your catalog year, visit the Finding Your Catalog Year help page. 


Metropolitan State University of Denver is currently one of the largest preparation programs for Elementary teachers in the state of Colorado.  Elementary licensure enables candidates to teach kindergarten through sixth grade.  MSU Denver currently offers two options for licensure; an undergraduate licensure program for students seeking their first bachelor’s degree with licensure, and the post-baccalaureate licensure program for those who have previously earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.   We also offer the option to complete a minor in Elementary Education for students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree but do not intend to become a licensed Elementary teacher.

The goal of the Elementary licensure program is to prepare licensure candidates to successfully teach our diverse Elementary student population.  Consequently, teacher candidates must understand the commonalities and differences in how Elementary children develop their social-emotional and cognitive thinking so they will become successful learners. It is also important that teacher candidates understand the concepts and processes that they will teach to meet district and state learning outcomes.  Therefore, MSU Denver licensure students take classes across the content areas, including three required courses in mathematics for teachers.

MSU Denver’s Elementary licensure program is structured on the premise that future teachers learn best by practicing with feedback and reflection.  As a result, our licensure program requires three field experiences prior to the final full semester of student teaching.  Teacher candidates are placed in Elementary schools in the Denver metro area and are required to practice, plan and teach lessons which correspond to their concurrent methods classes.  Professors of the classes observe and give constructive feedback to help the licensure candidates further develop the skills and knowledge needed to become great teachers.  Licensure candidates are monitored throughout the program to verify that expectations for licensure standards are being met. 

Undergraduate students interested in Elementary Education must select one of the eight acceptable majors for the program.  Human Development is a recommended major for Elementary Education students since it deals with the psychology and development of children at the Elementary age levels.  The major choices are as follows:


Advising Guides for the approved majors are available by clicking the links above. We also have an Overview of the Elementary Education Licensure Program (PDF 43 KB) document which includes much of the information on this page. 

Post-baccalaureate students can also complete a Licensure program in Elementary Education.  As long as your bachelor’s degree is from an accredited college or university, we do not require your degree to be in a specific content area.  All of the skills you will need to become an Elementary educator will be taught to you through the courses required in our program. 

Did you know? If you have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in Elementary Education, you can complete the necessary courses for teacher licensure AND earn a master's degree at MSU Denver. Visit our Master's in Teaching website for more information!

Please schedule an appointment with an advisor in Elementary Education and in the major you are interested in declaring (if applicable) before registering for any classes.  See the Advising section of our website for more information on scheduling an appointment. 

Visit our Added Endorsements page for information on becoming qualified to teach additional areas of licensure.

Elementary Education Minor

Elementary Education can also serve as a minor for students who need a minor to graduate with a bachelor's degree. A minor in Elementary Education alone does not qualify you for student teaching or licensure, you must be enrolled in the Teacher Licensure Program and complete all requirements for licensure to be considered for student teaching and to apply for licensure.


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“For the past five years, Peiffer Elementary has been a Professional Partner school with Metropolitan State University of Denver.  We have placed education students in our classrooms for internships, field study, and student teaching opportunities.  I believe our students and teachers benefit just as much as the college students!  The Metro students who have worked with our children are well-prepared.  I feel they come to us knowing about instructional strategies and techniques, assessment, and overlapping instruction.  I know they leave with a better understanding about the realities of everyday life in an elementary school and an appreciation for the demands of our profession.”  - Robin Weikel, Principal of Peiffer Elementary School

“The diverse field experiences and teaching styles introduced to me have really prepared me for success in almost any educational setting.” – Brittany, Fall 2009 Metro Student Teacher

“I feel that Metro has fully prepared me to be a successful teacher.  I was sent into the classroom with the tools and resources I will need to become the best teacher I can be!“ – Andrea Faust, Fall 2009 Metro Student Teacher