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About this Program

Portrait of little schoolgirl leaning on stacked books in classroom.Do you want to understand and advocate for elementary children but not as a classroom teacher?

Are you interested in a career that is enhanced by an understanding of teaching and learning?

Through the Elementary Education Minor, you build foundational knowledge of serving diverse communities with a focus on emergent literacy, instructional technology, and special education.

Benefits of Earning This Minor at MSU Denver

Elementary school teacher Hazael Roman Lagunas standing at the front of the class with students sitting on the floor in front of him.The Elementary Education minor will help you:

  • Develop knowledge of instructional technology that is transferable to various careers
  • Understand how to advocate for and support diverse populations
  • Learn how families and children with special needs navigate educational systems
  • Develop foundational knowledge of emergent literacy
  • Acquire skills in differentiating environments for children that are transferable to nonprofit or out-of-school contexts
  • Empower yourself as a parent or community member

Additionally, in our School of Education programs, you will experience:

  • A diverse student population
  • Engaging, topical coursework
  • Supportive faculty and staff who value diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Incredible value

Are you a Teacher Cadet?

Speak with an Elementary Education advisor to learn how your Teacher Cadet credits apply in our programs!

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Students with minors in elementary educator have gone one to study counseling in graduate programs with a focus on children or families. Others have paired this knowledge with nonprofit careers.

Featured Faculty

Headshot photo of Dr. Corey Sell.Dr. Corey Sell

Dr. Sell is among our faculty recognized by the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award. At present, Dr. Sell is co-authoring an elementary social studies methods textbook as collaboratively sponsored by the National Council of Social Studies and the Library of Congress. You might meet Dr. Sell at the LGQBTIA+ Affinity group for educators which he launched in Fall 2021.

Headshot of Maria Magallenes.Maria Magallanes

Maria Magallanes, literacy lecturer, brings 26 years of experiences in elementary schools not only as an elementary educator but also as a literacy coach. You might meet Ms. Magallanes in a literacy methods course early in your studies or during residency where she also joins our team of residency supervisors.

Contact the Department of Elementary Education and Literacy

West Classroom: 132, 136, 162

Advising Appointments:
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(303) 615-1777

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