Ready to find out what MSU Denver can do for you? We’ve got you covered.
Have you already earned a Bachelor’s Degree?
Are you working in a school but in a lower paying, non-licensed position?
Maybe you’re a career changer seeking to impact elementary schools?
Through our post-baccalaureate licensure program, you complete relevant coursework for teacher licensure in elementary education in Colorado. In your licensure coursework, you will develop the pedagogical knowledge to teach literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Additionally, you are prepared to serve culturally and linguistically diverse students through meeting the state’s English Learner Professional Development Standards. Your teaching methods coursework is infused with Trauma-Informed Practices (TIP), inquiry-based teaching methods, and opportunities to learn experientially in elementary schools.
In addition to immersive field experiences throughout the program, you will experience two consecutive semesters in the Elementary Teacher Residency. You will spend significant time in an elementary classroom each semester at one of our partner public schools in the Denver metropolitan area. Each residency semester is intentionally paired with a hybrid co-requisite course and a residency seminar to further strengthen the professional abilities you bring into your first year of teaching.
By the way, did you know we have a similar program at the graduate level that awards a Master’s degree along with Elementary Education teacher licensure recommendation? Check out the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education!
Benefits of Program Coursework:
Benefits of the Elementary Teacher Residency for licensure students:
Typically, teacher candidates from our post-baccalaureate teacher licensure program are hired as general education classroom teachers. Earning a state teaching license affords you more opportunities for expanding your professional career within districts, often leading to teachers on special assignment (TOSA), instructional coaches, or other administrative or leadership positions within schools or the district.
Through a Spencer Foundation research-partnership grant, Dr. Schepers is researching the impact of Trauma-Informed Practices (TIP) on novice teachers, including mitigation of secondary traumatic stress. You might meet Dr. Schepers through the SOE Roadrunner Diversity Scholars Program.
Dr. Sue Ahrendt’s specialization is in inquiry-based mathematics with a focus on a growth mindset. You’ll meet Dr. Ahrendt in one of her free Praxis review workshops offered each fall or spring – or perhaps in the Math Praxis Study groups that she hosts.
Our residency partner districts recruit our Elementary Residents during their residency year, with hires occurring in these partner districts. However, residents are impacting communities beyond our partner districts as their expanded skills developed through a two-semester residency are valued by all districts.
Our partner districts include:
All School of Education teacher licensure programs are authorized by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.