MSU Denver

School of Education Student Services Office

West Classroom Building, Suite 162

Feel free to stop by our office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for assistance with the following:

  • General inquiries regarding School of Education programs
  • Program information
  • Advising/Scheduling
  • Program Admission/Resources

Visit the additional sections below for detailed information and resources related to School of Education programs.

Student Services Staff

Brigitte Thompson, Academic Assistant
[email protected]

Amber Paugh, School of Education Senior Academic Advisor
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Mark Kochesky, School of Education Academic Advisor
[email protected]

Rose Williams, Admission and Registration Coordinator
[email protected]

Kelsey Reidenbach, Assistant to the Associate Dean
[email protected]

School of Education Technology Lab

Location: West Classroom WC 156

Phone: 303-352-5825

The School of Education Technology Lab offers services to assist School of Education students and professors with their technology needs. The lab is open for specific hours during the week when staffed by our student employee(s) or Educational Technology faculty.  Our lab computers are equipped with the following software: Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Kidspiration, Inspiration, SMART Notebook, SMART Response, ActivInspire, and more.

Please plan accordingly and be prepared to complete your work and leave the lab by closing time each day.

These times are subject to change without warning. 

Click below to expand the sections below to view monthly open lab schedules.  If no expandable sections are visible, we do not currently have open lab hours scheduled.

GPA Calculation for Student Teaching/Residency

To be accepted into Student Teaching/Residency toward the end of your program, you must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the specific courses required for licensure in your program.

The following worksheets will indicate the required courses for each major/licensure combination as well as for each post-baccalaureate program. The appropriate worksheet should be updated as you complete classes each semester. Upon completion, you will upload the worksheet as part of application process for Student Teaching/Residency.

You should keep this worksheet up to date throughout your time in this program.  It is your responsibility to make sure your GPA meets the requirement by the time you are ready to apply for student teaching or residency.  Also, please remember that all courses on these worksheets must be a grade of “C-” or higher to count toward the licensure program.

Note: Master of Arts in Teaching students, Music Education students, and Art Education students do not use a GPA calculation worksheet for student teaching.  Please consult your advisors for more information.

Instructions for GPA Worksheets

Instructions for each worksheet are embedded in the workbook and they should be the first thing you see upon opening the file.  Please read them thoroughly and carefully.

If the classes on the worksheet do not match up with the requirements for your program (this can happen with students who are completing a program under an older catalog), contact Brian Gunther for assistance.

Also, please remember that this is not a substitute for your degree progress report or program plan. The courses on these worksheets are only the courses that count toward your GPA for teacher licensure. There may be additional courses required for your major or general studies, and courses required for licensure that are graded in a way that does not factor into your GPA.

These worksheets are designed to be used in Microsoft Excel.  You will be asked to log in and authenticate using your MSU Denver credentials to download the forms.

Licensure Exams

Please note – exam requirements have changed at the state level:

  • The Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously, at their June 2016 State Board of Education meeting, to adopt the Praxis exam series for Colorado’s endorsement areas.
  • The newly adopted Praxis exams will be available to be taken in Colorado after September 1, 2016.
  • For all students who met the old exam requirement by completing the PLACE exam, your test results will be valid until May 6th, 2022.
  • Additional changes to Praxis exam requirements were implemented in Summer 2021.  Use our Praxis Exam Finder form below to identify specific exam requirements for your program.
  • For official exam requirement information, refer to the Colorado Department of Education’s website.

Passing scores on the required licensure exams are required for teacher candidates to earn their recommendation and apply for their teaching license through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  Please be aware that some licensure areas require multiple exams. For more information on the exams required by CDE, please visit the Colorado Praxis website.

Praxis offers the following accommodations and general preparation materials.  Preparation materials specific to the individual exams can be found in the expandable sections below.

Review the exam requirements for your licensure area by completing the following Praxis Exam Finder form.

School of Education Scholarships

Scholarship applications are currently closed. Please check back next spring for more opportunities to apply!

If you have general questions about SOE scholarships, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Cecelia A. Box Endowed Teaching Fellowship

This fellowship endowment is established in honor of Cecelia A. Box to provide financial support to outstanding full time students seeking professional teaching licensure.  Cecelia A. Box was an Associate Professor in the Secondary Education Department from 1993-1999. During that time, she observed first hand the challenges and sacrifices students faced carrying the full time commitment of student teaching, which, for so many, conflicted with their ability to support themselves at other jobs.  Students who complete a residency in place of student teaching may also apply for this scholarship.

Gartshore Finish Line Scholarship

The Gartshore Finish Line Scholarship provides financial assistance for undergraduate students in School of Education or College of Business programs who are found to be within 24 hours of degree completion and have a demonstrated financial need. Preference may be given to those that have exhausted Federal Pell and Loan eligibility.  Students must remain eligible to receive aid based on the MSU Denver Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Hannah Brooke Eppley Scholarship

The newly established Hannah Brooke Eppley Scholarship has been set up to provide financial assistance to Early Childhood Education majors at MSU Denver. The scholarship was set up by Kyrie Eppley, an alum of MSU Denver, to honor her daughter, Brooke, whom Kyrie raised as a single parent.  As an appreciative recipient of an academic scholarship while completing her undergraduate degree, Kyrie created the scholarship as a way of giving back to the MSU Denver Early Childhood community.

Preference will be given to single parents.

Jack and Fran Kaufman Scholarship for Student Teaching and Residency

This scholarship, established by former MSU Denver professors Fran and Jack Kaufman, provides financial support to students seeking professional teaching licensure during the semester(s) of their full-time student teaching or residency. Fran, an Associate Professor in the Secondary Education Department from 1993-1999 and Jack, an adjunct professor during this same time, observed first-hand the challenges and sacrifices students faced carrying the full-time commitment of student teaching, which, for so many, conflicted with their ability to support themselves financially.

Kappa Delta Pi Student Teaching Scholarship

To provide assistance for tuition, fees, books, or basic living costs (i.e. housing, food, childcare) to one or more highly motivated, outstanding student(s) who will be doing his/her student teaching.

The Pi Nu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international teaching honor society in education, recognizes the financial strain often associated with student teaching for Metropolitan State University of Denver students and wishes to provide support for a talented student, preferably a member of Kappa Delta Pi, during this phase of their teacher education.

Preference will be given to Kappa Delta Pi members.

Marge Fisch Endowed Scholarship

To provide assistance to students who intend to teach middle school, this scholarship is available until the student teaching semester.

The purpose of this scholarship is to offer financial assistance to future teachers at the Middle School educational level. Middle School students present many challenges and the teacher must understand the uniqueness of this age group. This special teacher should have a broad knowledge of his/her subject matter, a caring attitude, love of learning , knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques, a sense of humor and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. Marge Fisch was a Language Arts teacher in Jefferson County and a mentor to other teachers.

Michael A. Bentley Endowed Memorial Scholarship

This fund has been established, at the request of Michael Bentley, with the goal of helping Adams City High School students successfully complete their first year of studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

The scholarship is offered to students who have graduated from Adams City High School and have been accepted to MSU, with the end goal of obtaining Colorado certification to teach science, math, technology or STEM.  The scholarship is offered through MSU Denver because of their First Year Success Program.  This program supports Mr. Bentley’s desire to assist these Adams City students in their first year and renewable each year thereafter if the student meets the established criteria.

Noyce U-STEM Scholarship

In recognition of the correlation between teacher quality, including mastery of content knowledge and student achievement, the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, named for a pioneer of semiconductor development and founder of the semiconductor industry, seeks to encourage talented mathematics, science, and engineering students to pursue teaching careers.

Metropolitan State University of Denver mathematics and science majors who are becoming secondary teachers AND secondary education post-bacs in mathematics or science are invited to apply for U-STEM Scholarships. Scholarships cover a majority of the personal expense incurred with attendance at MSU Denver– $5,000 (pre-student teaching) to $8,000 (during student teaching), for a maximum of four semesters of full time enrollment. Once a U-STEM Scholar is in the program, they will continue to receive scholarship funds each semester as long as they fulfill the service requirements of the scholarship, AND maintain good academic progress (minimum 2.75 GPA).



Peierls Student Teacher Scholarship

To provide assistance to students during their student teaching/residency semester(s).

This scholarship is established to address the identified financial needs of students who are in the last stages of preparing to be teachers, i.e. doing their student teaching or residency. During that time, they cannot be employed, which creates a significant burden on them. The Peierls Foundation wants to support them becoming teachers and reduce the financial stress and problems that affect many of these students. The foundation highly values the contribution made by teachers in our community.

Salazar Family Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to students enrolled in education majors at MSU Denver.

The scholarship was set up by the Salazar family to assist Metropolitan State University of Denver students with scholarship support.

PLEASE NOTE: This scholarship is not being offered at this time.  Please check back for updates.

SNEA/Colorado Education Association @ MSU Denver Endowed Scholarship

To provide assistance annually to benefit any prospective student teacher or resident seeking licensure at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The student may be degree seeking or just seeking licensure.

Preference will be given to SNEA members.

Dr. Suzanne W. Dunshee Endowed Scholarship

To provide assistance to students planning to teach elementary education.

Prior to her arrival at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2001, Dr. Suzanne W. Dunshee spent over thirty years in the classroom as an educator in the public school system. She considered public education to be the strongest forum for young individuals to cultivate and pursue their ambitions. This scholarship has been established with the purpose of providing for students in the study of elementary education who demonstrate a similar level of dedication and diligence to future achievement in public education.

Financial Aid for Education Students

All students interested in Financial Aid should begin by completing a FAFSA application on or before March 1st at  For assistance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-556-8593.

All students interested in Scholarships should complete a scholarship application with the MSU Denver Scholarship Center.  The Scholarship Center can be reached at 303-556-6384.


Start by reviewing the School of Education scholarships.

Visit the Scholarship Center website for more information on applying for non-School of Education scholarships.  You can also view the entire list of available scholarships here: Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy page.

Additional scholarships that may relate to Education students:

Richard D. & Mary Pat McCormick Endowed Scholarship

3.5 GPA; financial need-based (FAFSA), degree- or licensure-seeking student; preference to teacher education candidate who is willing to student teach at a Parochial school and interested in teaching at a Parochial school upon graduation.  Scholarship Center, (303) 556-6384.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Award

Financial support is awarded through the Knowles Fellowship programs for secondary math and science education students. Visit the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation website for details.

Pell Grant

Pell Grant is offered to undergraduate first degree-seeking students who qualify.  Visit the Office of Financial Aid for information on qualifications for the Pell Grant.

Federal TEACH Grant

Undergraduate Teacher Education students seeking licensure in secondary math or science, special education, K-12 modern languages (Spanish), or elementary education with an added endorsement in linguistically diverse may be eligible to apply for a Federal TEACH Grant.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid for eligibility information.

Loan Forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program

Forgives the remaining balance on your Federal Direct Loans after 120 qualifying payments (10 years).  View complete program details.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

Forgives up to $17,500 of your Direct or FFEL Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans after 5 complete and consecutive years of teaching at a qualifying school.  View complete program details.

Perkins Loan Cancellation for Teachers

Forgives up to 100% of your Federal Perkins Loan Program if you teach full-time at a low-income school, or if you teach certain subjects. View complete program details (scroll down to “Teacher Cancellation”).

State-Sponsored Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

Tons of states offer loan forgiveness programs for teachers—especially if you teach in a high need area. The American Federation of Teachers has a great searchable database you can use to find state and local forgiveness programs you might qualify for.

For more information on loan forgiveness for teachers, visit the Federal Student Aid webpage for Teacher Loan Forgiveness or meet with a counselor at the MSU Denver Office of Financial Aid, Student Success Building, (303) 556-8593.

More information on Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers

Work Opportunities

Work-study positions at MSU Denver

Visit the Student Employment Opportunities web page to search available work-study and student hourly jobs at MSU Denver. To earn work-study funding, you must apply for a work-study grant through the Office of Financial Aid.

Substitute Teaching

Pay for substitute teaching is approximately $80-$120 a day.  Teacher candidates with a bachelor’s degree can get a license to substitute teach for three years.  Opportunities vary by district and subject shortage areas.  Visit the Colorado Department of Education website for details and application.

Student Forms

Form Name Form Description
Disposition Form – Field Placement Setting Disposition form used for field placements.
Disposition Form – University Setting Disposition form used for University settings.
FERPA Student Consent for Letter of Recommendation Form for students to provide consent to School of Education faculty and staff to provide a letter of recommendation.
Incomplete Agreement Agreement form initiated by a School of Education course instructor to award a grade of “Incomplete” for a course.
Registration Guide for School of Education Courses A detailed document explaining requirements and processes for registering for classes within the School of Education.
Update Your Info Use this form to update your information with the School of Education.  This includes name, phone number, address, advisor, licensure program, major, minor, etc.  Please note: you must be active with the university and currently accepted to an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate School of Education program to use this form.
Withdraw from a Program Use this form to request withdrawal form an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate School of Education program.
SEDM Observation Form Observation form for SEDM field experiences