MSU Denver

Change the present, change the future. Become an elementary teacher.

The time is now to change the lives of kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) children forever.

From your first experiential learning in a supervised field setting to your culminating clinical experience, you will be supported to foster identity-safe, asset-based spaces for diverse children and their families.  A focus on Trauma-Informed Practices, differentiated learning, and instructional technology is infused throughout your studies.

Our faculty bring a range of specializations to support your impactful teaching across all K-6 content areas: literacy, math, social studies, and science. You’ll learn to foster children’s inquiry-based thinking and critical thinking skills—whether in mathematics, science, or social studies. You’ll develop professional knowledge for expanding the languages and literacies of children through an asset-based lens in both reading and writing. Throughout your program, you’ll be supported through intentionally-paired methods courses and supervised clinical field experiences.

Our programs offer differentiated pathways for students with varying interests. Connect with an advisor to learn more!

Join us in investing in your professional growth toward impacting today’s generation of diverse K-6 children and the future of their communities.

Programs in Elementary Education and Literacy

Whether you are ready to start your first semester in college or you have already completed a bachelor’s degree, we have a program in Elementary Education and Literacy for you! Browse our options below.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION POST-BACCALAUREATE AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Seeking a bachelor's degree?

If you are seeking a bachelor’s degree and your goal is to become an elementary (K-6) teacher, you should declare your major in Elementary Education. Additionally, you will select one of five concentration areas. Completion of this major will result in a bachelor of arts degree as well as qualification to apply for a teaching license in Elementary Education (K-6) in Colorado.

Beginning in Fall 2022, the Elementary Education Major will offer a new pathway for those who are interested in Elementary Education but do not intend to earn teacher licensure.

We also offer a minor in Elementary Education. This minor does not lead to teacher licensure, but it might be an option for you if you’re looking to learn more about the field without completing an entire licensure program.

Concentrations in the Elementary Education major

Develop your professional expertise by selecting from one of five concentrations. Each concentration consists of coursework that focuses on an area of professional interest.

Visit the Elementary Education Major, B.A. program page below to learn more about your concentration options.

Already have a bachelor's degree?

If you have already completed bachelor’s degree (or expect to soon), and your goal is to become an elementary (K-6) teacher, you have two traditional pathways available; a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and a post-baccalaureate Elementary Teacher Licensure program.  The MAT earns you a master’s degree, and both programs earn you qualification to apply for a teaching license in Elementary Education (K-6) in Colorado.

Meet our Elementary Education and Literacy Faculty

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Dr. Corey R. Sell

Department Chair, Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-1144 Full Profile
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Dr. Susan Ahrendt

Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-0115 Full Profile
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Dr. Ingrid Carter

Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-0261 Full Profile
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Julie Eber

Lecturer in Elementary Education and Literacy, Elementary Residency Site Coordinator

[email protected] 303-605-5481 Full Profile
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Dr. Caitlin Fine

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-605-7925 Full Profile
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Dr. Krista Griffin

Associate Professor of Literacy

[email protected] 303-615-0508 Full Profile
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Dr. Deborah Horan

Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-0586 Full Profile
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Tammy Kerr

Senior Lecturer of Elementary Education and Literacy

[email protected] 303-615-0680 Full Profile
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Maria Magallanes

Lecturer of Elementary Education and Literacy

[email protected] 303-605-7562 Full Profile
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Ali O'Brien

Lecturer of Elementary Education and Literacy, Elementary Residency Site Coordinator

[email protected] 303-615-0655 Full Profile
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Dr. Roland Schendel

Professor of Literacy

[email protected] 303-615-1120 Full Profile
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Dr. Jessica Voorhis

Lecturer of Elementary Education, Elementary Residency Site Coordinator

[email protected] 303-605-7198 Full Profile
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Taryn Wood

Lecturer of Elementary Education and Literacy, Elementary Residency Site Coordinator

[email protected] 303-605-7740 Full Profile

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CONTACT US

Email
[email protected]

Phone
303-615-1777

Campus Location
West Classroom Building, Suite 136

Mailing Address
Campus Box 21
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362