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If you can read this sentence, thank your kindergarten teacher.

There may never be a more rewarding career than teaching children. As difficult a task as it is, witnessing a class of kindergartners develop into successful learners is why teachers love their job. Teaching at any level is hard, but as long as you’re dedicated, a degree in Elementary Education from MSU Denver can make it easier. 

To teach others effectively, you must practice with feedback and reflection. You also must understand the differences and commonalities in how kids develop socially, emotionally and cognitively to adapt your lesson plan to every learning style. Our licensure program includes a yearlong residency, allowing you hundreds of hours of real-world experience with the best teachers and schools in the Denver area. Our professors monitor their students throughout the program to ensure that the licensure standards are met. 

MSU Denver’s Elementary Education program reinforces theoretical background so you can teach effectively throughout your career. With five concentrations to choose from, you’ll be able to spread knowledge in areas you’re passionate about. If you have the patience, diligence and devotion to educating, you can learn the rest of the required skill set while studying at MSU Denver. 

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.

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 the following concentration areas (see below).  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.

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.

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. Deborah Horan

Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-0586 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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Ms. Julie Eber

Elementary Residency Site Coordinator for Denver Public Schools and Lecturer of Elementary Education and Literacy

[email protected] 303-605-5481 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. Cody Harrington

Lecturer of Elementary Education and Literacy

[email protected] 303-605-5756 Full Profile
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Ms. Tammy Kerr

Lecturer of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-0680 Full Profile
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Dr. Sandra Leu Bonanno

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-605-7195 Full Profile
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Dr. Kathleen Luttenegger

Associate Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-0776 Full Profile
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Maria Magallanes

Lecturer in Elementary Education

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

Lecturer of Literacy, Site Coordinator for Elementary Education Residency

[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. Ofelia Schepers

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-1134 Full Profile
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Dr. Corey R. Sell

Associate Professor of Elementary Education

[email protected] 303-615-1144 Full Profile
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Dr. Jessica Voorhis

Lecturer of Elementary Education and Literacy

[email protected] 303-605-7198 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