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Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure

Program & course descriptions

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure program will provide the courses and experiences necessary to apply for a Colorado teaching certificate after the first year of the program and have significant support in the second year of the program as you enter the profession and complete your graduate degree.

The first semester of the first year will include exposure to a variety of diverse field placements (e.g. middle school, high school, charter schools, Title I, culturally diverse schools in the Four Corners region). The second semester of the first year will be full-time in one school setting that best fits your career interests.

The second year of the program will focus on supporting candidates in their first year of full-time teaching and creating an Action Research Project.

Course description

ED 600 Introduction to Graduate Research in Education (3 credits) This course focuses on the major theories, frameworks, and methods of educational research, and will introduce participants to the characteristics of and various approaches to analyzing, evaluating, and designing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research and evaluation in the education field.

ED 603 Instructional Technology in Schools (3 credits) Students will be able to explore and use existing and emerging technology applications for student-centered instruction, multi-cultural learning, classroom management, assessment, professional development, and school and family communication.

ED 605 Student Teaching I (3 credits) This field-based practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts being studied concurrently. Requires 400 hours of field practicum.

ED 611 Engaging Learning Environments I (3 credits) This course provides future teachers with an overview of discipline-specific classroom management techniques and exposure to assessments at the classroom, district, state, and national levels as related to improving instruction for all students.

ED 613 Content Methods (3 credits) This course will prepare candidates for Colorado teaching licenses to have the skills and knowledge to prepare, execute, and assess instructional lessons, units, and courses.

ED 615 Student Teaching II (3 credits) This field-based course is the second semester of a year-long student teaching experience. The course provides opportunity to student teach under a highly qualified cooperating teacher and be supported by a highly qualified college supervisor. Requires 400 hours of student teaching.

ED 619 Teacher Professional Growth I (3 credits) This course will support professional goal setting as aligned with the Colorado Evaluation Model for Teachers.

ED 620 Cultural Competency and Schools (3 credits) This course will focus on the knowledge and skills related to the cultural competency necessary to foster positive and productive relationships with students, families, community members, and organizations.

ED 621 Engaging Learning Environments II (3 credits) This course requires students to understand, design, and apply appropriate classroom management, intervention, and differentiation strategies for all students in public school classrooms. 

ED 623 Content Literacy (3 credits) Students will learn to apply teaching methods that emphasize integrating college and career readiness, content-area vocabulary, reading, writing, oral language, and numeracy.

ED 625 Teacher Professional Growth II (3 credits) The course will require research and investigation of the best practices in professional learning communities, facilitation, action planning, and change theory in educational settings.

ED 680 Capstone Project (3 credits) This culminating course for students in the MAE program will explore educational issues impacting instructional practices and/or school structures through an applied research project in field-based settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Program Standard I: Teacher candidates demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach. The elementary Teacher is an expert in literacy and mathematics and is knowledgeable in all other content that he or she teaches (e.g., science, social studies, arts, physical education, or world languages). The secondary Teacher has knowledge of literacy and mathematics and is an expert in his or her content endorsement area(s).
    1. Element a: Teacher candidates provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards; their District's organized plan of instruction; and the individual needs of their students.
    2. Element b: Teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge of student literacy development in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
    3. Element c:  Teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge of mathematics and understand how to promote student development in numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability.
    4. Element d: Teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, tools of inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices and specialized character of the disciplines being taught.
    5. Element e: Teacher candidates develop lessons that reflect the interconnectedness of content areas/disciplines.
    6. Element f: Teacher candidates make instruction and content relevant to students and take actions to connect students’ background and contextual knowledge with new information being taught.
  2. Program Standard II: Teacher candidates establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    1. Element a: Teacher candidates foster a predictable learning environment in the classroom in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers.
    2. Element b: Teacher candidates demonstrate a commitment to and respect for diversity.
    3. Element c:  Teacher candidates engage students as individuals with unique interests and strengths.
    4. Element d:  Teacher candidates adapt their teaching for the benefit of all students, including those with special needs, across a range of ability levels.
    5. Element e:  Teacher candidates provide proactive, clear and constructive feedback to families about student progress and work collaboratively with the families and significant adults in the lives of their students.
    6. Element f: Teacher candidates create a learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior, efficient use of time, and appropriate intervention strategies.
  3. Program Standard III: Teacher candidates plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    1. Element a: Teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge of current developmental science, the ways in which learning takes place, and the appropriate levels of intellectual, social, and emotional development of their students.
    2. Element b: Teacher candidates plan and consistently deliver instruction that draws on results of student assessments, is aligned to academic standards, and advances students’ level of content knowledge and skills.
    3. Element c: Teacher candidates demonstrate a rich knowledge of current research on effective instructional practices to meet the developmental and academic needs of their students.
    4. Element d: Teacher candidates thoughtfully integrate and utilize appropriate available technology in their instruction to maximize student learning.
    5. Element e: Teacher candidates establish and communicate high expectations for all students and plan instruction that helps students develop critical-thinking and problem solving skills.
    6. Element f: Teacher candidates provide students with opportunities to work in teams and develop leadership qualities.
    7. Element g: Teacher candidates communicate effectively, making learning objectives clear and providing appropriate models of language.
    8. Element h: Teacher candidates use appropriate methods to assess what each student has learned, including formal and informal assessments, and use results to plan further instruction.
  4. Program Standard IV: Teacher candidates reflect on their practice.
    1. Element a: Teacher candidates demonstrate that they analyze student learning, development, and growth and apply what they learn to improve their practice.
    2. Element b: Teacher candidates link professional growth to their professional goals.
    3. Element c: Teacher candidates are able to respond to a complex, dynamic environment.
  5. Program Standard V: Teacher candidates demonstrate leadership.
    1. Element a: Teacher candidates demonstrate leadership in their schools.
    2. Element b: Teacher candidates contribute knowledge and skills to educational practices and the teaching profession.
    3. Element c: Teacher candidates advocate for schools and students, partnering with students, families and communities as appropriate.
    4. Element d: Teacher candidates demonstrate high ethical standards.