The Morgridge College of Education’s prestigious Teacher Education Program (TEP) offers an intensive, integrated, professional preparation experience. Coursework and field experiences are purposeful, connected, gradual, and cumulative, and can be completed in as few as ten months.
The program’s mission is to ensure students are prepared to succeed and have mastered the competencies of effective, high-performing teachers. In order to accomplish this, the TEP program features small class sizes, abundant peer support, high academic standards, and a closely supervised field experience with linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Upon acceptance into the TEP program, students must complete a Content Verification Form (CVF) to assess their content knowledge. Click here for more information on the CVF.
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TEP: Teacher Licensure Only
Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $1,142 per quarter credit hour.
(Substantial scholarships are available; typical scholarship awards to students in this program reduce tuition by 40% to 50%, resulting in an estimated tuition rate between $555 and $665 per quarter credit hour.)
Credits Required for Completion
43 credit hours.
Approximate Completion Time
The Teacher Licensure only option is completed in ten months. It starts each summer and runs through the spring.
The 43 credit hours, which include completion of coursework in one of three concentration areas: Elementary, K-12, and Secondary.
Students who have successfully completed the courses required for the TEP certificate are eligible for teacher licensure in Colorado. Students must meet the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requirements for a Colorado initial teacher license and apply for the license with the CDE.
Accreditation: Colorado Department of Education
Elementary, Secondary (English, math, science, social studies), K-12 (Spanish, art, music*)
*Requires a Bachelors of Music Education (BME)
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TEP: Master’s Degree with Licensure
Approximately 95% of TEP apprentice teachers pursue a master’s degree with teacher licensure. With this option, apprentice teachers complete the requirements for teacher licensure in ten months and master’s specialization courses in two months, for a total of 12 months. This includes 52 credit hours of coursework, 43 credits for licensure, nine credits for the completion of the master’s degree, as well as other stipulated program requirements.
Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $1,142 per quarter credit hour. (Substantial scholarships are available; typical scholarship awards to students in this program reduce tuition by 40% to 50%, resulting in an estimated tuition rate between $555 and $665 per quarter credit hour.)
Credits Required for Completion
52 credit hours.
Approximate Completion Time
Twelve months – 5 quarters to complete the master’s and become eligible to apply for an initial Colorado teaching license. Students must meet the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) requirements for a Colorado initial teacher license and apply for the license with the CDE.
The 52 quarter credit hour program includes field experience in elementary or secondary context, passage of content exam, completion of course provisionals, and completion of program coursework and expectations.
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- Students select from one of three concentration areas: Elementary, K-12, and Secondary.
- Apprentice teachers are required to complete 840 hours of fieldwork in public school classrooms with diverse student populations and to be at their fieldwork site three days a week during fall and winter quarters, as well as four or five days a week in the spring quarter. A gradual release of responsibility leads to solo teaching throughout the ten-month residency
- To qualify for the MA, students must complete 9 quarter credit hours of courses in a specific “cognate” area. The cognate areas include Aesthetics, Cultural Linguistic Diversity, Gifted Education, K-6 Mathematics, Literacy or Special Education.
The mission of the dual undergraduate-graduate degree in the Teacher Education Program is to prepare and educate teachers academically, pedagogically, and professionally for K-12 schools in the United States.Additionally, the dual degree program will provide prospective teachers with the necessary social, political and cultural knowledge to understand the diverse backgrounds of their students and to turn that understanding into effective forms of teaching and learning for all students.The program is organized around the following themes
-Content Knowledge Expertise
The dual degree program is committed to the task of ensuring that all graduating teachers are well qualified academically to teach the grade level requirements and content areas associated with their teaching license.This goal is accomplished, in part, by linking a teacher candidate’s undergraduate course selection with graduate level content area courses, when appropriate and available.The essential question guiding learning in this domain is- What do I teach?
The dual degree program believes that effective instruction requires both technical skill and cultural understanding.We approach teaching from an asset model rather than a deficit model.All K-12 students can achieve and experience academic success if their teacher offers the right combination of academic support and intellectual challenge.Knowing how to find this balance requires knowledge of curriculum, lesson planning, and the application of student-centered forms of teaching.Effective instruction also requires responsiveness to the social, cultural, and linguistic identities that students bring to school.A successful teacher will value diversity and look for ways to bridge home and school contexts.The essential question guiding learning in this domain is- How will I teach?
During a career of teaching, a principal or a parent is likely to ask a teacher the following question: Why do you believe that the way you are teaching is better than other competing approaches to teaching?Knowing how to answer this question can make all the difference in the teacher’s instructional confidence and commitment to equity.The dual-degree program will provide resources for answering this question drawn from courses on effective instruction, curriculum design, and experiences that invite a philosophical exploration of teaching styles. The essential question guiding learning in this domain is- Why do I value a certain approach to teaching?
The most successful teachers in K-12 schools show up and embody a sense of calling into the profession of teaching.Students realize that their teacher cares deeply about the subject matter and these teachers constantly look for ways to introduce their students to the love of learning.The dual degree program will offer you many opportunities in courses and field experiences to reflect on the ways that teaching may or may not be core to your sense of selfhood.The essential question guiding learning in this domain is: What are the passions and gifts that I bring to the classroom?
-Graduate Level Work
Dual degree students are expected to approach their learning at a level of scholarly thought, critical analysis, and creative problem solving consistent with earning a Master’s degree.This means paying attention to the content of academic material you read in class and reflecting on the ways that educational writings influence your thinking about schooling.The essential question guiding learning in this domain is: Which intellectual tradition best supports my approach to instructional design and implementation?
The Dual Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Program in TEP is an approved program in which a University of Denver undergraduate student begins taking classes toward a graduate degree program prior to earning a baccalaureate degree. Both degrees must be earned within five years of matriculation into the undergraduate degree program. Dual degree students in the TEP program take nine hours of graduate course work in their senior year (all nine hours double-count as undergraduate and graduate level course work).Dual degree students are assigned an academic advisor in the TEP program who will guide the student toward appropriate graduate courses in the Morgridge College of Education (MCE).The nine hours of MCE course work can be spread across the fall, winter, or spring quarter; or stacked into one or two quarters.The licensure course work for the dual degree programs begins the summer (early August) after completing the undergraduate degree and continues through the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the fifth year. Licensure areas include: K-12 Art, K-12 Music, K-12 Spanish, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education (Math, Science, Social Studies, and English).
Dual degree students should initiate the admissions process in the winter of their junior year, in preparation to be accepted to begin their graduate course work as early as the first quarter of their senior year.Applicants should expect a rigorous admissions process including a full review of their materials as well as an on-campus interview, typically in the spring.
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
Dual degree students who matriculated into their undergraduate program prior to fall 2013 will receive the following awards
a.Award from Office of Financial Aid for a fifth year of aid similar to what they received for their entire undergrad program (this is distributed over fall, winter and spring).
b.Award from MCE for the summer one term which is taken the summer after completing an undergraduate degree.
Dual degree students who matriculated into their undergraduate program in fall 2013 or after, will no longer receive aid in their fifth year from the DU Office of Financial Aid and will instead be eligible for the same scholarship package all incoming TEP students receive from the MCE[i].
Please contact the Morgridge College of Education for information on current levels of financial support.As a graduate student, dual degree students are eligible for higher levels of federal financial aid.Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.
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Dual-Degree Curriculum and Scholarship Support
Winter of Junior Year
-Apply and be accepted to Teacher Education Program
-Take nine hours of course work either evenly split (three credits each quarter) or unevenly distributed across the three quarters
-Take 43 hours of teacher preparation courses starting in August and concluding at the end of the spring quarter
-Tuition paid at undergraduate rate minus undergraduate financial aid package
- Students starting undergraduate degree prior to fall 2013(receive fifth year support at current undergraduate support)
- Students starting undergraduate degree after fall 2013 (undergraduate rate ends and graduate students are eligible forMCE scholarship support)
[i] Boettcher and Daniels Fund students will be continue to receive the undergraduate award level in the fifth year. These awards will be funded through MCE.