TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM: MASTERS DEGREE IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION/TEACHER LICENSURE

Our Teacher Education Program (TEP) offers an intensive, integrated, professional preparation experience. As an apprentice teacher, you will be in one field placement for the entire academic year with a gradual release of teaching responsibility over the year. You can pursue a master’s degree and licensure within this program, or just licensure.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The program learning outcomes for the Teacher Education Program are as follows:

  • Engage: The Teacher Candidate: Engages students in an inclusive and supportive learning community.
  • Plan: The Teacher Candidate: Plans rigorous and relevant, standards-and outcome-based lesson and unit plans.
  • Teach: The Teacher Candidate: Teaches equitably by establishing high expectations for student achievement and providing support.
  • Lead: The Teacher Candidate: Leads by exemplifying standards of professional practice.
Why cHOOSE THE tEACHER eDUCATION pROGRAM

  • Get your MA degree and CO Teaching License in one year.
  • Study at the prestigious University of Denver.
  • Get hands-on experience in the classroom from day one.
Choose between an MA with Licensure or Traditional Licensure

The TEP MA program can meet your specific needs as an educator.

TEP: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Licensure

Gain the skills needed to become a successful, effective educator. Our program offers small class sizes, extensive peer support (we follow a cohort model), high academic standards, conveniently scheduled classes (all courses are held one day per week), and a closely supervised field experience with linguistically and culturally diverse students. Approximately 95% of TEP apprentice teachers pursue a master’s degree with a teacher licensure. You will complete teacher licensure requirements in 10 months and master’s specialization courses in two months. It takes just one year to complete Program requirements Upon acceptance into TEP, you must complete the PRAXIS II exam which will assess your content knowledge. To graduate, you’ll need to complete 52-quarter credit hours, a 10-month field placement in a diverse elementary or secondary school, and program coursework and expectations.

  • You will choose to specialize in one of seven concentration areas: Elementary Education (K–6), Special Education (K-12), Secondary Science (6–12), Secondary Math (6–12), Secondary Social Studies (6–12), or Secondary English (6–12).
  • As an apprentice teacher, you will be required to complete 840 hours of fieldwork in public school classrooms with diverse student populations. You must be at your fieldwork site three days a week during fall and winter quarters and four or five days a week in the spring quarter. A gradual release of responsibility leads to solo teaching throughout your ten-month residency.
  • To qualify for the Curriculum and Instruction M.A., you must complete nine-quarter credit hours of courses in a specific cognate area. Cognate areas include Aesthetics, Cultural Linguistic Diversity, Gifted Education, K–6 Mathematics, Literacy, or Special Education.

Licensure and endorsements Upon completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply for a Colorado Initial Teacher License from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). NOTE: If you plan to attend the University of Denver with a student visa, view important information about licensure. Approximate completion time 12 months or five quarters (beginning in the summer quarter and finishing the following summer quarter)

TEP: Teacher Licensure Only

Pursue teaching licensure without completing a master’s degree. Comprehensive coursework and a 10-month field placement in a diverse elementary or secondary school ensure you fulfill the requirements for licensure by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Program requirements To graduate, you will need to complete 43-quarter credit hours, a 10-month field placement in a diverse elementary or secondary school, and program coursework and expectations.

  • You will choose to specialize in one of seven concentration areas: Elementary Education (K–6), Special Education (K-12), Secondary Science (6–12), Secondary Math (6–12), Secondary Social Studies (6–12), or Secondary English (6–12).
  • As an apprentice teacher, you will be required to complete 840 hours of fieldwork in public school classrooms with diverse student populations. You must be at your fieldwork site three days a week during fall and winter quarters, and four or five days a week in the spring quarter. A gradual release of responsibility leads to solo teaching throughout your ten-month residency.

Licensure and endorsements Upon completion of this program you will earn a graduate certificate that allows you to apply for a Colorado Initial Teacher Licensefrom the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). NOTE: If you plan to attend the University of Denver with a student visa, view important information about licensure. Approximate completion time 10 months or four quarters (beginning in the summer quarter and finishing the following spring quarter)

CONTACTS

Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee
303-871-6597, KRH 245
Rashida.Banerjee@du.edu

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan
303-871-7013
Kara.Duggan@du.edu

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
mce@du.edu
Office Hours: By appointment only

“I wanted to start teaching as soon as possible and the TEP program enabled me to do so.” – TEP Student

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