Elementary Licensure

Program Requirements

Students seeking Elementary Licensure (grades K-6) must complete the interdisciplinary requirements of the Elementary Education Major, all other University requirements, and the Elementary Licensure requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Education. Students pursuing Elementary Licensure must meet all requirements for admission to the Teacher Licensure Program before taking EDUC 340 Application of Pedagogy and Practice and being eligible to enter the residency year. Students must complete all coursework required within the academic major prior to beginning the clinical residency and complementary Education coursework, or have documented content and education advisor permission. The clinical residency experience begins each fall for one full year, and students may be placed in more than one K-6 classroom. Students have both in-state and out-of-state placement options. After attending the summer session orientation to the residency program on campus, students are highly encouraged to follow the K-6 school year calendar for the school in which they are placed, not the Western academic calendar (i.e. beginning on the day the mentor teacher reports for duty, take K-6 school holidays, participate in K-6 school professional development and in-service opportunities, end the final day teachers are required to report, etc.). Master mentor teachers are selected carefully to ensure that Western students completing their clinical residencies have strong professional role models. The potential mentor teacher will self-assess his or her knowledge of the education standards and standard elements. Students accepting these placements are expected to successfully complete the year-long clinical residency, in order to be recommended for Initial Licensure. Students who do not successfully complete the year-long residency will be withdrawn from the Teacher Licensure Program and must appeal to the Performance Review Committee for readmission. The other education courses in the program are offered online throughout the year.

Students who are placed in a classroom where there is no CLD population or who choose not to complete at least one semester of EDUC 459 Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching, which requires the student to demonstrate a minimum of 135 hours’ instruction with English Language Learning students, will be required to take EDUC 458 Elementary Student Teaching for a total of 6 student teaching credits.

The residency for Elementary Licensure must be completed in a K-6 classroom and students are expected to work cooperatively 24 hours per week with qualified mentor teachers. During this year-long clinical residency, the student is applying and extending the pedagogical knowledge that he or she is learning in the Education courses. To be recommended for an Initial Elementary License, the student resident must perform at “3, Proficiency” level in all relevant standard elements in the elementary (K-6) classroom. Student residents must demonstrate the ability to apply the standard/standard element in an elementary classroom setting, assess K-6 student learning, and evaluate their own teaching performance. The level expected of well prepared, first year teachers is “3, Proficiency.”

The Elementary Licensure Program requires 36 credits of Education coursework and the Gateway course (including 6 credits of EDUC 458 Elementary Student Teaching or 3 credits each of EDUC 458 Elementary Student Teaching and EDUC 459 Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching): 

EDUC 000Education Gateway Course0
EDUC 102Issues and Trends in American Education3
EDUC 316Introduction to Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students3
EDUC 340Application of Pedagogy and Practice3
EDUC 400Foundations for Literacy: Phonology and Linguistics3
EDUC 401Assessment for Prevention and Intervention3
EDUC 402Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Fluency3
EDUC 404Creating Positive Learning Environments3
EDUC 405Data-driven Instructional Practices3
EDUC 413Mathematical Investigations3
EDUC 417Teaching and Assessing Writing with the Linguistically Diverse Student in Mind3
EDUC 458Elementary Student Teaching3
EDUC 459Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching3
Total Credits36