2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 05, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Teacher Education and Licensure Program (TELP)


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The Teacher Education and Licensure Program (TELP) is a four-year program that allows students to earn a degree from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) and to meet licensure requirements in elementary or secondary education. This program includes a one-year intensive combination of methods courses and fieldwork known as the Professional Year. Upon successful completion of the Professional Year, teacher candidates are recommended for teacher licensure from the State of Colorado in elementary education (grades K-6) and secondary (grades 7-12) English language arts, social studies, and world languages. Undergraduate students seeking a baccalaureate degree from LAS select an approved major and fulfill the requirements for both the BA/BS and licensure. Candidates who have already earned a baccalaureate degree apply for the Licensure Only (post-baccalaureate) option with the opportunity to apply nine credits toward the MA in Curriculum and Instruction. The undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs have their own admission processes beyond the admission requirements of the University.

TELP leads to an initial teaching license in the State of Colorado. Post-baccalaureate students have the option to take three of the four core classes at the graduate level and apply them to an MA in Curriculum & Instruction within a five-year period.

Undergraduates, however, cannot use those credits toward both their BA degree and their MA degree.

There are two separate strands of licensure for both undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students: elementary and secondary. The course requirements for the two strands differ and are listed on our website.

Central Features of TELP

  • Integration of education courses with professional field experiences

  • Over 1000 hours of supervised and mentored field experiences

  • Focus on embracing diversity and social justice throughout coursework and experiences

  • Preparation of teacher candidates with evidence-based pedagogy and best practices through carefully designed methods courses

  • Cohort model situated in partner schools with support from clinical teachers (mentor teachers), site coordinators (building liaisons), and site professors (university supervisors)

  • Set sequence of courses from May to May, commonly known as the Professional Year 

Faculty

  • Katie Anderson-Pence, Ph.D., Program Coordinator IEE, Assistant Professor

  • Linda Button, Ed. D., Assistant Chair, Senior Instructor

  • Timothy Callahan, M.A., Senior Instructor

  • Grant Clayton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Barbara Frye, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Associate Professor

  • Leslie Grant, Ph.D. Associate Professor

  • Karen Halverson, Ed.D., Director of Teacher Education, License Programs and Field Experience

  • Mary Hanson, M.A., Instructor

  • Kylie Swanson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Christi Kasa, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  • Mark Malone, Ph.D., Department Chair, Professor

  • Ji Hyun Oh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Kathleen Randolph, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Monica Yoo, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Undergraduate Program Requirements


Licensure requires 42 hours in addition to an undergraduate major.

Undergraduate students seeking a bachelor’s degree and licensure in elementary (K-6) or secondary education (7-12) from the College of Letters of Arts and Sciences (LAS) select an approved major and fulfill the requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and licensure. 

UCCSTeach Option: Students interested in pursuing secondary Math or Science participate in UCCSTeach, enabling them to complete a degree that meets the requirements of both their Math or Science major and licensure requirements of Colorado. 

Application and Admissions Requirements

Please visit our website for admissions information. 

Undergraduate Content Requirements

In the State of Colorado, at the undergraduate level, one must earn a content major along with fulfilling licensure requirements. UCCS students may choose one of the following:

Elementary         Secondary
 
 
 
 

*Note: Secondary Science and Math majors meet licensure requirements through the UCCSTeach Program.

Program Course Requirements

EDUC 2700 Schools, Society, and Diversity /CURR  5004 (required and recommend taking first)

SPED 3001 Introduction to Special Education /SPED 5001 Introduction to Special Education   (required)

EDUC 3900 Early School Diversity Practicum  (required and recommend taking first)

EDUC 2000 Educational Psychology/CURR 5005 Educational Psychology 

EDUC 3800 English as a Second Language for Educators  /CURR 5750 English as a Second Language for Educators (not required but highly recommended)

MATH 3010 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I  and MATH 3020 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II  (required for elementary only)

 

Elementary Strand (43-46 Credit Hours)


Recommended Sequence

Complete all core courses with a B- or better.

    Core Courses (17-20 credit hours)

*3 credit hours of EDUC 3900 Early School Diversity Practicum  are required. Each credit hour earned requires 30 hours of school experience. 

    Summer (6 credit hours)

    Fall (15 credit hours)

    Spring (12 credit hours)

Exam Requirements

In order to receive an initial license or added endorsement, students will need to complete the following exam(s):

  • PRAXIS II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects #5001
  • A minimum of 2 out of 4 subtests (reading, math, social studies, science) must be passed by July 15 just prior to  Professional Year classes. All 4 subtests must be passed prior to beginning the final semester of student teaching (IELM 4950) or by December 15th - Teacher Candidates will NOT be allowed to student teach unless they have passed this exam.

When registering to take the Praxis exam(s), students need to send their scores to UCCS (4874) and Colorado Department of Education (7040).

For more information, students should visit: www.ets.org/praxis

Students should take the exam(s) no later than the Fall semester before student teaching.

Secondary Strand (42-45 Credit Hours)


Recommended Sequence

Complete all core courses with a B- or better.

    Core Courses (12-15 credit hours)

* Each credit hour of EDUC 3900 Early School Diversity Practicum  earned requires 30 hours of school experience; 3 credit hours of this course are required. In the event that an applicant has extensive experience teaching and working in a school setting, this student may petition (Director of TELP or Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair) to waive 30 hours of volunteer time, a maximum of 1 credit. 

    Summer (6 credit hours)

    Fall (12 credit hours)

One of the following:

    Spring (12 credit hours)

Exam Requirements

In order to receive an initial license or added endorsement students will need to complete the following exam(s):

  • PRAXIS II Content Knowledge:
    • English Language Arts - Praxis II 5038
    • Social Studies - Praxis II 5081
    • World Languages: Spanish Praxis II 5195, French Praxis II 5174

The Praxis II content tests MUST be passed by December 15 of the Professional Year to proceed to student teaching.

When registering to take the Praxis exam(s), students need to send their scores to UCCS (4874) and Colorado Department of Education (7040).

For more information, students should visit: www.ets.org/praxis

Students should take the exam(s) no later than the Fall semester before student teaching.

Post Baccalaureate Requirements


Candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree will apply for the licensure-only option. Licensure requires 45 credit hours with the option of applying 9 of those hours toward a general Master of Arts in Curriculum.

UCCSTeach Option: Candidates interested in secondary Math or Science join UCCSTeach to complete their licensure requirements for Colorado. See last section of this page.

Applications and Admissions Requirements

Please visit our website for admissions information. 

Post Baccalaureate Content Requirements

     Elementary

  • Complete 3 credits U.S. History, 3 credits U.S. Government, 3 credits Economics (macro or micro), and 3 credits of World Regional or Human Geography, 3 credits American Political System, 4 credits Natural science (1 credit lab included), 3 credits English Composition, 3 credits Speech
  • Receive a B- or better in MATH 3010 and MATH 3020

     Secondary

  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Math or Science (UCCSTeach)

Other Requirements

 

Elementary Strand (43-46 Credit Hours)


Recommended Sequence

Complete all core courses with a B- or better.

     Core Courses (13-15 credit hours)

* Each credit hour of EDUC 3900 Early School Diversity Practicum  earned requires 30 hours of school experience; 3 credit hours of this course are required. In the event that an applicant has extensive experience teaching and working in a school setting, this student may petition (Director of TELP or Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair) to waive 30 hours of volunteer time, a maximum of 1 credit.

    Summer (6 credit hours)

    Fall (15 credit hours)

    Spring (12 credit hours)

Exam Requirements

In order to receive an initial license or added endorsement, students will need to complete the following exam(s):

  • PRAXIS II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects #5001
  • A minimum of 2 out of 4 subtests (reading, math, social studies, science) must be passed by July 15 just prior to  Professional Year classes. All 4 subtests must be passed prior to beginning the final semester of student teaching (IELM 4950) or by December 15th - Teacher Candidates will NOT be allowed to student teach unless they have passed this exam.

When registering to take the Praxis exam(s), students need to send their scores to UCCS (4874) and Colorado Department of Education (7040).

For more information, students should visit: www.ets.org/praxis

Students should take the exam(s) no later than the Fall semester before student teaching.

Secondary Strand (42-46 Credit Hours)


Recommended Sequence

Complete all core courses with a B- or better.

    Core Courses (12-15 credit hours)

* Each credit hour of TED 3010 earned requires 30 hours of school experience; 3 credit hours of this course are required. In the event that an applicant has extensive experience teaching and working in a school setting, this student may petition (Director of TELP or Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair) to waive 30 hours of volunteer time, a maximum of 1 credit.

    Summer (6 credit hours)

  • EDUC 4500 Secondary Classroom Management
  • EDUC 4610 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Area

    Fall (12 credit hours)

One of the following:

  • TED 4710 Secondary English Methods 
  • TED 4920 - Secondary Math Methods  
  • EDUC 4630 - Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation
  • EDUC 4750 - Secondary Spanish Methods

    Spring (12 credit hours)

Exam Requirements

In order to receive an initial license or added endorsement students will need to complete the following exam(s):

  • PRAXIS II Content Knowledge:
    • English Language Arts - Praxis II 5038
    • Social Studies - Praxis II 5081
    • World Languages: Spanish Praxis II 5195, French Praxis II 5174

The Praxis II content tests MUST be passed by December 15 of the Professional Year to proceed to student teaching.

When registering to take the Praxis exam(s), students need to send their scores to UCCS (4874) and Colorado Department of Education (7040).

For more information, students should visit: www.ets.org/praxis

Students should take the exam(s) no later than the Fall semester before student teaching.

UCCSTeach - Secondary Teacher Licensure Program for Math/Science Majors


The UCCSTeach program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is an inquiry-based teacher license program for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate STEM professionals who are interested in pursuing secondary mathematics and science education.  By partnering with academic departments, undergraduates in the UCCSTeach program can obtain both a STEM bachelor’s degree and a secondary teaching license.  These academic departments include Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering Education, Mathematics, and Physics. Post-baccalaureates in STEM can also complete the UCCSTeach curriculum to obtain a secondary teaching license.  The overarching goal of the UCCSTeach program is to provide students with strong STEM content knowledge and quality teaching experiences in order to become highly effective secondary STEM educators.

The UCCSTeach program is collaboratively housed between the College of Education and the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences with a co-director representing each college. The UCCSTeach program, a replication of the national UTeach model, is built on strong research-based foundations. Several hallmarks of the UCCSTeach program include:

  • Early and repeated teaching opportunities- in field-based courses. UCCSTeach pre-service candidates begin the program in a Step 1 course and are provided with immediate opportunities to work in K-12 classrooms.  
  • A focus on inquiry-based instruction. The UCCSTeach program includes a strong focus on leveraging inquiry-based teaching models to support student learning. Research supports that this style of teaching can improve learning outcomes and engagement among students of all levels.
  • Targeted support from faculty and staff with diverse expertise. Our students receive individualized attention and guidance from experienced faculty and staff who have years of teaching and administrative experience in education.

 

Click here for information on UCCSTeach and the various degree plans.

Faculty

  • Lisa Hines, Sc.D., Co-Director and Associate Professor (Biology)
  • Pat McGuire, Ph.D., Co-Director and Associate Professor (Teaching and Learning)
  • Robert Gagnon, Senior Instructor/Master Teacher
  • Cory Gavitt, Senior Instructor/Master Teacher
  • Josie Smith, Senior Instructor/Master Teacher
  • Curtis Turner, Senior Instructor/Master Teacher
  • Michelle Pittman, Program Coordinator

Application and Admissions Process

Visit our website for requirements.

Course Requirements (32 Credit Hours)


* Field hours required for these courses. 

 

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