2022-2023 Catalog 
    
    Aug 17, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog

Secondary Initial License Certificate


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The Secondary Initial License Certificate allows students to meet licensure requirements in secondary education (grades 7-12). The certificate coursework includes an intensive combination of methods courses and extensive fieldwork required throughout the duration of the program. Upon successful completion of certificate requirements, teacher candidates are recommended for initial teacher licensure from the State of Colorado in secondary education (grades 7-12) in one of the following content areas: English language arts, social studies, world languages, mathematics, or science. 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 (9) toward the MA in Curriculum and Instruction. The course requirements for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate licensure pathways may differ slightly depending upon the content area selected. 

Post-baccalaureate students have the option to take up to nine (9) credit hours 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. 

**Please note: Undergraduates or transfer students must map their program of study with their academic advisor/LAS advisor prior to consulting with a faculty member from the College of Education.

Central Features of Secondary Initial License Certificate

  • Integration of education courses with professional field experiences
  • Over 800 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
  • Field experiences occur in partner schools and teacher candidates are provided support from mentor teachers, building liaisons, and university supervisors
  • Culminating student teaching experience during the final year of the certificate program

Faculty

  • Timothy Callahan, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Grant Clayton, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Robert Gagnon, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Cory Gavitt, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Leslie Grant, Ph.D. Associate Professor
  • Mary Hanson, M.A., Instructor
  • Lisa Hines, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Co-Director UCCSTeach
  • Christi Kasa, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Katie McCabe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Patrick McGuire, Ph.D., Professor, Co-Director UCCSTeach
  • Ji Hyun Oh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Kathy Randolph, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
  • Josie Smith, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Curtis Turner, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Monica Yoo, Ph.D., Program Coordinator for Secondary Education, Associate Professor

Required Coursework


Required courses differ (based on content area) are included below: 

English Language Arts, Social Studies, and World Language

Teacher candidates pursuing initial licensure in secondary English language arts, Social Studies or World Language will complete the following program sequence:

Mathematics

Teacher candidates pursuing initial licensure in Secondary Mathematics (grades 7-12) will complete the thirty-three (33) credit UCCSTeach program sequence as follows: 

Science

Teacher candidates pursuing initial licensure in Secondary Science (grades 7-12) will complete the thirty-three (33) credit UCCSTeach program sequence as follows: 

Post Baccalaureate Disciplinary Foundation Strands


Students who are pursuing a post-baccalaureate pathway to a secondary teaching license must also complete courses in the following content areas, according to the licensure content area:

English Language Arts - 21 credit hours

  • 9 credits are required in literature
  • 9 credits are required in written and/or digital communication
  • 3 credits are required in oral communication

Mathematics - 24 credit hours

  • 6 credits are required in Number, Algebra, and Modeling
  • 6 credits are required in Calculus
  • 3 credits are required in Geometry
  • 3 credits are required in Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
  • 3 credits are required in Perspectives, Philosophy, and the History of Mathematics
  • 3 credits are required in Mathematics Teaching Methods

Science - 24 credit hours

  • 6 credits are required in Physical Science (includes laboratory experience)
  • 6 credits are required in Biological Science (includes laboratory experience)
  • 6 credits are required in Earth and Space Science (includes laboratory experience)
  • 3 credits are required in Mathematics
  • 3 credits are required in Science Methods

Social Studies - 21 credit hours

  • 3 credits are required in US History
  • 3 credits are required in World History
  • 3 credits are required in Cultural Geography
  • 3 credits are required in Physical Geography
  • 3 credits are required in Political Science
  • 3 credits are required in Economics
  • 3 credits are required in Behavioral/Social Sciences

World Languages - 24 credit hours

  • 12 credits are required in Language (i.e. Phonology, conversation, listening, linguistics, grammar, composition, etc.)
  • 6 credits are required in Literature of the Language
  • 6 credits are required in Culture of the Language

Additional Information on Licensure


Upon completion of the program, students can apply for an initial teaching license in secondary education (grades 7-12) in a specific content area from the Colorado Department of Education. 

Exam Requirements

In order to receive an initial license, students will need to receive a passing score on one of the following PRAXIS II exams, according to their content area. 

  • English Language Arts: Content Knowledge #5038
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge #5081
  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge #5161
  • Science: Content Knowledge #5434
  • Spanish: World Language #5195
  • French: World Language #5174

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

For more information, students should visit the PRAXIS website

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