Jul 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Education and Human Development, Elementary Education BA - Rural Partnership with Otero Junior College


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The Education and Human Development major focuses on engaging Colorado’s rapidly diversifying student and family population. It combines cutting-edge research with real classroom experiences. You’ll learn from innovative faculty members who are locally, nationally and internationally recognized for their research in elementary education. They will provide you with a robust knowledge base and relevant learning experiences in children’s thinking, culturally responsive education, and supporting English language learners, as well as technology as it relates to teaching children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. You’ll engage in powerful classroom experiences and benefit from our rich 20-year history of partnerships with local school districts.

We will prepare you to become a highly effective, innovative and compassionate elementary teacher skilled in improving student performance and reaching the needs of today’s diverse learners in a variety of school settings. You will have the skills to be a teacher leader. CU Denver graduates often go on to acquire positions in educational leadership as their careers progress.

This program is a rural partnership with Otero Junior College (OJC) in La Junta, Colorado. Students take the first two years of the program at OJC to complete an Associate of Arts degree and then transfer to CU Denver to complete the BA - EDHD Elementary Education degree in the final two years. During the final two years, students complete CU Denver coursework remotely from La Junta and are not required to travel to Denver.  Advising is provided during all four years of the program, whether students are OJC or CU Denver students.  Coursework is delivered in a variety of ways, including online, video conferencing, in-person in La Junta, and fieldwork in rural Colorado in and around La Junta.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program in La Junta with a variety of delivery options for many of our courses including hybrid, evening, weekend, and online courses.

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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum total of 126 semester hours for the EDHD Elementary Education Track.
  2. Students must  pass the appropriate Praxis Exam prior to beginning their final semester of their Professional Year.  It is recommended students complete the exam in the year prior to their Professional Year.
  3. Application to the last year of the program, the Professional Year Residency is required. After successfully completing all other Core, major, and elective courses, all students must apply for admission into the Professional Year. Requirements for admission include a 3.0 GPA, positive letters of recommendation, successful evaluations of earlier clinical experiences, and a successful interview. (Students with a lower GPA may be considered under certain conditions. Please see SEHD website.)
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.0, grade of C or better, is required for all courses applying to EDHD - Elementary Education requirements unless otherwise specified.
  5. Students must complete and maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average in Professional Year coursework to complete licensure requirements. Please see an advisor for more information on this requirement.
  6. Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the major.