Denver Teaching Programs with Course and Degree Summaries

Mar 04, 2019

Research teaching programs in Denver, which currently has around 16 colleges and universities offering training in this field. To decide which one is right for you, read an overview of degree options and program requirements at three schools located within about a mile of the central part of the city.

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Teaching Schools in Denver

The Denver area has a few schools for people interested in teaching, and the three featured in this article are just a few minutes from the downtown area. Begin with a table of facts and figures about each institution, then get details about focus areas, required courses, and fieldwork for the profiled schools. For additional options, further information on two other colleges in the area is provided at the end.

  • Located about a mile from the city's center, Metropolitan State University of Denver offers programs including three education bachelor's degrees, a post-baccalaureate licensure option, and a master's degree in teaching.
  • The University of Colorado Denver houses Colorado's largest graduate education school and is located less than a mile from downtown. Students can choose from a bachelor's degree program in elementary education, two master's degree programs, and a special education teaching licensure program.
  • The Community College of Denver offers two associate's degrees in early childhood education with credits that transfer to state 4-year colleges and universities. The campus is about a mile from Denver's downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

Take a bit of time to look over the table below to get additional info about the profiled schools. Factors like tuition and fee rates can make all the difference when selecting a college.

Metropolitan State University of Denver University of Colorado Denver Community College of Denver
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year (primarily associate's), public
Total Enrollment (2017) 20,304* 24,839* 8,556*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2018-2019) $7,666 in state;
$20,847 out-of-state*
$9,283 in-state;
$25,771 out-of-state*
$4,750 in-state;
$15,830 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 71%* 74%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 64%* 65%* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 63% full-time* 67% full-time* 55% full-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 28% (Students who started in 2011)* 45% (Students who started in 2011)* 10% (Students who started in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Metropolitan State College of Denver

This university offers an average class size of 21 students. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1, students can choose from more than 85 majors and 70 minors. The school had a total enrollment of approximately 20,000 students as of fall 2018.

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education

This 4-year program qualifies students to teach special education in elementary and secondary school, offering concentrations in elementary, early childhood, linguistically diverse, or secondary education. There are also minor and post-baccalaureate licensure programs in special education. In addition to general education courses, students may study topics such as emotional development and disorders, language acquisition, instructional planning, classroom intervention, and literacy instruction for students with disabilities.

Bachelor of Arts with Early Childhood Education Licensure

Students who want to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade in Colorado public schools can take this licensure program. They are encouraged to choose human development as a major but may also select speech, language, and hearing sciences. Courses include a student teaching seminar that focuses on instructional methods and literacy.

Post-Baccalaureate Early Childhood Education Licensure

Students who already hold a bachelor's degree can enroll in this licensing program. Although the school encourages a major in human development, students can also major in the speech, language, and hearing sciences. Early childhood education courses include foundations of early childhood education, integrated curriculum and technology, and planning and management with a literacy emphasis. Student teaching is mandatory.

Master of Arts in Teaching

This professional licensing program is designed for those who already hold a bachelor's degree. Graduate students can choose between two areas of concentration: elementary education or special education. The elementary education track prepares them to teach in K-6 classrooms, while the special education track trains students to work with children and adolescents with a wide range of disabilities. Both tracks require supervised classroom experience.

University of Colorado Denver

This university provides financial aid to 74% of full-time students. Additionally, students receive more than $35 million in grants and scholarships per year.

Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development with a Track in Elementary Education

This program can be taken on campus with options for online or hybrid coursework. In order to earn their degrees, students must successfully complete 126 credits. Topics include classroom communities, digital teaching, learning and development, and the assessment of child learners.

Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development with a Track in Special Education

This 125-credit-hour program is for students seeking to become special education teachers. This program has a holistic approach to special education where students learn responsive teaching and leadership skills. The program's format can vary from on-campus, to hybrid, to strictly online.

Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and provides the teaching fundamentals needed to work with children from birth to age 8. It can be taken on campus or online, and emphasizes training in evaluation and research, child growth and development, multicultural perspectives, and curriculum development.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

Students in this program can choose from concentrations in areas like reading and writing, English education, math education, science education, and special education. Two degree paths are offered: personalized professional or MA plus endorsement. The MA program is geared toward teachers who have already earned their licensure.

Community College of Denver

Denver's community college provides multiple opportunities for non-traditional learners to earn an education degree and enter the workforce. The education program prepares students to go on to a 4-year degree program or to work as a teacher's aide upon graduation.

Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education

This 60-credit program qualifies students for transfer to any Colorado 4-year college or university that offers an elementary education program. Students can expect to take courses such as introduction to education and child development.

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

The AAS degree program trains students to care for and educate children up to eight years old. Major courses include guidance strategies for young children, child growth and development, curriculum development, and administration. Students must also fulfill general education requirements.

Other Schools

Teaching certification courses are also available at Aspen University, located about four miles from downtown Denver, and at University of Denver, just five miles away.

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