Teacher Education at MSU Denver
Colorado’s understanding that high-quality teachers are key to educating informed, productive American citizens has never been greater. MSU Denver is at the forefront of training educators to be caring and competent decision-makers in their classrooms, schools and communities.
MSU Denver’s School of Education is the second-largest teacher-training program in Colorado. It offers a curriculum that acknowledges:
- Colorado has an increasingly multicultural population, especially in the seven-county Denver metropolitan area;
- Global understanding is necessary in an increasingly interconnected world;
- The integral relationship between education – our schools – and maintaining our democratic society;
- The importance of following current best practices while seeking new and even better teaching methods;
- Technology has an important role in 21st century education.
Teacher Education Program (TEP) students learn how children develop individual social-emotional and cognitive thinking to become successful learners. They also acquire an understanding of how important the relationships among children, their families, communities, and their teachers and schools are to successful learning.
Teacher Education at MSU Denver involves all departments in the university in a collaborative effort to prepare the state’s best teachers. Many MSU Denver faculty members have K-12 teaching backgrounds.
A key premise of MSU Denver’s Teacher Education Programs is that future teachers learn best by practicing with feedback and reflection. Students undergo three field experiences – hundreds of hours – in Denver-area classrooms working with experienced teacher-mentors to learn and practice the skills critical to educating Colorado’s children. They practice, plan and teach lessons corresponding to their methods classes, prior to entering the residency program.
Diversity in the Teaching Program
As Colorado’s urban land-grant university, MSU Denver’s Teacher Education Program students mirror the general population in race and ethnicity.
Teacher Education Programs are particularly geared to providing great teachers for urban schools and we have formed partnerships with several Denver-area school districts. A Culturally & Linguistically Diverse K-12 license endorsement is available that prepares teachers to work in ESL and/or bilingual classrooms.
For more information about MSU Denver’s School of Education and the Teacher Education Program, visit their website at http://www.msudenver.edu/education/