Lakewood, Colorado

Colorado Christian University

Undergraduate Elementary, Traditional

Suggested citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). Colorado Christian University Undergraduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set].
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Selection Criteria
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Diverse Recruitment
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Comments on analysis

Courses reviewed: RDG 324, RDG 447, and RDG 457

The research-based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of a program's required reading courses — not just some courses — should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program meets the standard because its coursework covers all five of the components of effective reading instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Strategies

Elementary Mathematics
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Students cannot excel in mathematics without skillful instruction in the earliest years of school. Teacher candidates generally require three semesters of coursework, complemented by adequate field practice, to progress from a procedural to a conceptual understanding of the essential mathematics topics taught in the elementary grades.

Courses reviewed: MAT 112, MAT 202, and MAT 302

Through a review of the coursework noted above, the program was found to provide teacher candidates with good coverage of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability.

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Building Knowledge
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Because they teach all subjects, elementary teacher candidates need to have a solid grasp of literature and composition, American and world history, geography and science. Teacher candidates should also develop some expertise outside of their professional studies, not only to enrich their own academic experience, but also to serve as a fallback major in the event that the student teaching experience is unsuccessful.

Requirements established by the program and/or the institution in which it is located ensure that all elementary certification candidates must take relevant classes in the checked topics below.

Literature & Composition
 ✗ World literature
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers, at a minimum but not exclusively, both the major literary genres and the significant works and movements of Western literature, beginning with ancient Greek and/or Roman sources.
 ✔ American literature
 ✔ Writing, grammar and composition
 ✗ Children's literature
Consider revising required coursework in Children's literature so that it provides an introduction to major authors, works and forms of children's literature and includes some examination of children's literature as an historical phenomenon.
History & Geography
 ✔ Early American history
 ✔ Modern American history or Government
 ✗ World history—ancient
 ✗ World history—modern
 ✔ Geography
 ✔ Biology
 ✗ Chemistry
 ✗ Physics
 ✔ Earth science

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