Chairperson: Ed Crowther, Ph.D. (Kurt Cary - associate chair)
Email: teachered AT adams DOT edu
Telephone: (719) 587-7776    
Professor(s): Linda Christian, Ph.D.; Joel Judd, Ph.D.   
Assoc. Professor(s): Anicia Alvarez, Ph.D.; Michele Trujillo, Ed.D.   
Asst. Professor(s): Javier Gonzalez, M.A.; Anthony Romero, Ph.D.; Stephanie Hensley, M.A.   

The Teacher Education Department of Adams State University is committed to student learning and quality teaching through the preparation of knowledgeable K - 12 professionals as educational leaders who facilitate learning for all students, particularly in rural regions.

Based upon the model of the professional educator as a reflective decision-maker, the Department of Teacher Education prepares: 

  • Educational leaders who actively participate in school improvement, applying the skills necessary to facilitate school reform while fostering collaboration and cooperation amongst multiple stakeholders 
  • Competent professionals who seek out and manage resources to support instruction, engage in constructive discourse on a wide range of educational issues, understand and implement state standards, and model best practices
  • Culturally responsive teachers who facilitate learning for all students

Content and pedagogical preparation includes:

  • a liberal arts education and content area knowledge in the area of licensure 
  • application of evidence-based theories and strategies of learning and instruction to classroom practice, including: 
    • literacy 
    • Colorado content standards based curriculum 
    • instructional management 
    • formal and informal assessment practices 
    • instructional strategies that address a wide range of learning styles, including effective strategies for linguistically and culturally diverse students

The Department of Teacher Education is authorized by the Colorado State Board of Education to provide licensure and endorsement programs.


Master of Arts in Education

with endorsements or emphases in:

Master of Arts in Education - Boettcher Teacher Residency

The Boettcher Teacher Residency is an intensive, residency-based, dual licensure and master's degree program designed to recruit, prepare and retain outstanding teachers for rural schools. No previous teaching experience is required.

Master of Arts in Special Education Generalist

The five-semester M.A. in Special Education Generalist leading to a State of Colorado Special Education Generalist (ages 5-21) endorsement equips teachers with the skills and information needed to:

  • teach in a general education classroom or self-contained special education classroom
  • work in a related field in special education
  • teach in partnership in an inclusive education setting

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Elementary Education Licensure

Students preparing to be elementary teachers complete an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with coursework and field experience in literacy and language, content methods and education practices. An emphasis in one of the following approved academic areas is required:

  • art
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • music
  • physical education
  • science
  • social studies
  • Spanish 

The following optional added endorsements are offered and require coursework, field hours, and student teaching in addition to that required for the initial elementary license.

Bachelor of Arts with K-12 Education Licensure

Degree majors:

Bachelor of Arts with Secondary Education Licensure

Students preparing to teach in a content area, grades 7-12, must complete an undergraduate degree in a state-approved content area (business, English, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language) with coursework and field experience in educational practices, content area literacy, and content methods. Available degree majors for the secondary teacher licensure program are biology, business administration, chemistry, earth science, English, history/government (social studies emphasis), mathematics, Spanish, and theatre.

Early Childhood Education Endorsement
Special Education Generalist Endorsement