CU is a leader in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education. The School of Education in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences developed and is a national leader in the Learning Assistant model. Additional, CU was one of the original 13 institutions selected to replicate the U Teach Model. Both the LA and CU Teach programs help us prepare outstanding secondary math and science teachers.
The Learning Assistant (LA) Model at the University of Colorado-Boulder uses the transformation of large-enrollment science courses as a mechanism for achieving four goals:
The transformation of large-enrollment courses involves creating environments in which students can interact with one another, engage in collaborative problem solving, and articulate and defend their ideas. To accomplish this, undergraduate LAs are hired to facilitate small-group interaction in our large-enrollment courses.
CU Teach is a four-year degree/licensure program that allows students to complete a rigorous education in a mathematics or science major and fulfill requirements for a Colorado initial teaching license in secondary mathematics or secondary science. It is a unique collaborative program between the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education. CU Teach students get immediate hands-on K-12 teaching experience by enrolling in the first course in the program, STEP 1 (EDUC 2020). Students can enroll in Step 1 as early as their freshman year at CU. In addition to taking courses from research faculty in the School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, CU Teach students get support from Mentor Teachers (current K-12 teachers) and Master Teachers (CU faculty who are veteran classroom teachers). The student organization hosts activities and events that are social as well as service-oriented, and that help students develop career networks.
The Education Diversity Scholars (EDS) program works with the University of Colorado’s LEAD Alliance Neighborhood to provide students of color and first-generation college students with social and academic support, as well as advising on financial support and career preparation. The goal of the program is to offer students a welcoming environment and a strong support network in order to help them excel in their chosen fields. By participating in the Diversity Scholars neighborhood, students have access to the personal contact and support of a small community while still being able to take advantage of the benefits of a large university.
The School of Education sponsors two graduate student groups: