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Degree Type: Associate of Arts Degree, AA

Pathway: Public Service & Social Sciences

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range

Transferability: Transferable

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Why choose Education at PPSC?

An Education degree from PPSC will get you to the front of the classroom. You'll be prepared teach in variety of settings, from K-6th grade. A degree from PPSC, plus more advanced degrees, can lead you to anywhere in academia.

What do PPSC Education students study?

When you study Elementary Education Teacher Preparation at PPSC you will participate in robust multidisciplinary courses geared toward developing standard knowledge and proficiencies required in elementary education. You will discover a deeper understanding of teaching and learn how to:

  • Plan lessons that teach students various subjects.
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Teach planned lessons to large and small classes.
  • Grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress.
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress.
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges.
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state.
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules.
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom.

Is becoming a teacher right for me?

Ask yourself the following questions when considering whether or not to start your career in education. If you answer yes, then this might be the right path for you.

  • Do you want to help shape and mold the next generation of citizens?
  • Do you have a passion for working with children and embrace diversity?
  • Are you patient, kind and caring, honest and trustworthy, dependable and have good moral character?
  • Would you enjoy a demanding and ridged work schedule for most of the year, but have your summers free?
  • Do you enjoy working on a team?
  • Are you a talented communicator, both written and spoken, with good interpersonal skills?
  • Do you possess good critical thinking skills and exercise sound decision-making?
  • Are you good at explaining things and helping others understand something new?

Education Classes You Might Take

You may take a variety of of classes when pursuing your degree in Education. They include:

class 1

Focuses on the historical, social, political, philosophical, cultural, and economic forces that shape the United States public school system. Includes current issues of educational reform, technology as it relates to education, and considerations related to becoming a teacher in the state of Colorado. Special interest will be paid to the topic of diversity in the K-12 school system.

class 2

Examines the nature of energy and matter, their interactions and changes, and the application of fundamental concepts to the study of our natural world. These concepts will be explored in hands-on laboratory experiments. This course integrates the fundamental concepts and ideas about the nature of physics and chemistry with the natural world.

class 3

Focuses on the growth and development of the individual, from conception through childhood, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors.

Includes the background of the U.S. Constitution; the philosophy of American government; general principles of the Constitution; federalism; and civil liberties. Examines public opinion and citizen participation; political parties, interest groups, and the electoral process; and the structure and functions of the national government.

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Voices of PPSC

Karen Medville

Voices of PPSC

PPSC laid the foundation for me to build on. It provided the appropriate level of course work that I needed in order to believe in myself.

Karen Medville
American Indian Program Manager | Class of 1985

Education Faculty Contact

Althea Jordan 
(719) 502-3300
Centennial Campus F300

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