Future Educator

  • Future Educator

    The Future Educator Pathway is a CTE Pathway that includes innovation, dual enrollment course work, and in-person employment in a CCSD elementary school. University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) dual enrollment coursework counts directly towards a post-secondary teaching degree. Courses follow the hybrid model, combining asynchronous and synchronous learning. For additional Future Educator Apprenticeship information, please see “Future Educator Apprenticeship” under the “Work-based Learning” section in the CTE Districtwide Course Guide. For more information about this program, please check the Cherry Creek Schools CTE website for schedules and links to upcoming informational sessions. 

    This class only meets at CCIC on specific days as designated by the instructor.

Future Educator - Year 1

  • Grade: 11, 12

    Credits per Year: 4.0 (.5 credit per UCD course + 1.0 credit per sem for Apprenticeship course) 

    Estimated Course Fees: may be applicable

    Concurrent/Dual Enrollment: 12 credit hours per year

    Location: Hybrid

    Students will select “Future Educator - Year 1” in the CTE/CCIC Application and be automatically enrolled in the following courses:  

    EDHD 1930 - Early Field Experience & Seminar
    Working within the community to support children’s learning requires competencies explored in this course. The experiences of seminar, paired with work at a local school or community-based context, will help students develop theoretical grounding as a community based educator. 

    STME 1000 - STEM Methods
    This course provides an overview of STEM practices and philosophies in PK-12 education. STEM trends, foundations of practice, and resources are examined. M 

    HDFR 1010  - Life Span Development in Ecological Settings
    This course is designed to introduce students to human development in ecological settings in particular family, school and community contexts as it occurs across the lifespan, including emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and emphasizes personal adjustment and achievement.  

    LCRT 2000 - Rebels, Villains, & Superheroes: How Children’s Literature Shapes Our Identities
    This course explores both classic and contemporary children’s and adolescent literature and media in traditional and digital texts, specifically focusing on developing literary understandings, exploring perspectives and personal responses to literature, and inquiring into trends and issues. 

    Apprenticeship
    On-the-job training: Students become hired, paid district employees. They work as para-educators (teacher aides) in our elementary or middle schools during part of their school day.   

Future Educator - Year 2

  • Grade: 11, 12

    Credits per Year: 4.0 (.5 credit per UCD course + 1.0 credit per sem for Apprenticeship course)

    Estimated Course Fees: may be applicable

    Concurrent/Dual Enrollment: 12 credit hours per year

    Location: Hybrid

    Students who have successfully completed Future Educator - Year 1 courses, will select “Future Educator - Year 2” in the CTE/CCIC Application and be automatically enrolled in the following courses:  

    CLDE 1000 - Language, Identity & Power: International Perspectives
    This course explores the relationship between language, identity, and power in various international contexts. The course considers how legacies of inequality for particular communities are reflected in societal attitudes about languages and language users and subsequent language planning. 

    SPED 1030 - Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms
    This course provides an overview of special education by examining the history of special education, construction of dis/ability, characteristics of individuals with disabilities, aspects of disproportionality, and introduction to evidence-based instructional practices. .

    HDFR 1010 - Life Span Development in Ecological Settings
    This course is designed to introduce students to human development in ecological settings in particular family, school and community contexts as it occurs across the lifespan, including emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and emphasizes personal 

    INTE 2000 - Digital Teaching and Learning
    Survey of technology for: (1) your own learning, informally and in classes; (2) your students’ learning when you become a teacher; and (3) sharing with peers and colleagues. Use tools to address problems of equity, access, and learning needs. 

    Apprenticeship
    On-the-job training: Students become hired, paid district employees. They work as para-educators (teacher aides) in our elementary or middle schools during part of their school day.     

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  • Signing Day Celebration for Future CCSD Educators

    The Cherry Creek School District held their first Future Educators Signing Day Ceremony at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, celebrating nineteen students. These students are committed to studying education in college, and plan to come back to Cherry Creek for an interview following college graduation. With a nationwide teacher shortage, the Career & Technical Education (CTE) team applauded these students’ commitment to the future.

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  • Colorado's Stories of Promising Practices

    Cherry Creek School District in 2019 started its Future Educator Pathway that allows juniors and seniors to work in the district as paraprofessionals in apprenticeships. The students get paid a district salary, get retirement benefits and credit toward a teaching degree at the University of Colorado Denver. The students get to learn the behind-the-scenes feel of teaching while getting to realize whether this is the career path they want to take. The district gets to possibly grow their own future educators through the program. 

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Last Modified on February 7, 2024