Future Educator

  • Future EducatorThe Future Educator Pathway is a CTE Pathway that includes innovation, dual enrollment course work, and in-person class observations 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. Courses may be taken alone or students may participate in an apprenticeship. For additional Future Educator Apprenticeship information, please see “Future Educator Apprenticeship” under the “Work-based Learning” section in the CTE Districtwide Course Guide. UCD classes will require additional fees for students not participating in the apprenticeship. For more information about this program, please check the Cherry Creek Schools CTE website for schedules and links to upcoming informational sessions.

Future Educator - Year 1

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

    Grade: 11, 12

    Year: 2.0 credits (each course 0.5)

    Estimated Course Fees: may be applicable

    Concurrent/Dual Enrollment: 12 credit hours total 

    Location: Hybrid

    EDHD 1030 - Early Ed Field Experience
    Working within the community to support children’s learning requires competencies explored in this course. The experiences of seminar, paired with working at a local school or community-based context, will help students develop theoretical grounding as a community based educator. This course requires the student to be placed at a CCSD elementary school for observation hours. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to and from observation hours.

    STEM 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.

    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.

    SPED 1400 - Universal Design for Learning
    This course will introduce Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an important, contemporary educational philosophy, with an emphasis in a set of principles & techniques that focus on strategies and tools to help ALL students by accommodating their differences in inclusive classroom settings. Candidates will also be exposed to foundational information about children with disabilities who are included in today's classroom.

Future Educator - Year 2

  • 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:

    Grade: 11, 12

    Year: 2.0 credits (each course 0.5)

    Estimated Course Fees: may be applicable

    Concurrent/Dual Enrollment: 12 credit hours total

    Location: Hybrid

    CLDE 1000 - Language, Power, & Identity
    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 1005 - Child Development
    This course focuses on the study of human growth, development and ecology from conception to adolescence. The emphasis is on the major theories of child growth and development and the implications of current research findings to better understand child development.

    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.

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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 25, 2022