Colorado Teacher Education is Standards-based

All teacher candidates (including elementary, secondary and special education) must demonstrate competence in six teacher quality standards including: Knowledge of Content (including literacy and math), Establishing a Safe Learning Environment, Facilitating Learning, Reflection, Leadership and Student Growth.

These are called the:

The law requires that the actual teaching performance of teacher candidates be the determining factor for recommendation to CDE for licensure.

At Adams State, these standards form the basis for evaluation of teacher candidates. Candidates must demonstrate their understanding of these standards in their in their field experiences and student teaching.

Teacher candidates must also assess students relative to a set of standards established for each discipline, to write a unit of study that is designed to help students meet those standards, to teach the unit to students, and to assess resulting student-learning.

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Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate teaching these standards to their students in field experiences and student teaching.