The School of Education at Adams State University

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Make a difference in young lives as a graduate of the School of Education. With an education degree, you’ll acquire the tools to become a knowledgeable K12 professional who can facilitate learning for all students. More so, you’ll be equipped to actively participate in school improvement, applying your new skills necessary to school reform while fostering collaboration and cooperation.

Engaged and attentive faculty will prepare you for the challenges and rewards of the teaching profession by sharing instructional strategies to address a range of learning styles, including effective strategies for linguistically and culturally diverse students. You’ll participate in student-teaching for hands-on experience, where you’ll apply knowledge of learning theory and instructional strategies to classroom practice. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to join the next generation of educational leaders and practitioners.

Teacher Licensure Programs

  • Elementary Education
  • K-12 Education, Degree majors: Art Education and Music Education
  • Secondary Education

Online Degree Completion Program

Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education online. This online program is for candidates who already have an associates degree. 

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Graduates are employed within 90 days of graduation
Teacher and administrators in Alamosa School District graduated from Adams State

The School of Education at Adams State University is dedicated to inspiring and empowering the cultivation of educational leaders who embrace diversity, facilitate change, and contribute to the learning and inclusion of all students, particularly in rural regions.


Bringing a wealth of experience in teaching and administration from public and private education systems, our faculty will share best practices and latest standards in the education profession.


Instructional Coaching

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School of Education Faculty

Curtis Garcia, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Joaquin Vilá, Ph.D.

Kieran Nduagbo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Michele Mann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Justine Schwarz
Justine Schwarz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Educator Preparation Curriculum

Explore Some of Our Courses

ED 310: Methods/Teaching Science-Elem (3 hours)
This course provides a background in constructivist, inquiry based science instruction that corresponds to the Colorado State Science Content Standards. This background prepares the student to develop and implement student centered learning in science. Emphasis is given to the integration science into the broader curriculum, especially literacy, and to instruction strategies that support success for all students, including linguistically and culturally diverse students. This course has field lab hours, which are attached to the senior block, focusing on field-based experience related to the teaching of science in the elementary classroom.

ED 345: Educational Psychology (3 hours)
Designed to explore the background of educational psychology. Major topic areas include: research, value and utilization, student characteristics and diversity, learning theories and their application, motivation, teaching methods and practices, evaluating student learning, and standardized measurements. Students will develop increased ability to understand and assess the interrelationships of intellectual, cognitive, instructional, personality, social and cultural influences, theories, and factors as they affect the learning environments. Students will cover assessment procedures, analysis of data, legal and ethical responsibilities as part of necessary research and evaluation within the school learning environment. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge of historical and current research and its meaning for interaction and planning in the school setting.

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