Dr. Cal Frazier Teacher Fellows

How elite military veterans become great teachers

A program for military veterans seeking teaching licensure in Colorado schools: elementary, middle and high school positions. Candidates must not already hold a teaching license in any state.

 

The Cal Frazier Teacher Fellows Program was created for military veterans with outstanding leadership experience who have backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math.  Our program partners with Colorado school districts to place and train highly qualified licensed teachers.

The Fellows is a Colorado State Board of Education approved alternative teacher program designed to be completed within 12 months.

Candidates receive mentorship from master teachers, regular performance evaluations, and a program minimum of 240 clock hours of planned instruction and activities.

Courses take place on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Springs Campus, in Parker, Colorado, and  courses are held at the schools of the Fellows.

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 Individualizing the Program

As a designated agency, School Leaders works with participating districts, charter schools and accredited private schools.  During the course of the fellowship candidates work as full time teachers while completing SLA classes in school pedagogy every week. The teacher training program is tailored to each Fellow through the development of an Individualized Program Plan, crafted by an analysis of each Fellow’s admission portfolio and participation in the initial training module.

Admission Requirements

To become a Fellow, the applicant must meet the following:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Demonstrate content proficiency with 24 credit hours of relevant coursework with a 2.6 GPA or higher, or pass a Colorado Department of Education-approved examination;
  • May not hold a teacher license in the United States;
  • Provide three references from supervisors

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) conducts credit verification when evaluating Fellow applications and transcripts. The CDE cannot provide verification beforehand.  Fellows submit applications for an Alternative Licensure Statement of Eligibility to the CDE. To submit the Application for the Statement of Eligibility, the Fellow will create a log in to access the CDE application. Applicants may contact SLA for assistance by phone: 303-840-9830, or e-mail: drjohnschoolleaders@hotmail.com.

Tuition, Fees and Grading:

On admission to the program, candidates are notified of tuition amount; coaching and admission fees are additional. Grants and scholarships are available.  SLA military Fellows may be eligible to apply for the GI Bill (Post 9/11) and the SLA deferred tuition program. Candidates may also apply for a federal Troops to Teachers stipend of $5,000 or $10,000.  School Leaders will notify the Troops to Teachers Mountain Pacific of your acceptance into the program.

After satisfactory completion of the program, credit for licensure will be awarded. Grading criteria includes the following: course work, participation, attendance, and demonstrated proficiency in all Colorado Teacher Quality Standards. Full participation is a requirement to receive credit. A Portfolio Panel made up of licensed teachers and principals will recommend successful Fellows for an Initial Teacher Licensure from CDE.

Curriculum

The curriculum is based on “The Colorado Teacher Quality Standards” as outlined by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  See Attachment “A.”

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

No. Course Credit Hours
ED400 Foundations and Literacy 3 30
ED401 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 4 40
ED403 Parent and Community Involvement 3 30
ED406 Application of Technology to Teaching and Learning 3 30
ED407 Assessing Diagnosing and Addressing Student needsIn Reading Problems of the Student 3 30
ED408 Elementary Math and Curriculum 3 30
ED408A Elementary Science Methods of Instruction 3 30
ED408B Methods of Elementary and Secondary Instruction and Assessment for Art, Music, Dance and Theatre (optional course) 3 30
ED410 Teaching Diverse Students 3 30
Total credit and contact hours: 28 280
Mentorship:  12 Required Hours
ED412 Teacher Classroom Performance 3 30
ED412 Teacher Classroom Performance 3 30
ED412 Teacher Classroom Performance 3 30
Total credit and contact hours: 9 90

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

 

No. Course Credit Hours
ED400 Foundations and Literacy 3 30
ED401 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 4 40
ED410 Teaching Diverse Students 3 30
ED405 Classroom Management and Behavior Intervention 3 30
ED403 Parent and Community Involvement 3 30
ED406 Application of Technology to Teaching 3 30
ED411A Methods of Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary Schools (Science Fellows Only) 3 30
ED411B Methods of Teaching Math in Middle and Secondary Schools (Math Fellows Only) 3 30
ED408B Methods of Elementary and Secondary Instruction and Assessment for Art, Music, Dance and Theatre (optional course) 3 30
Total credit and contact hours: 28 280
Mentorship:  12 credit hours
ED412 Teacher Classroom Performance 3 30
ED412 Teacher Classroom Performance 3 30
ED412 Teacher Classroom Performance 3 30
Total credit and contact hours: 9 90