Why Choose Education at PPCC?

PPCC’s education program helps students develop the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to become world-class teachers and education advocates. When studying education at PPCC students fulfill the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and are fully prepared to transfer to a four-year university and ultimately become a teacher and earn a teaching license. This program offers various degrees to meet your needs.

What will I study?

When you study Elementary Education Teacher Preparation at PPCC you will participate in robust multidisciplinary courses geared toward developing standard knowledge and proficiencies required in elementary education. You will discover a deeper understanding of teaching and learn how to:

  • Plan lessons that teach students various subjects.
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Teach planned lessons to large and small classes.
  • Grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress.
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress.
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges.
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state.
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules.
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom.

Example Classes I Might Take

Focuses on the historical, social, political, philosophical, cultural, and economic forces that shape the United States public school system. Includes current issues of educational reform, technology as it relates to education, and considerations related to becoming a teacher in the state of Colorado. Special interest will be paid to the topic of diversity in the K-12 school system.
Examines the nature of energy and matter, their interactions and changes, and the application of fundamental concepts to the study of our natural world. These concepts will be explored in hands-on laboratory experiments. This course integrates the fundamental concepts and ideas about the nature of physics and chemistry with the natural world.
Focuses on the growth and development of the individual, from conception through childhood, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors.
Includes the background of the U.S. Constitution; the philosophy of American government; general principles of the Constitution; federalism; and civil liberties. Examines public opinion and citizen participation; political parties, interest groups, and the electoral process; and the structure and functions of the national government.

Shaping tomorrow's leaders today.

  • Do you want to help shape and mold the next generation of citizens?
  • Do you have a passion for working with children and embrace diversity?
  • Are you patient, kind and caring, honest and trustworthy, dependable and have good moral character?
  • Would you enjoy a demanding and ridged work schedule for most of the year, but have your summers free?
  • Do you enjoy working on a team?
  • Are you a talented communicator, both written and spoken, with good interpersonal skills?
  • Do you possess good critical thinking skills and exercise sound decision-making?
  • Are you good at explaining things and helping others understand something new?


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