Exploratory Studies: Education and Teaching


CSU has many majors offering concentrations that prepare students to become teachers and lead to initial teacher licensure. Courses in this track provide a broad set of knowledge to inform future educators.

This is a guide and should be used in conjunction with advising.

MATH Placement:

Majors in this track require the minimum 3 credits of math for graduation at CSU.  Some majors have specific math requirements in the pre-calculus sequence, while others allow students a choice (MATH101, STAT100, or pre-calculus).Students should complete Math Placement prior to enrollment and complete math in the first year.

English Composition Placement:

Students should consult the composition placement website to determine if the placement survey is needed and work with an advisor on building it into the first-year plan.  

Foundational First Year Courses

1st Year Courses

  • CO150: College Composition (3cr)
  • EDUC275: Schooling in the United States (3cr)
  • MATH (3-8cr) – see placement and chat with advising professional about options.
    • Math101: Math for Social Sciences
    • STAT100: Intro to Statistics
    • 1-credit Pre-Calculus courses (MATH117, 118, 124, 125, 126)
    • 3-Credit College Algebra (MATH120)
    • 4-credit Pre-Calculus (MATH127)
    • 4-credit Calculus 1 (MATH155 or MATH160)
  • IU172: First Year Seminar (1-3 cr)

Early Childhood Track

  • HDFS101: Individual and Family Development
  • PSY100: General Psychology

Foundational Course – Secondary or K-12 Track

  • Introductory classes for content area (Natural Sciences, Math, Computer Science, Art, English, Ethnic Studies, etc.) 

Then, fill schedule with AUCC and Exploratory classes to get to 14-16 credits per semester.

Extra-curricular Exploration:

Campus Connections (for sophomores) 

Cultural Centers – many have mentoring programs 

Visit SLICE and look for opportunities and events with youth 

Attend the Diversity Symposium 

Join a student organization related to your content area 

Consider working as a tutor, mentor or TA on campus 

Consider summer employment with CSU Sport Camps (or other CSU camps) 

Consider part-time work with Alpha-Best in Poudre School District 

Volunteer with the Poudre School District

Apply to be a RamWelcome leader 

Exploratory Course options:

  • ART105: Issues and Practices in Art (Art Ed)
  • E240: Introduction to Poetry (English Ed)
  • ETST/EDUC265: Care of Cultures in Schools (all Ed Licensure) 
  • FACS179: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (Family and Consumer Science Ed) 
  • HDFS217:  Creative Experiences for Children  (Early Childhood Education)
  • HDFS 470A– Campus Connections (all Ed licensure) 
  • HES145: Health and Wellness (Early Childhood Ed, Family & Consumer Sciences Ed) 
  • MATH192: First Year Seminar in Mathematical Sciences (Math Ed)
  • NSCI 200: Science Inquiry in Educational Settings (Natural Sciences Ed, All Ed concentrations) 
  • SPCM200: Public Speaking (Social Science Ed, English Ed)