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The Western Teacher Institute prides itself in providing engaging, collaborative activities for our attendees – both inside class and out.

During your time on campus, on regular business days, we will host complimentary coffee and snacks at 10:30am and an afternoon snack time at 2:30pm.

Additionally, we love to schedule several informal gatherings during the Teacher Institute. Keep an eye out for sign-ups at snack tables while you are here.

If you are interested in on-campus housing, please click here for more information. Additionally, we will provide suggestions and options for off-campus housing and camping locations.

June 2024 Course Catalog

Discounted Rate for Credits (Early Bird Cost)

The Ann Zugelder Endowment provides funds that have allowed Western Colorado University to expand initiatives in offering graduate credit courses for teachers. This discounted rate is the “early bird rate” within the course catalog and registration page.  It is available on a first come fist served basis until the endowment amount has been reached for the year. After this, credits will be offered at the full rate.   If you have any questions about the endowment and/or discounts please contact teacherinstitute@western.edu

Click here to view the 2024 course catalog.


Early Bird Discount:

Register early for courses to ensure you get the early bird discount.  Thanks to the Ann Zugelder Endowment credits are offered at a 40% discount.

**Early bird cost is subject to scholarship fund availability, register early to guarantee discount**

The early bird discount only includes the cost per credit, it does not include course fees.

Thank you to the Ann Zugelder Endowment.

Registration Confirmations 

Teacher Institute staff will send out an email confirmation soon after registration to confirm courses registered for and the cost.

Additional emails will follow closer to the Teacher Institute with course classroom location, instructor information, as well as instructions for payment and accessing the online web system.

Payment Information

Invoices for courses will be sent out in May via the email by which was used for registration from the Center for Learning & Innovation.

Questions on billing? Contact the Center for Learning & Innovation 970.943.2885 or email at Center@western.edu

Cancellation Fee

Once registered, to drop/cancel a course a $50 fee will be assessed by the Center for Learning & Innovation.

Transcript Information

Transcripts for credit courses can be obtained by visiting www.parchment.com


The Teacher Institute reserves the right to cancel classes and to make changes when warranted. Participants will be notified via email if a class is cancelled and will receive a full refund.  Courses with less then 5 participants on 5/15/2024 will be cancelled.

Refunds for Withdrawals and Dropping a Course

Drops from a course will result in a refund if they occur prior to 5/15/2024 (drop deadline).

Non-attendance or non-payment does not constitute a drop. Full refunds are not given after the last day to drop. All drop requests must be in writing to the Center for Learning and Innovation at center@western.edu


Students have an opportunity to evaluate class content and their instructor at the conclusion of the class. Input from students is important, as it helps improve future classes. Evaluations are anonymous.

Photograph Policy

Photos of students and instructors in various classes are often taken to promote Western Colorado University Center for Learning and Innovation. Such photos are used in schedules of classes, flyers, and other marketing pieces.

The Teacher Institute at Western monitors CDE’s requirements for educators in license renewal.  We have courses that meet both the EL PD Requirement and the PD of training in SPED and behavioral health.  Please note that we provide these courses with CDE’s requirements in mind but it is the participants’ responsibility to complete the required matrix and/or paperwork to show they have met the requirements for renewing a professional license.

The courses that meet the standards of the EL PD Requirement are

Session I:M 6/3-W 6/5

  • American Sign Language/Karen Immerso/2 credits
  • Teaching with a Cultural Lens/Marketa Zubkova/2 credits

Session II: Th 6/6-Sat 6/8

  • Making Content Comprehensible for Multilingual Learners/Amanda Martinez/2 credits

Session III: M 6/10-W 6/12

  • Adventures in CLD Literacy/Karen Hausdoerffer & Rita Merrigan/2 credits
  • Meeting the Content, Language, and Socioemotional Needs of Migrant Youth/Dr. Casey Richardson/2 credits
  • Spanish Language Learning/Karen Immerso/2 credits

Session IV: Th 6/13-Sat 6/15

  • Applying Assets Based Pedagogies in the Classroom/Dr. Casey Richardson/2 credits

This PD requirement is 3 credit hours (45 contact hours).  2 credit courses support 30 contact hours for PD.  The instructor will provide participants with the ELL PD CDE matrix showcasing the specific standards each course meets.  CDE requires that educators have PD in all standards.

If you have questions or would like to see which elements of the standard each course meets please contact teacherinstitute@western.edu

The courses that meet the new CDE requirement related to HB 20-1128 and HB 20-1312 indicating that all CO educators and administrators complete 10 professional development contact hours of training in special education and behavioral health are:

Courses that meet this requirement:

Session II: 6/6-6/8

  • Trauma-sensitive Teaching for Special and General Education Teachers/Dr. Tara Mason/2 credits

Session IV: 6/13-6/15

Building Bridges: Integrating Trauma-Informed Care and ABA Strategies for Positive Student Outcomes/Leia Henaghan/2 credits


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