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Dr. Derek Decker is an assistant professor in the Center for Educator Preparation in the School of Education at Colorado State University. He is a coordinator in the master's plus teaching licensure program, instructs within the master’s program, and supervises teacher candidates.
Coming directly from the public school classroom as a teacher, Dr. Decker understands the importance of high quality teachers, teaching, and leadership. His scholarly interests center on the benefits of clinical practice where strong partnerships between PK-12 schools and teacher preparation programs flourish.
Teaching is a practice-based profession, and a teacher candidate’s clinical experiences are determined by the strong partnerships forged out of working together with all stakeholders of the teaching profession. As an advocate for a clinical Professional Development School (PDS) model at CSU, Dr. Decker works with district leaders, school leaders, and classroom teachers to make sure all stakeholders positively benefit from working together collaboratively.
Dr. Decker received his B.A. in elementary education at the University of Montana, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Phoenix, and a Ph. D. in education and human resource studies with a concentration in school leadership at Colorado State University.