College of Education

Admission to TELP

Schedule an admissions and information interview with a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for the Teacher Education Licensure Program. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call 719-255-4996 or email to set up the appointment.

Once the admissions process has been completed, you should expect to receive an emailed letter of welcome from
the Director of Teacher Education Licensure Programs highlighting further application requirements.

Application Timeline

Rolling admission
To secure a place for a summer start for the Professional Year,
you should complete the application process by February 1.

Application Process

The TELP Professional Year consists entirely of teacher licensure courses. All other content requirements should be completed prior to the summer.
The Professional Year begins with an orientation the last Wednesday and Thursday in May and ends the following May.

Application Criteria

Please review the application checklist below:

        • A Career Goals Statement (describe motivation, interest, and personal qualities)
        • Interview with College of Education Faculty Interview Panel
        • Complete listing of classroom experience with children or youth
        • Three letters of recommendation
        • Completed or enrolled in core classes
        • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
        • Receipt for $50.00 application fee paid to the Bursar’s Office
        • Submit application packet to COE Student Resource Office, Columbine Hall Room 3010 no later than
          February 1 to begin the Professional Year at the end of May.
        • In addition to the above materials that will be submitted with your online application, please email/mail proof of your background check or proof of licensure to the Student Resource Office  Instructions for completing your background check are:  
        • Go the website:
          • Click on Individuals
          • $6.85 is the cost to receive the results
          • Print a copy of the background check and turn it in with your admissions materials. (Current CO school or agency employees who completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or a copy of the results of the background check for employment).
        • Have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent from the institution you attended directly (electronically or by postal services) to:
          UCCS-Office of Admissions and Records
          1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
          Colorado Springs CO 80918

Fingerprint Check for Fieldwork 

College of Education students who will complete a field experience as part of their degree program must submit fingerprint cards to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in order to be appropriately screened before entering schools or agencies as a fieldwork student. Students who have completed a background check utilizing fingerprints for employment (and can provide proof) do not have to repeat this process as part of their fieldwork requirements. In some cases, an educator who held a license prior to 2004 will not have fingerprints on file. Under current law these educators will be required to complete the fingerprint requirement when submitting an application.

>>Fingerprint Process for Fieldwork PDF

>>Click here for the TELP application

Early Admission Process

The TELP program offers an early admissions process that will make successful candidates eligible for early admission before the end of the fall semester. The early admissions process allows a small number of students to be interviewed and admitted in the fall, prior to the spring admissions. This provides an opportunity to secure your space in our next cohort that begins in May. The early admission will occur annually near the end of the fall semester. Below are some important dates: Early Admission window runs October 1-November 15 The Student Resource Office will send all inquiries/applicants an email confirming the date and time and location for your interview.

Requirements for Early Admission

All standard application requirements are in effect for early admission applicants such as undergraduate transcripts, goal statement, letters of rec, background check, advising session. For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Student Resource Office (SRO) at 719-255-4996 or

Early Admission Application Deadlines

November 15 (Early application deadline for spring semester available every fall)

February 1(Regular Admission for annual cohort)

Testing Requirement

All TELP students must take the appropriate content exam by June of their Professional Year. The Praxis II or PLACE test is required for Elementary Education and Secondary English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish (PLACE only). Per State of Colorado law, the content area exam must be passed prior to student teaching. Registration information and materials are available in the Student Resource Office 719-255-4996

>>PLACE and PRAXIS Score Requirements
>>Post-bac English Content Requirements
>>Post-bac Social Studies Content Requirements
>>Post-bac Spanish Content Requirements

Post Baccalaureate Content Requirements


    • Completed Three credits U.S. History, 3 credits U.S. Government, 3 credits Economics (macro or micro), and 3 credits of World Regional or Human Geography
    • Receive a B- or better in MATH 3010 and MATH 3020


Post Baccalaureate Core Requirements

Complete all core classes with a B- or better

    • Complete CURR 4800/5800: Schools, Society, & Diversity (required and recommend taking first)
    • Complete T ED 3010: Early Diverse School Experience (required and recommend taking first)
    • Complete T ED 4520/5520: Educational Psychology (required)
    • Complete SPED 3001/5001:Introduction to Special Education (required)
    • Complete T ED 4800/5800: ESL for Educators (required)
    • Complete MATH 3010 and MATH 3020 with a B- or better (required for elementary only)


Primary Strand (43 - 46 credits)

Core Classes (13 - 15 Credits)

Core Recommended Sequence/Timeline
CURR 4800/5800 –3 School, Society, & Diversity
/Summer, Fall or Spring
T ED 3010* –1 to 3 Early School Experience
CURR 4800/5800 prior to or concurrently Before applying to TELP*
T ED 4800/5800 –3 ESL for Educators(required)
Prior to professional year/Summer, Fall, Spring
SPED 3001 -3 Introduction to Special Education
Prior to professional year/Summer, Fall, Spring
T ED 4520/5520 -3 Educational Psychology
Prior to professional year/Summer, Fall, Spring

Summer (6 Credits)

T ED 4620 - 3 Elementary Reading Methods
T ED 4580 - 3 Elementary Curriculum Instruction & Classroom Management

Fall (13 Credits)

T ED 4600 -3 School Experience - Elementary
T ED 4410 -1 Elementary Writing Methods
T ED 4570 -3 Elementary Literacy Methods
T ED 4640 -3 Elementary Mathematics Methods
T ED 4650 -2 Elementary Science Methods
T ED 4660 -1 Elementary Social Studies Methods

Spring (12 Credits)

T ED 4630 - 12 Student Teaching - Elementary

Secondary Strand (42 - 45 credits)

Core (13 - 15 credits)

Core Recommended Sequence/Timeline
CURR 4800/5800 – 3 School, Society, &
Diversity Summer, Fall, Spring
T ED 3010* –3 Early Diverse School Experience
Before applying to TELP
T ED 4800/5800 –3 ESL for Educators
Prior to professional year-Summer, Fall, Spring
SPED 3001 -3 Introduction to Special Education
Prior to professional year-Summer, Fall, Spring
T ED 4520/5520 -3 Educational Psychology
Prior to professional year-Summer, Fall, Spring

Summer (6 credits)

T ED 4700 -3 School Experience - Secondary
T ED 4710 -3 Methods for Secondary Education

Fall (12 credits)

T ED 4700 -3 School Experience - Secondary
T ED 4720 -3 Secondary Writing Methods
T ED 4790 -3 Secondary Literacy Methods
T ED 4910, 4920, 4930, 4940, OR 4950 -3
Secondary Content Methods

Spring (12 credits)

T ED 4730 -12 Student Teaching - Secondary