Teacher Education and Licensure Program

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The Teacher Education and Licensure Program (TELP) includes a one-year intensive, full-time program, known as the Professional Year, that leads to recommendation for teacher licensure from the State of Colorado. Undergraduate students seeking a baccalaureate degree select a major from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and fulfill the requirements for both the BA and licensure. Candidates who have already earned a baccalaureate degree will apply for the Licensure Only option with the opportunity to apply nine credits toward the MA in Curriculum and Instruction. The undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs have their own admission processes beyond the admission requirements of the University.

TELP leads to an initial teaching license in the State of Colorado. Post-baccalaureate students have the option to take three of the four core classes at the graduate level and apply them to an MA in Curriculum & Instruction within a five-year period. Undergraduates, however, cannot use those credits toward both their BA degree and their MA degree.

There are two separate strands of licensure for both undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students: elementary and secondary. The course requirements for the two strands differ and are listed on our website.

Central Features

  • Integration of education courses with professional field experiences
  • Over 1000 hours of supervised and mentored field experiences
  • Focus on embracing diversity and social justice throughout coursework and experiences
  • Preparation of teacher candidates with evidence-based pedagogy and best practices through carefully designed methods courses
  • Cohort model situated in professional partnership schools (PPSs) with support from cooperating teachers (mentor teachers), site coordinators (building liaisons), and university supervisors
  • Set sequence of courses from May to May, commonly known as the Professional Year

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General Elementary Education Teacher Licensure Programs

Secondary Elementary Education Teacher Licensure Programs