To receive a Colorado teaching license, a student must attain a bachelor’s degree in the academic field they wish to instruct and complete an approved Colorado teacher education program in the state.
The four largest teaching schools in Colorado to offer undergraduate education programs are the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Christian University, and Regis University. The following will highlight these Colorado teacher certification programs to help aspiring teachers choose which school is best suited for them.
The University of Colorado at Boulder does not offer undergraduate degrees in education, but the School of Education’s Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Program allows for students to attain the necessary prerequisites for a Colorado teaching license while working towards a bachelor’s degree. The primary fields of certification are Elementary (K-6) Education, Secondary (7-12) Education, and K-12 Music Education. Note that these licensing programs may also be completed at the graduate level. In addition, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education is also available for postgraduate students. For these programs, course work involves both on-campus learning and in-class experiential learning.
The School of Teacher Education at the University of Northern Colorado offers licensure programs in early childhood, elementary, and secondary general education, as well as K-12 education for art, music, and PE that may be taken concurrently with B.A. course work, or at the graduate level. Graduate degrees are also available for English, reading, linguistic diversity, curriculum studies, and elementary education. A doctoral program for educational studies is also available.
Colorado Christian University is a private institution that offers various education-related programs to prepare students for certification through its School of Education. These include a liberal arts major that includes study of elementary education, reading education, and special education, as well as secondary education in English, general science, and history. A reading literacy emphasis is awarded to students who have completed the elementary education and special education training to acknowledge specialized training in that field. Education and reading education minors are also offered.
Regis University’s School of Education and Counseling provides a bachelor’s degree with licensure program to allow students to take the necessary programs for certification while they work towards a Bachelor of Arts in the science or liberal arts fields in which they hope to teach. These programs include early childhood education (P-3), elementary education (K-6), and special education (K-12). A Certificate of Completion in Literacy is also available for those specializing in the education of reading, writing, and children’s literature. Graduate certificates are also offered in adult learning, autistic education, gifted education, classroom technology, and literacy.