Teacher Licensure | Fort Lewis College | Durango Colorado

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Our teacher preparation program incorporates 800 hours of school-based experiences required for Colorado teaching licensure in an innovative, immersive, and structured approach. This five-semester hybrid program will allow you to earn teacher licensure and a Master of Arts in Education.

As a student, you will be eligible for a Colorado teaching certificate at the conclusion of the second semester and be able to complete your Master of Arts in Education after two more semesters, likely during your first year of teaching. And, the course schedule allows for field placement in the schools between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Features of the program include:

  • Earn your teaching license in K-12 or Secondary areas in the first year.
  • Study and work in schools with highly qualified teachers, guided by experienced college faculty.
  • Join a cohort of like-minded career changers in the culturally diverse Four Corners region in hybrid courses an innovative program model.

See the Teacher Licensure course sequence.

Eligibility & career possibilities

You must have earned a bachelor’s degree to begin this program. Associate degrees do not qualify.

Teach high school subject areas

With Secondary Education licensure you can teach English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies in public school grades 7-12. Undergraduate majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, English, History, Humanities, or Mathematics typically prepare students well for this license. 

Teach specialty areas K-12

K-12 licensure supports teaching the specialties Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Theater in grades K-12. This licensure does not support becoming an elementary classroom teacher. Undergraduate majors in Art, Drama/Theater, Exercise Science, Music, and Spanish typically prepare students well for this license.

Elementary education

For licensure in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, check out our Post-Baccalaureate program. We currently do not offer a master’s level program for licensure specifically in Early Childhood or Elementary Education.

For detailed information about licensing, consult the Colorado Department of Education Licensing Office.

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