About licensing | Fort Lewis College | Durango

Subject area competency

Colorado Department of Education provides guidance for the expected course work and competencies for each certificate area under their alternative licensure program. FLC requires passing Praxis content scores for admission to the MAE: Teacher Licensure program.

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.

K-12 specialty areas

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.

Alternative licensure

FLC offers Alternative Certification programs in Elementary (post-bac only), Secondary, K-12, and Special Education. Admission to these programs requires passing scores on the Praxis exam in the content area you wish to teach and district approved employment in your chosen content area. Please see the full application checklist for admission requirements.

Student teaching

Colorado requires a minimum of 800 hours of preparation in the schools to be eligible for a teaching license.

In the first semester of the program, you will complete 400 hours in ED 605: Student Teaching I. We anticipate that the hours will be 8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. four days per week over a 15-week semester in a middle or high school placement. One day per week there will be visitations to area schools.

In the second semester, you will complete 400 hours in ED 615: Student Teaching II. Typically you will be in the schools for five days a week, 6 hours per day, for 15 weeks. Student teaching will require a full-time commitment to teaching during the typical school day. In most schools that time period ranges between 7:30 A.M-4:00 P.M.

Substitute teaching

For some students, applying for your substitute teaching license offers several benefits.

  • Your fingerprints will be on file with the state for three years, meaning you won't have to resubmit with the district for which you student teach.
  • It can be a source of income with flexibility to work around your school schedule.
  • You'll get classroom experience to support your education.

Transfer license to another state

Colorado has established reciprocity with 40 other states. Check with your state's department of education to see if you'll be able to transfer your teaching license.