Program details | Teacher Licensure

About the Teacher Licensure program

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure program will provide the courses and experiences necessary to apply for a Colorado teaching certificate after the first year of the program and have significant support in the second year of the program as you enter the profession and complete your graduate degree.

The first semester of the first year will include exposure to a variety of diverse field placements (e.g. middle school, high school, charter schools, Title I, culturally diverse schools in the Four Corners region). The second semester of the first year will be full-time in one school setting that best fits your career interests.

The second year of the program will focus on supporting candidates in their first year of full-time teaching and creating an Action Research Project.

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.

School districts

We work closely with all the schools and school districts in the Four Corners region, including:


New Mexico

Working while in school

It would be challenging to balance work and family responsibilities during the first year of the program. Many of the courses will meet in the late afternoon and much of the field study and student teaching will be during the day. Expect significant homework on the weekends.  Perhaps some part-time employment can fit into this schedule, but it would mean many late nights spent studying and preparing for class or school experiences. Students often apply for a 3-year Substitute Teaching License while in the program to earn money and gain teaching experience.