Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure

Frequenly Asked Questions

If I do not have a degree in a licensure area how can I apply for the program?

Colorado Department of Education provides guidance for the expected courses work and competencies for each certificate area under their alternative licensure program.

Are Education prerequisites required for admission?

There are no Education prerequisites that are required for admission, however, we encourage you to complete ED 222: Global Perspectives in Education, ED 341: Foundations of Teaching, and ED 342: Foundations of Teaching School-Based Field Experiences or the equivalent transfer work to acquire an introduction to the teaching profession.

Does Fort Lewis College offer an alternative licensure program?

Not at this time.

When and where are classes held?

All classes in the first year are hybrid which requires a combination of in-person class attendance and online assignments and discussion. All classes in the second year are online.

Fall I Spring I Fall II Spring II
ED 611 2:30-3:55 P.M. ED 621 4:05-5:30 P.M. ED 600 TBA (Online) ED 680 TBA (Online)
ED 613 4:05-5:30 P.M. ED 623 5:45-7:10 P.M. ED 603 TBA (Online) ED 625 TBA (Online)
ED 620 5:45-7:10 P.M. ED 615 TBA ED 619 TBA (Online)
ED 605 TBA


How many hours of student teaching are required?

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.

What schools and school districts does Fort Lewis College use for field experiences and student teaching?

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

Are applicants interested in K-12 Art Licensure required to submit art portfolios?

We recommend that you compile your artwork for future job interviews, however, an artwork portfolio is not required for admission to the program.

What if I have submitted fingerprints and completed a recent background check for a Colorado School District?

Please contact the Colorado Department of Education to confirm that your fingerprints are on file. Call 303-866-6628 and state that you are calling to verify that your fingerprint/background check is on file with the CDE. They will ask for your social security number, birth date, and name. If your fingerprints are on file with CDE, you do not need to be fingerprinted again. Please let us know if this is the case and we will verify your records. Background checks will be completed each year of the program.

What are the Technology Requirements for the program?

You must have a personal laptop that meets the FLC technology requirements.

Can I work part or full-time during this program? 

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.