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Elementary Teacher Licensure

Bring the benefit of mindful and compassionate teaching into the lives of the next generation.
Obtain a fully accredited professional licensure.


mindful teaching througH CONTEMPLATIVE EDUCATION:

There are other programs that teach mindfulness, but Naropa University is the only school in the nation that bases its entire curriculum on mindful, contemplative education. As a result, you will learn how to inform your teaching with contemplative methods, and transform your life with contemplative practice. The licensure can be combined with any Naropa major.


  • Engage in rigorous academics that fulfill Colorado state standards for teacher licensure
  • Work in classrooms throughout the program starting in your very first course
  • Receive coaching and mentoring from master teachers in both contemplative and traditional teacher practices
  • Develop a deep connection with faculty invested in your success and well-being
  • Graduate with a professional licensure and a clear path to a rewarding career with immediate job prospects


  • Integrate of the best practices of Western teaching and learn the wisdom and groundedness of Eastern traditions to prepare to for the complex needs of a diverse classroom
  • Deepen your cultural responsiveness
  • Gain the skills, self-awareness, and resiliency needed in the classroom
  • Explore holistic education traditions
  • Learn beyond the book


  • Deepen your compassion through challenging, thoughtful practices
  • Embrace the dynamics of difference
  • Relate on a deeper level
  • Develop the resilience to succeed day after day

Unique Qualities

  • Obtain the content knowledge, teaching methodology and self-care skills teachers need to navigate the challenges of today’s classrooms
  • Qualify for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse endorsement along with teacher licensure 


Featured Elementary Teacher Education Classes

  • Foundation of Education for a Diverse Society
  • Observing Childhood Growth and Development
  • Multicultural Education and Contemplative Critical Pedagogy



Elementary Teacher Licensure Credits Required


You will complete 120 credit hours as part of your contemplative undergraduate education at Naropa.

Degree Requirements
Barbara Catbagan

Faculty Highlight

“The combination of culturally responsive methods, mindful pedagogical practices, and deep content knowledge is what gives our teacher candidates an edge and allows them to bring joy back to learning.”

— Barbara  Catbagan
Elementary Teacher Licensure

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