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About The Program

The Teacher Licensure Program (TLP) prepares students for Colorado state teacher licensure in Elementary Education for Colorado public and private schools. In addition, students qualify for the Culturally Linguistically Diverse endorsement along with their teacher licensure.

Admissions Criteria for Naropa University Teacher Licensure Program

Teaching children of any age is the most important work we do. For this reason, the Contemplative Education Department, in accordance with the Colorado Department of Education, has set up the following guidelines for students entering the Teacher Licensure Program.

Admission into the Contemplative Education Teacher Licensure Program requires the following:

  1. Full admission to Naropa University
  2. Completion of the following courses with a grade of 3.0 or better including positive field work evaluations where appropriate :
    1. EDU 150 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
    2. EDU 220 Theories, Strategies and Assessment for CLD students K-12
    3. EDU 245 Multicultural Education and Contemplative Critical Pedagogy
    4. Completed and passed background check 
    5. Completed fingerprinting 

To be on track, students must meet with their advisor as well as the Contemplative Education Department Academic Administrator to make certain that all information is registered with the department. The Department keeps student records on file until graduation. Portfolios will be used in assessing student readiness for teaching. 

Important implications for Students

Teacher licensure is a professional authorization conferred upon a student at the successful completion of all course work laid out by the program. To gain a professional licensure students are required to:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all education courses
  • Perform a total of 800 hours of contact teaching time with students in public or private schools through field placement experience and student teaching.
  • Plan schedules taking into account field placement requirements. The number of hours varies with each course.
  • Participate in ongoing evaluation of Contemplative Dispositions, Quality Teacher Standards, (QTS), GPA, and field placement performance each semester with the Teacher Preparation Committee.
  • Pass the Praxis exam prior to Student Teaching

Student teaching in a public or private elementary school is the only course a student takes their last semester. The passage from student to teacher is a remarkable one. Student teaching is a full-time job as pre-service candidates are the sole facilitator of learning in the classroom. Candidates are supported both by Naropa faculty at the university and by the teacher at the placement school (cooperating teacher). In some instances, education students must extend their experience by one semester. However, in most instances they will continue to be eligible for financial aid.