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 Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education 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.
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 Elementary Education Program.
To continue in the Elementary Education program requires the following:
To be on track, students must meet with their advisor as well as the Teacher Preparation Committee to register the above information and be admitted officially into the teacher licensure program. The Department keeps student records on file until graduation.
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:
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).
Naropa accepts the transfer of many community college courses. In particular, students who have taken elementary education courses or have an Associate in Arts degree in Elementary Education from any Colorado Community College can readily transfer up to 46 credits directly into Naropa’s BA Elementary Education major. The remaining 14 credits will transfer to meet general education requirements.
Due to the inclusion of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse endorsement, the BA Elementary Education program is a credit intensive degree. There is very little flexibility in Naropa 60 credits. The courses required at Naropa are infused with contemplative practices, mindfulness, social emotional learning and cultural awareness. Following is the list of community college courses Naropa accepts into the BA ELEM program.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|ENG 121||English Composition I||3|
|ENG 122||English Composition II||3|
|EDU 221||Introduction to Education||3|
|PSY 238||Child Development||3|
|MAT 155||Integrated Mathematics I||3|
|MAT 156||Integrated Mathematics II||3|
|SCI 155||Integrated Science I with Lab||4|
|POS 11||American Government||3|
|COM 115||Public Speaking||3|
|GEO 105||World Regional Geography||3|
|HIS 121||U.S. History to Reconstruction||3|
|ART 110||Art Appreciation||3|
|PED 143||Yoga I||3|
|LIT 255||Children’s literature||3|
|SPA111||Spanish Language I||3|