Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Contemplative Elementary Education includes a broad array of courses including education, math, science, social studies and literature as well as personal contemplative practices. The program prepares students to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse public and private school environments with presence and compassion.

Based in contemplative education pedagogies, the program integrates the skills for creating compassionate, engaged, and effective learning environments while meeting Teacher Quality Standards, the Colorado Academic Standards, and the Colorado Elementary Content Standards required by the Colorado Department of Education.

Student Teaching and Field Placement/Practicum

Students perform a total of 800 hours of field placement/practicum and student teaching. Students should plan their schedules taking into account field placement requirements. Student teaching in a public or private elementary school is required in the last semester. Student teaching is a full-time job as pre-service candidates are the sole facilitator of learning in the classroom.

Degree Requirements

Elementary Education with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement Requirements


Foundational courses (9) (3 credits meet COR Area Requirments)

  • EDU150 Foundation of Education for a Diverse Society (3)
  • EDU220 Theories, Strategies, and Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students K-12 (3)
  • EDU245 Multicultural Education and Contemplative Critical Pedagogy (3) (also meets Cultural & Historical Studies COR Area Requirement)

Milestone Courses

Transformational Practices (15)

  • EDU330 Holistic Teaching Traditions (3)
  • EDU370 Teaching the Exceptional Student in the General Education Classroom (3)
  • EDU375 Assessment for the Diverse Learner (3)
  • EDU385 Observing Childhood Growth and Development (3)
  • EDU425 Elementary Social Studies Methods (3)

Language and Communication (17)

  • EDU340 Linguistics for CLD teachers (3)
  • EDU345 Elementary Literacy I: Foundations of Reading (3)
  • EDU355 Elementary Literacy II: Development of Oral and Written Language (3)
  • EDU445 Elementary Literacy III: Foundations of Literature (3)

Choose 3 credits from the following 

  • PAR100 Wisdom of the Body (3)
  • PAR230 Preparing the Voice: Breathing is Meaning (3)

Choose 2 credits from the following 

  • REL158W Breeze of Simplicity: Meditation Weekend (1)
  • REL160 Meditation Practicum I (3)
  • REL250 Spirituality and Creative Expression (3)
  • REL255W Opening the Heart: Meditation Weekend (1)
  • REL271 Centering Prayer (3)
  • REL345 Zen Buddhism (3)
  • REL390 Shambhala Training I (1)
  • REL391 Shambhala Training II (1)
  • TRA100 Shambhala Meditation Practicum (3)

Numeric Literacy (9)

  • EDU315 Math for Teachers: Content, Curriculum and Mathematics Education (3)
  • *MAT155: Integrated Mathematics I (3) *(taken online through or equivalent)
  • *MAT156: Integrated Mathematics II (3) *(taken online through or equivalent)

Systems and Cycles (15) (6 of these credits meet COR Area Requirements)

  • EDU210 Nature and Education (3)
  • *SCI155 Integrated Science (lab) (3) *(taken online through or equivalent)
  • ART101 2-D Design: Art Techniques and Experimentation (3) (also meets the Artistic Process COR Area Requirement)
  • TRA133 Yoga I (3) (also meets the Body/Mind COR Area Requirement)
  • EDU404 Maitri and Mudra Space Awareness (3)

Our Place in the World (9)

  • EDU348 US History of Immigration (3)
  • ENV100 Physical Geography (3) (also meets the Science & Sustainability COR Area Requirement) or equivalent
  • ENV253 Environmental Economics (3)

World Language (6)

  • COR112 Introductory Spanish I (3) or equivalent
  • *SPA102 Conversational Spanish II (3) *(also taken online through or equivalent)

Students must satisfactorily complete all Gateway and Milestone courses prior to Student Teaching. In addition students must pass the elementary PRAXIS exam (fees associated with the exam are the responsibility of the student).


Taking it out into the World (6-13)

  • EDU475 Student teaching (12) required for state licensure
  • EDU480 Student teaching seminar (1) required for state licensure


  • INTD380 Capstone I: Thesis Proposal Development (3)
  • EDU480 Capstone II: Thesis Research and Writing (3)

Total Credits with student teaching: 93

Total Credits without student teaching: 86