Elementary Education Major (BA)

A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of Core Curriculum (30 credits) and at least one major (36–60 credits), as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

Early Childhood Education

Combining contemporary best practices in teaching with mindfulness and wisdom traditions, the Elementary Education major emphasizes the development of students’ capacities to teach with presence and compassion in order to meet the complex needs of today’s diverse classrooms. This major spans a broad scope of coursework, including education, math, science, social studies, and literature as well as personal contemplative practices, and is designed to position students to obtain K6 elementary teacher licensure (applicable in public and private schools) as part of their major requirements.

Grounded in contemplative, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse pedagogies, the Elementary Education major develops the skills required for creating compassionate, engaged, and effective learning environments while meeting the Teacher Quality Standards, the Colorado Academic Standards, and the Colorado Elementary Content Standards required by the Colorado Department of Education.

With careful degree planning, up to 12 credits of the major requirements can fulfill BA Core Curriculum Area Requirements.

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 facilitator of learning in the classroom.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement

Naropa University’s delivery of this endorsement prepares students to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse public and private school environments with presence and compassion. The curriculum required by the Colorado Department of Education to fulfill the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement is contained in specialized courses and interwoven into courses across the program. Unlike many other Teacher Licensure Programs, upon completion of this course of study, students will have satisfied both the Teacher Licensure credentialing requirements and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement.  This endorsement increases both the marketability of graduates and their capacity to teach in our diverse society. 

Authentic and Intentional Technology Integration 

Technology, as it has become increasingly common in public and private schools, is woven into each course with opportunities for instruction and experience with 1:1 Google Chromebooks, Apple iPads, and technology applications that support best practices. Students will grow in skillfully blending their use of digital tools with contemplative pedagogy.