Elementary Teacher Licensure Program

The Elementary Teacher Licensure Program extends the opportunity to obtain teacher licensure to Naropa students not pursuing a BA in Elementary Education. This licensure qualifies one for teaching K6 in public and private schools. To ensure workforce applicability, this program is designed to meet the Teacher Quality Standards, the Colorado Academic Standards, and the Colorado Elementary Content Standards required by the Colorado Department of Education.

Grounded in contemplative, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse pedagogies, this program is designed to cultivate the skills necessary for elementary teachers to create reflective, engaged, and effective learning environments. Combining contemporary best practices in teaching with mindfulness and wisdom traditions, The Elementary Teacher Licensure Program emphasizes the development of students’ capacities to teach with presence and compassion in order to meet the complex needs of today’s diverse classrooms.

The Teacher Licensure Program can be added to any undergraduate major at Naropa. With careful degree planning, up to 12 credits of the licensure requirements can fulfill BA Core Curriculum Area Requirements. Pursuing this professional licensure in addition to your primary degree requirements may require extra semesters to complete all applicable course work. It is important to work closely with your academic advisor and the financial aid office (if using financial aid or veterans education benefits) to ensure both major requirements and teacher licensure requirements can be fulfilled in a satisfactory timeframe. 

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.