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Degree Programs

The Center for Teacher Education (CTE) offers undergraduate licensure programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 education. The CTE also offers Master of Arts in Education degree programs and several graduate certificate programs that lead to licensure. Graduate certificate licensure areas include: Initial Teacher licensure (post-baccalaureate ITL); Special Education Generalist Licensure; and Principal Licensure.

Baccalaureate Degrees

Baccalaureate Licensure Programs

Colorado Mesa University offers undergraduate degree programs that lead to teacher licensure in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and K-12 education. To earn a bachelor's degree that leads to licensure, explore the following licensure areas:

Early Childhood Special Education

Elementary K-6

Secondary 7-12

K-12: Art, Music, & PE

Online Elementary Program

The Center for Teacher Education offers a liberal arts, elementary education degree using a cohort model. A four semester sequence of classes is designed to be delivered to students in their home location in Colorado. Students are typically placed within our 14-county western slope community of school districts.

Post-Baccalaureate Licensure

For students who hold a Bachelor's Degree!

Initial Teacher Licensure (ITL) Graduate Certificate

If students have earned a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university, they may choose the intensive Initial Teacher Licensure option either elementary or secondary (English, Math, Science, History or Spanish). This program leads to initial licensure and a Graduate Certificate with an option to complete a Master's of Arts in Education.

The time commitment for the intensive program is one year (May- May). Initial Teacher Licensure candidates should meet with the ITL Coordinator in the Center for Teacher Education to determine if leveling courses are needed.

Campus-based Initial Teacher Licensure

If students have earned a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university, they may choose the Campus-based Elementary or Secondary program. The Campus-based program leads to licensure only.

The time commitment for the Campus-based program is approximately 2.5 years. Students should meet with either the Elementary or Secondary Campus-based Coordinator to determine if leveling courses are needed.

Graduate Degrees

Colorado Mesa University began the delivery of the Master of Arts in Education degree programs in the Summer of 2006. There are four programs available for either a Master of Arts Degree or a Graduate Certificate:

  1. Educational Leadership/ Principal Licensure (EDLD)
  2. English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  3. Teacher Leader (EDTL)
  4. Exceptional Learner/Special Education (EDSE)

The Master of Arts degree consists of 4 courses (11 credit hours) of CORE credits. The number of content subject hours varies by degree.

Students who do not already have a Master's Degree may pursue a Graduate Certificate in: ESOL, EDTL or EDSE.

To pursue a Graduate Certificate in EDLD students must already have obtained a Master's Degree and have 3 years of teaching experience.