The Center for Teacher Education offers licensure programs in Elementary, Secondary, K-12 Education, and a Master of Arts in Education. Graduate Certificates & Initial Teacher (Post-Baccalaureate) licensure options are also available.
Baccalaureate Licensure Programs
Colorado Mesa University offers undergraduate degree programs that lead to teacher licensure in elementary, secondary, and K-12 education. If students do not have a bachelor's degree, and are seeking a teaching license, the following options are available:
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.
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.
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:
- Educational Leadership/ Principal Licensure (EDLD)
- English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Teacher Leader (EDTL)
- 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 or EDSE.
To pursue a Graduate Certificate in EDLD or EDTL, students must already have obtained a Master's Degree and have 3 years of teaching experience.