Elementary Education

The elementary licensure program provides teacher education candidates broad field content knowledge and prepares them as teachers for grades K-6. Candidates must have a major in Liberal Arts with an English, Mathematics or Social Science content area emphasis.

Basic Program Admission Requirements

  • Before students may register for any upper level education courses, they must be formally accepted into the Center for Teacher Education Program via a thorough application process.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours of general education and content area coursework must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.80 before a candidate may apply for admission to the Center for Teacher Education elementary licensure program.
  • A grade of B or better is required for most Elem Ed coursework, specifically: all EDUC prefix courses; ENGL 111 & 112; PSYC 233; ESSL 200 & 290; and MATH 105 and 205.

Elementary Teaching Degree Plans:

Regional Cohort (Online Elementary Program)

The Center for Teacher Education offers an opportunity for students to pursue a career as an elementary education teacher while continuing to live in their Colorado community. The program provides students access to a Bachelor of Arts degree with elementary education licensure using a cohort model. The four semester sequence is designed for students to complete the degree through online and computer-based coursework. Students are typically placed within our 14-county western slope community of school districts.

View upcoming cohort events on our Dates and Events page.


Students should meet with a Center for Teacher Education advisor as soon as possible in order to obtain information specific to the elementary education licensure program.


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