Center for Teacher Education

Message from Teacher Education

The Center for Teacher Education at Colorado Mesa University has 13 approved licensure/endorsement programs. Our programs are authorized by both the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). Our graduates work as teachers and administrators in Colorado and across the U.S.

The Center for Teacher Education (CTE) has a strong relationship with our 14-county western slope community of school districts. We work closely with western slope districts to educate and prepare new teachers through field placement and toward employment. Furthermore, we strive to offer accessible endorsement and degree programs for working-educators throughout the region.

CTE options for licensure and endorsement include:

  • Traditional, undergraduate degree plans
  • Graduate certificates and degrees
  • Distance delivery modes and programs
  • Non-traditional, intensive licensure programs for candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree

Throughout our programs, the Center for Teacher Education is dedicated to our mission of providing teachers who are competent in subject matter, are experts in professional teaching, and have a passion for innovation within their classrooms. Additionally, through our graduate programs, we strive to enhance the professional careers of educators and ensure student achievement in their classrooms and schools.

Learn more about our vision for educator preparation by surveying our Student Learning Outcomes.

Featured Story: Roll Call for Future Educators

--CMU student earns Colorado Department of Higher Education honor--

Student Outcome Data

Initial Teaching Licensure Exam Passing Rates:

  • 2013-14: 100%
  • 2014-15: 100%
  • 2015-16: 99%

Rate of Completers Initially Employed in Their Field 2013-2016:

  • Educational Leadership Employment: 92%
  • Special Education Employment: 75%
  • Elementary Education Employment: 72%
  • Secondary Education Employment: 84%
  • K-12 Education Employment: 74%
Districts and employers of recent CMU Teacher Ed graduates include: Adams 12; Aurora, CO; Caprock Academy Charter School; Colbran; Cotopaxi; Debeque, CO; Delta County Schools; Denver Public Schools; Douglas County; Eagle RE50J; Garfield RE2; Garfield RE16; Greeley Evans SD; Mesa County Valley School District 51; Montrose County; Parker; Roaring Fork RE1; St. Vrain; and Steamboat Springs.
Districts in other states include: Chandler, Gilbert, and Kayenta in Arizona; Endeavor, College Prep in California; Barbers in Hawaii, Anthony and Katy in Texas, and San Juan in Utah.


  • CTE offices are located on the 1st floor of Dominguez Hall, in Suites 101 and 109.
  • CTE main office is located in DH 109L; Phone: 970.248.1786.
  • Individual faculty contact information can be found on our Faculty Page.
  • Feel free to stop in with a question or arrange an appointment.

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