Initial Teacher Licensure

ITL Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate Program

The Initial Teacher Licensure (ITL) Graduate Program is a one-year intensive program designed for individuals who desire to pursue teaching and have a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university. This program develops expertise in educational best practices, state content standards and knowledge of pedagogy through intensive coursework and field experience to meet Colorado licensure requirements.


Leads to Licensure

⇒This program is available for elementary, physical education and secondary licensure. Secondary licensure is offered in English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Spanish.

⇒1-Year Licensure Program: ITL students start in late May and apply for licensure in May of the following year.

⇒The ITL program may be delivered to students anywhere in the 14-county region served by Colorado Mesa University.


Intensive Summer Session Leads to Intensive Two-Semester Field Placement

⇒The intensive cohort begins each year in May* and runs for 12 months. Students begin with hybrid, face-to-face and on-line courses during the summer. Affordable summer housing is available.

⇒Fall and spring semesters are spent onsite at an elementary or a secondary school in the region. During this time, students also participate in coursework, seminars and colloquia online and at the university. An integral part of this program is a full, academic year of mentored, intensive classroom experience.

*Note: some students may have licensure-area leveling courses to complete prior to admission to the ITL program. A transcript evaluation is required prior to admission.


Graduate Certificate Basis for Master of Arts in Education

After obtaining licensure and the ITL Graduate Certificate, ITL students may pursue the additional graduate requirements needed to complete the Master of Arts in Education degree.

⇒The additional 12 graduate credit hours required include four MAEd core graduate courses and an ITL content-specific capstone project.

⇒The MA coursework is structured to work around a working teacher's schedule and can be completed while being employed as a full time teacher.

⇒Admission to the ITL Master of Arts in Education program requires additional application steps after completion of the ITL Graduate Certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Education, ITL - Elementary is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they seek initial state licensure. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 37 semester hours.

Academic Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Education, ITL - Secondary degree is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they seek initial state licensure. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 37 semester hours.

Academic Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Education, ITL – K-12 Physical Education degree is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they seek initial state licensure. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 37 semester hours.

Academic Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they gain additional expertise in one or more state endorsement areas or seek initial licensure. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 49 semester hours. The program is designed to provide the student with 12 hours of core courses in theory of curriculum design and assessment, educational technology, culture and pedagogy, research, and a capstone project. The additional coursework concentrates on Initial Teacher Licensure – Elementary concentration.

Academic Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they gain additional expertise in one or more state endorsement areas or seek initial licensure. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 49 semester hours. The program is designed to provide the student with 12 hours of core courses in theory of curriculum design and assessment, educational technology, culture and pedagogy, research, and a capstone project. The additional coursework allows the student to focus on a Post Baccalaureate Licensure Program – Secondary education concentration.

Academic Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they gain additional expertise in one or more state endorsement areas or seek initial licensure. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 49 semester hours. The program is designed to provide the student with 12 hours of core courses in theory of curriculum design and assessment, educational technology, culture and pedagogy, research, and a capstone project. The additional coursework allows the student to focus on a Post Baccalaureate Licensure Program – K-12 education concentration.

Academic Requirements

Career Links:

⇒What can I do with a major in education? https://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/education/

⇒Colorado Department of Education Current Educators Page: http://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent/currenteducators

⇒Colorado Teaching Jobs: https://colorado.teachers-teachers.com/

⇒Colorado Department of Education Future Educators Page: http://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent/futureeducators

⇒Nationwide Career, Salary, and Licensure Information at Teacher.org: https://www.teacher.org/

⇒Scholarship Resources: https://www.teacher.org/scholarships-grants/

⇒Mesa County School District Teacher Pay Schedules:

  • Note: the MA degree is required to qualify for the additional compensation schedule.
  • Available at www.d51schools.org → Employment → JobOpportunities → SalarySchedules

Program Goals

Prepare post-baccalaureate teacher licensure candidates for the profession at large [locally] across our service region

Design and deliver a program of instruction that is consistent, yet adaptive, across time, location and instructors

Develop candidate planning, instructional and assessment competence and expertise from those of a teaching novice to those of an entry-level professional, in 12 months

Develop professional competence, expertise and a passion for innovation

Contact

To explore the option of ITL post baccalaureate licensure, please contact the Initial Teacher Licensure (ITL) Program Coordinator, Dr. Cynthia Chovich.