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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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To work as a licensed teacher in Colorado, you must complete at least a bachelor’s degree program, an approved teacher preparation program and pass the PLACE and Praxis II exams.

The Colorado Department of Education also has the Colorado Alternative Teacher Certification Program which allows bachelor degree holders to obtain a temporary teaching license while earning the teaching credits. Here is a list of a few Colorado teaching schools and programs they offer.

  • 32 teaching programs in Colorado accredited by CAEP
  • 9 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • 11 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Colorado

Getting a teaching certificate in Colorado typically involves completing an accredited certification course having classroom components and pedagogical theory. Courses can be completed online or on-site. As part of a teacher preparation program, Colorado has an 800-hour student teaching requirement.

A teacher induction program is required to upgrade from the initial certification to the professional certification. It consists of performance evaluations, training that includes ethics, ongoing professional development, and supervision by mentor teachers.

Online Teaching Degrees from Colorado Universities

Aspen University, a distance learning college, offers various online education programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education as well as a B.S. in Early Childhood Education completion program for candidates who already have an associate degree.

Master in Education programs with concentrations in curriculum development and outcomes assessment; educational technology; and transformational leadership are also offered at Aspen University.

A variety of online degree programs are offered at UC – Denver, including master degree programs in information and learning technology and in early childhood education. There are also fifteen certificate programs in subjects like specialist license, behavior analysis, early literacy, health education and many more. An education specialist and three doctoral degree programs are offered online by UP – Colorado.

Regis University offers online master degree programs in instructional technology; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and continuing teacher education.

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Requirements to Teach in Colorado

An approved list of Educator Preparation Programs is available through the Colorado Department of Education. A basic skills test is not required in Colorado. A Subject Area Competence test is necessary. The appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment or the Program for Licensing Assessment for Colorado Educators fulfills the requirement.

Colorado’s Initial License is valid for three years. Beginning teachers must complete a Teacher Induction Program to be eligible for a Professional License. Certifications are available in Elementary, Secondary, Early Childhood, Special Education Generalist, and Special Education Specialist.

Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

Colorado is well-known for investing in education. Students who are residents of Colorado have access to some of the best universities and colleges in the U.S., along with access to resources for financial aid. The College in Colorado website, supported by Colorado’s Department of Education, provides vital information about scholarship and grant programs supported by the state.

They are meant to make college more accessible to students in Colorado. Students who plan to attend a Colorado university or college begin the search by completing the FAFSA. It is required for all state and federal sponsored student aid.
FAFSA should be a high priority for college-bound students. There is a wide range of financial aid programs that target state residents. A small sampling of scholarships include:

  • CollegeInvest Opportunity Scholarship
  • CCHS/CR Volunteerism Community Service Scholarship
  • Boettcher Scholarship
  • CollegeInvest Service Scholarship
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation
  • College Access Challenge Grant

Some grants and scholarships are career-specific and financial aid opportunities for minority students in Colorado.

Requirements to Qualify for In-State Tuition

For the majority of undergraduates in Colorado, becoming a resident to earn in-state tuition is difficult. All Colorado universities adhere to the demanding Colorado Revised Statutes. The rules are interpreted differently at each university.
Individual universities can define vague terms. They can assign lesser or greater importance to some topics and degree picks. Each university chooses its own policy. Colorado universities require, or highly favor, a gap year that takes a year off from school.

Across Colorado, financial independence has a narrow definition. Students must nearly or fully support themselves. Commonly, there are restrictions against students who require a loan co-signer. Depending on the university, that obstacle is possible to overcome. There may be financial independence requirement exceptions if the student is married, at least 22 years of age, or a graduate student. Those factors are not guaranteeing in-state tuition. Rulings are determined on a case-by-case basis. The process is unpredictable.

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of CAEP-Accredited Teaching Degrees in Colorado

Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction
CAEP
  • Masters in English as a Second Language TESOL
  • Bachelors in Kinesiology (K-12) NASPE
Jones International University
Centennial
CAEP
  • Doctorate in Ed.D. in Doctorate of Education in K-12 Education Leadership ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Ed.S. in Education Specialist K-12 Education Leadership ELCC
  • Masters in M.Ed. in Education Leadership and Administration: Principal and Administrator Licensure ELCC
  • Masters in M.Ed. in Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: Teacher Licensure ACEI
  • Masters in M.Ed. in K-12 Instructional Technology for Licensed Educators ISTE
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Post Bachelors in Physical Education (Post-Bac) NASPE
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
  • 0 in Special Education Alternative Licensure CEC
  • 0 in Special Education MAT CEC
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in English/Language Arts NCTE
  • Bachelors in Science Education NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Teacher Education Program – Secondary Social Studies – post bac NCSS
  • Bachelors in Teacher Education Program – Secondary Social Studies – undergraduate NCSS
University of Colorado Denver
Denver
CAEP
  • Bachelors in BA in Education and Human Development with Special Education Generalist Ages 5-21 License CEC
  • Bachelors in BS in Mathematics with Secondary Mathematics License NCTM
  • Endorsement only in Endorsement in Special Education Generalist CEC
  • Masters in MA in Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Reading and Writing with Reading Teacher Endorsement ILA
  • Masters in MA in Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Secondary English Education NCTE
  • Masters in MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education with K-12 CLD Endorsement TESOL
  • Masters in MA in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in MA in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education Specialist License CEC
  • Post Bachelors in MA in Education and Human Development with Special Education Generalist License CEC
  • Masters in MA in Information and Learning Technologies with Instructional Technology Specialist Grades K-12 Endorsement AECT
  • Masters in MA in Information and Learning Technologies with Teacher Librarian Endorsement ALA
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in PSYD in School Psychology With School Psychologist License NASP
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Administrator's License: District Level Leadership ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology EdS NASP
  • Bachelors in Sports and Exercise Science, K-12 NASPE

Bachelor’s in Education Programs

The University of Colorado – Denver offers bachelor’s degree in education and human development with concentrations in elementary education, early childhood education, human development and family relations, secondary education and special education. The University of Phoenix – Colorado offers bachelor degrees in education/early childhood education; education/elementary teacher education; and liberal studies. Colorado Mountain College features a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in interdisciplinary studies. Regis University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education aimed at students who want to obtain a teaching license for grades k-6.

Master’s in Education Programs

UC – Denver offers Master of Arts degrees in childhood education and childhood education with early childhood special education specialist license. They also offer master degrees in educational psychology, information and learning technologies, special education, curriculum and instruction, and counseling. UC-Denver also offers master degree programs for elementary and secondary education teachers with various areas of concentration such as culturally linguistically diverse English; math; science; math & science; reading and writing; principal and school leadership; and English.

UP – Colorado has various master degree programs for teachers and advanced teachers. The regular master degree programs offer the same major as the bachelor degree programs and the advanced master programs focus on either education/administration and supervision or education/curriculum and instruction.

Students who want a variety in educational master degree programs can find all they need at Regis University, which offers a dozen different programs. Majors include special education, educational leadership, early childhood special education, curriculum, instruction and assessment, reading, elementary education and adult education & training, among others.

Certifications & Specializations

UC – Denver offers various specialist programs that allow teachers to add endorsements to their teaching licenses. They also have certification programs to help teachers maintain certification. Three doctoral degree programs are also available for teachers who want to advance their education to the highest level.

UP-Colorado offers the following certification programs: California Teachers of English Learners, Graduate Principal Licensure and Graduate Special Education as well as several doctoral degree programs. Colorado Mountain College offers four certificate programs in early childhood education with focuses on developmental interventionist, director, group leader or teacher.