Education Center for Educator Preparation
As a special center within the School of Education at Colorado State University, we prepare and equip future teachers and principals seeking careers as licensed educators.
Whether you are just beginning your undergraduate education, have already earned a bachelor’s degree or are thinking about pursuing a master’s degree, we have options for you.
Center for Educator Preparation You are called to make a difference.
You have a dream, a calling: you want to be a teacher. Whether you were playing “school” with your stuffed animals as a kid, or were inspired by someone who taught you, we want to help you achieve your dream.
Our program ensures that you gain experience in real classrooms with real students from your very first education course. By the time you graduate, you’ll be strongly prepared for Colorado’s licensing exams – and ready to make a difference in your own classroom.
Teacher Licensure Combine your passion for teaching with your academic interest
Before applying to our teacher education program, you’ll choose a bachelor’s degree to pursue – there are 17 content areas approved for educator licensing. Once you reach sophomore standing, you’ll start adding education courses to your schedule. Don’t worry – our program is designed to incorporate the licensure coursework with your degree program, without additional time tacked on to your undergraduate experience.
The first course in the program is a field experience course. You’ll be matched with a partner school in a local school district, and work in a PK-12 classroom each week for the duration of the semester. You’ll lead small groups of students, work with the cooperating classroom teacher on lesson plans, learn to lesson plan by yourself, and even teach a class or two (while the cooperating teacher supervises). By the end of the semester, you’ll have around 30 hours of in-classroom experience under your belt.
96% find employment related to their major
$100,000+ in scholarships awarded annually to STEM education students
72 of Colorado’s school districts hire our graduates
Our teacher education program is established on the Professional Development Schools model – we partner with local school districts to give future teachers the opportunity to gain real experience in real schools with real students from the beginning of the program. You’ll learn by doing, and from professional teachers who are actively working in the field.
When you finish the program, you’ll leave with both sound academic preparation and strong practical experience, ready to start your own career as a professional teacher.
Center for Educator Preparation Meet Our Faculty and Staff
Our faculty is made up of professional teachers, principals, administrators and more – instructors who know what you need to know to be successful. Faculty members research PK-12 teaching and other topics relating to education, and inform practices based on these findings.