Education Center for Educator Preparation
Make a Difference as an Educator
Educators make a difference every day in the lives of PK-12 students.
As a special center within the School of Education, we prepare and equip future teachers and principals seeking careers as licensed educators.
Learn How to Become an Educator
Just beginning your undergraduate education? Already hold a bachelor’s degree? Thinking about pursuing a master’s degree?
We have options for you.
96% find employment related to their major
$100,000+ in scholarships awarded annually to STEM education students (funded by CSU College of Natural Sciences)
72 of Colorado’s school districts hire our graduates
Teacher Licensure Combine Your Passion and Academic Interests
Make an impact on the next generation
800+ hours of PK-12 classroom experience
Work with kids to build their skills and knowledge
Principal Licensure Develop Your Educational Leadership
Professional Development School Model Four Pillars, One Model
Our educator preparation program is a Professional Development School model. Similar to other practicing professions, such as the field of medicine, we offer an opportunity to learn while doing. As a teaching hospital prepares medical students with clinical practice, our Professional Development School model prepares future educators through real-world experience. In our program, you’ll start that experience at the very beginning of the program.
Built on four pillars, the Professional Development School model will:
- Prepare you as an educator
- Develop you as a faculty member
- Help you to improve the practice of teaching through inquiry
- Encourage greater student engagement
Co-teaching puts you in the classroom, alongside a master teacher, early in our program. You’ll log 800 or more hours of classroom experience, working with students and receiving guidance from mentors. Locations for classroom instruction and internship placement vary within Fort Collins and Loveland in Northern Colorado.
Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize in an endorsement area based on the ages you want to teach – early childhood education (birth through age 8) or secondary education (through grade 12).
Professional Development School Model Five Standards
Professional Development Schools have five defining characteristics, standards that form the framework of our educator preparation program.
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 engage in research related to PK-12 teaching and leadership, along with other topics relating to education. They continuously seek opportunities to connect theory and practice.