Become a Teacher Teacher Licensure in Colorado
The State of Colorado requires that you earn a degree in a subject matter, or content, area and successfully complete a professional teacher education preparation program. You’ll also need to pass a state-approved licensing exam before you begin your student teaching semester.
You can choose from a variety of majors, focused around 17 content areas, approved as teaching endorsements for Colorado State University. These areas have specially designed curriculum, giving you a strong foundation in that content area while building your skills as an educator at the same time. You’ll stay on track to graduate without adding extra semesters to your coursework.
Currently, CSU does not offer a teaching endorsement specifically for general elementary education (grades K-6). However, in conjunction with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, we do offer an Early Childhood Education degree that includes teacher licensure for pre-kindergarten through third grade (ages 0-8).
Answer Your Calling
Choose Your Content Area
Below are the approved content areas for licensure, each linked to its curriculum in the CSU Catalog, and organized according to which ages/grades are covered by the teaching license.
Early Childhood Education
Learn in Real-World Settings
We follow the Professional Development Schools model, which focuses on four pillars aimed at improving the quality of teaching and the quality of student learning:
- Educator preparation
- Faculty development
- Inquiry directed at the improvement of practice
- Enhanced student engagement
In partnership with local school districts, we deliver licensure coursework both on-campus at CSU and in local PK-12 schools. Our students learn from CSU faculty and PK-12 educator partners.
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 teachers through real-world experience. In our program, you’ll start that experience at the very beginning of the program.
Professional Development School: Five Standards
Professional Development Schools have five defining characteristics, standards that form the framework of our teacher preparation program:
- Learning Community
The unique environment created in a PDS partnership that supports both future teacher and PK-12 student learning.
- Accountability and Quality Assurance
The responsibility of a PDS partnership to uphold professional standards for teaching and learning.
The development and implementation of a unique university/school community, which shares responsibility across institutional boundaries.
- Equity and Diversity
The responsibility of a PDS partnership to prepare future teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners.
- Structures, Resources, and Roles
The infrastructure that a PDS partnership uses and/or creates to support its work.