Course work in the Elementary Education program is designed to provide a coherent learning experience that culminates in a successful student teaching semester. The program is a four-semester sequence that candidates may start in either fall or spring semester. Two courses (EDUC 3013 and EDUC 4411) may be taken prior to admission to the program or in the first two semesters.
Admission to the Elementary teacher education program is competitive; satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Please also note that some requirements will take longer than others to complete. All applicants should plan accordingly. Two cohorts of students will be admitted for each fall semester, and one cohort of students will be admitted each spring semester. Approximately 25 students compose a cohort. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following:
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA
- At least 26 semester hours of college coursework completed or in progress
- 25 hours of youth interaction with children ages 5-12, within the past five years. Unacceptable experiences are any form of peer counseling performed in high school, any work as a babysitter or nanny, any experience supervised by a relative or friend, and any experience involving your own children, relatives, or a friend’s children.
- Demonstration of Basic Skills (Math and Verbal). The state of Colorado mandates that all teacher education students demonstrate basic skill competence in mathematics and literacy. Students may complete an appropriate course in mathematics and composition with a grade of “B-” or better, or submit an approved standardized test score.
Please refer to the Post-BA Application Instructions for the application process and all application materials.
If you are a current CU graduate student or applying to a CU gradute program in addition to the licensure program, please follow these Application Instructions.
There are a number of reasons that an applicant may be denied admission, such as number of spaces available in a cohort and the overall strength of the applicant pool. Students whose applications are rejected are encouraged to improve their application and reapply for a future term.
Elementary applicants can begin the program in either the fall or spring semester.
Applications to the teacher education program are considered on a rolling admissions basis.
⦁ February 1st - Early Priority Deadline. (Applications completed by this date will receive a response by March 15th.)
⦁ July 15th – Deadline to complete application for admission consideration. (Please note that the application portal may be closed for maintenance April-June.)
⦁ September 15th - Early Priority Deadline. (Applications completed by this date will receive a response by October 15th .)
⦁ November 1st – Deadline to complete application for admission consideration.
Application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline date in order to be considered. After the Early Priority Deadline, applications are considered on a space-available basis.
Coursework in the Elementary Education program is designed to provide a coherent learning experience that culminates in a successful student teaching semester. The program is a four-semester sequence that candidates may start in either fall or spring semester. Two courses are prerequisite courses that may be taken prior to admission to the program or in the first two semesters.
Three education courses, EDUC 3013, EDUC 4411, and EDUC 4311 are required for the program but may be taken prior to admission. Although not required, candidates interested in the Elementary teaching license are encouraged to take EDUC 3013 during the first semester and EDUC 4411 during the second semester of the program.
Liberal Arts Course Requirements
Liberal Arts Requirements do not need to be completed in order to apply to the program. However, all requirements must be satisfied prior to the student teaching semester.
In the final semester, candidates student teach for a minimum of 17 weeks. This involves a full-time (all day) commitment. To student teach, candidates must complete all course requirements and pass a state-approved content area licensure exam prior to the Student Teaching semester.