Post-BA

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.

Post-BA Program Checksheet for Elementary Education

Admissions Requirements

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:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Application Process

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.

Fall Term:

  • February 1: Priority deadline for admission notification by mid-March.
  • April 15: Deadline to submit materials for admission notification by July.
  • After April 15: we will consider applications on a rolling, space-available basis.

Spring Term:

  • September 15: Priority deadline for admission notification by mid-October.
  • November 1: Deadline to submit application materials for admission notification by mid-December.
  • After November 1: we will consider applications on a rolling, space-available basis.

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline in order to be considered. 

Program Requirements

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.

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.

Student Teaching

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.