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Educator Preparation Program

Western Colorado University

Licensure + Master of Arts in Education

Year 1 Traditional Residency Program 

During the licensure prep year, all courses are completed online in the fall and spring semester in conjunction with student teaching. Students complete 24 hours per week in a mentor teacher's classroom throughout the school year, culminating with 5 weeks of full time teaching near the end of spring. 

Year 1: Alternative License Program 

This program is designed for candidates who currently teach or have secured a full time teaching position in a Colorado K-12 school with proof of employment, candidates will work under an Alternative License (granted by the CDE), complete online coursework and will be required to meet with a mentor one hour per week in addition to their full time teaching responsibilities. 

Year 2 for both programs You may continue toward earning your Master of Arts in Education degree with an additional year of coursework (16 credits).

Pathway Type:

Initial Licensure: Masters

Course Format:



13-24 months

Region(s) Served:


Contact Information:

103 Crawford Hall, 600 North Adams, Gunnison, CO 81231

Voice: 970-943-3092, Fax: 970-943-3226

Contact: Sherri Anderson, Director of Educator Preparation,


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: Western Colorado University

Endorsement Area(s):

  • Business/Marketing (7-12)
  • Drama Theater Arts (K-12)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • English Language Arts (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Science (7-12)
  • Social Studies (7-12)
  • Special Education Generalist (ages 5-21)
  • Technology Education (7-12)
  • Visual Arts (K-12)
  • World Languages (K-12)

To request a change to this program pathway, copy the following pathway reference id and submit a change request form.

Pathway Reference ID: 65288