Friends School offers a unique Teacher Preparation Program to aspiring teachers that will enable them to attain a Colorado Teaching License as well as an optional Master’s degree in education through our partnership with the University of Colorado Denver.
This highly regarded graduate-level program offers two tracks depending on your specific needs. Coursework begins in August with an orientation week and continues every Saturday throughout the school year. All teacher candidates will engage in a year of hands-on classroom teaching experience regardless of the “field experience option” chosen.
Learn more about our program by attending a Zoom Info Session or meet with us on an individual basis.
RSVP with links
Applications accepted into Summer 2023
Complete the online application.
Complete step 1-3 of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Alternative License Requirements.
Note: To enroll in ANY Alternative Teacher Licensing Program in Colorado, including the Friends School Teacher Preparation Program, you must pass the appropriate Praxis Exams. Details in the CDE Alternative License Instructions.
University of Colorado Denver
Note: To be completed with TPP Support in May/June – if accepted into program.
Email Julie Hart for additional information.
The residency track of the program places teachers in one of our partnership classrooms in public and independent schools throughout Boulder and surrounding counties each year.
Teacher candidates spend four days each week for one school year in either an elementary or preschool classroom, working alongside a mentor teacher in a co-teaching role. The mentor teacher serves as the teacher of record in this model.
In this track of the program, teacher candidates generally secure a position within a school on their own, either as the teacher of record, assistant or associate teacher, or paraeducator.
The teacher candidate is essentially an employee of the school where they are gaining their required field experience and may be required to work Monday through Friday at their school.
Upon completion of the program and passing of required test, teacher candidates receive their Initial Colorado Teaching License in either Elementary Education (K-6) or Early Childhood Education (birth-age 8).
Participants may choose to complete a Master’s in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences, through our partnership with the University of Colorado Denver.
Teacher candidates in the Master’s program receive 12 hours of graduate credit for their classroom teaching experience and coursework completed within the program, with an additional 6 credits earned through University of Colorado Denver courses during the program year. The remaining eighteen credits through University of Colorado Denver are generally taken over the summer and following year.
Applicants to Friends TPP may be eligible to receive funds up to $22,000 from Colorado HB 22-1220 Law.
For more details: Email Julie Hart
Significant discount over a main CU Denver degree
Prices subject to change.
Bear Creek Elementary
Crest View Elementary
Crown Pointe Academy
Eisenhower Elementary School
Gold Hill Elementary School
Louisville Elementary School
Mesa Elementary School
Peak to Peak Charter School
Sanchez Elementary School
Superior Elementary School
Whittier International School