Teacher Licensure Programs

Earning your Teaching License - Residency Track

Western's Residency Program allows you to earn your teaching license while experiencing life as a teacher. You will work in a classroom with a mentor teacher for 24 hours per week, while taking 27 credits of online coursework.  This Residency model of clinical preparation, unlike traditional student teaching, immerses Western students in a yearlong teaching experience, helping them learn what is currently happening in education.

Western assists with the Residency placement for all admitted students. 

Endorsement Options for Initial Teaching License:

  • K-12 Endorsements: Art, Music, Foreign Language, Physical Education​

  • Secondary Endorsements  (Grades 7-12): English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Business ​

  • Elementary (Grades K-6)​

  • Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21

Before starting your Residency, you attend a five-day summer orientation on Western's campus in Gunnison.

Alternative Teacher Licensure

Alternative Teacher Licensure is for candidates who are hired as the teacher of record 100% of the day with at least 51% of the day in the candidate's endorsement area. Candidates complete 27 credits of online coursework and spend one hour/week with their mentor teacher.  For more information about applying for Alternative Licensure, see the Colorado Department of Education Alternative Licensure webpage.

Pursuing your Master's degree

Following your licensure year, you may continue to pursue your Master’s degree, if you choose.  Western's many degree options produce uniquely skilled educational leaders and include additional endorsement opportunities to advance your career.  Find out more about our Master's degree options.

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