Colorado Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide
The state of Colorado requires that all aspiring teachers complete an approved teacher preparation program and earn a teaching certificate in order to be eligible to work in the state’s public education system. There are many teaching schools in Colorado that offer degree programs designed to prepare future teachers for a career in the classroom or further an established teaching career. For useful information on teaching degrees in Colorado, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. For anyone looking for information on teaching degrees in Colorado, this guide should help you find the right program for your career goals.
- There are 32 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Colorado.1
- 13 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
- 16 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
- 18 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
- 3 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
- No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
- 6 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
- 7 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
- 4 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.
*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Colorado
Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*
- Colorado College (#28)
- University of Denver (#202)
- University of Colorado-Boulder (#284)
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019
- University of Colorado-Boulder (#29)
- Colorado State University (#110 tie)
- University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (#118 tie)
- University of Northern Colorado (#118 tie)
- University of Colorado-Denver (#134 tie)
- University of Denver (#134 tie)
US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019
- University of Northern Colorado (#46 tie)
- University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (#100 tie)
- Colorado State University (#115 tie)
- University of Colorado-Denver (#126 tie)
- Colorado Christian University (#139 tie)
- Regis University (#194 tie)
- Western Colorado University (#222 tie)
Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Colorado according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Colorado Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.
Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?6||NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7||NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7||Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8||Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8||Licensing Exams Pass Rate8||Net Price***1||Adams State University||No||17%||7%||89||32||93%||$12,989||Colorado Christian University||No||98%||98%||163||49||100%||$25,198||Colorado College||No||—||—||12||14||100%||$29,528||Colorado Mesa University||No||—||44%||132||84||94%||$14,309||Colorado Mountain College||No||—||—||188||—||—||$7,229||Colorado State University-Fort Collins||Yes||34%||92%||375||164||99%||$17,191||Colorado State University-Global Campus||No||—||—||6||1||—||—||Colorado State University-Pueblo||Yes||88%||74%||288||87||100%||$14,988||Fort Lewis College||Yes||74%||—||117||44||90%||$18,208||Metropolitan State University of Denver||No||—||34%||811||296||99%||$12,175||Naropa University||No||—||—||—||—||—||$24,823||Regis University||No||—||—||883||83||94%||$25,615||University of Colorado-Boulder||Yes||86%||—||230||106||100%||$20,323||University of Colorado-Colorado Springs||Yes||66%||—||638||71||98%||$15,427||University of Colorado-Denver||Yes||—||67%||441||112||100%||$14,586||University of Denver||No||—||—||34||95||93%||$35,163||University of Northern Colorado||No||89%||30%||1,907||437||98%||$15,003||Western State Colorado University||No||72%||64%||6||74||98%||$16,790|
*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
Profiles of Well-Known Schools
University of Colorado: The University of Colorado is the flagship institution for the state of Colorado and is home to the nationally recognized UC School of Education. The School of Education is one of the largest on campus and specializes in preparing teachers, administrators and other education professionals within K-20 education. Recently, the School of Education was selected to become a partner in Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, which is a multi-year project aimed at advancing doctoral education at US-based universities. The school was selected as one of just 32 programs to participate. The mission of the UC School of Education involves conducting intensive research into innovative and effective teaching practices as well as preparing students to be passionate and professional educators that influence their communities and beyond.
University of Northern Colorado: The University of Northern Colorado is home to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences that has a longstanding reputation for excellent research and scholarship. The College recently was the recipient of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award for Exemplary Programs in Teacher Education, which is named after teacher Christa McAuliffe who was tragically killed aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. The College is made up of three schools including the Schools of Psychological Sciences, Special Education, and Teacher Education. The programs are accredited by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Colorado Department of Education, Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. UNC faculty and administration within the three schools have recently infused the curriculum with diverse topics that are critical in providing students with an expanded worldview in order to effectively teach in a global classroom.
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Colorado
Adams State College
208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, CO 81102
Colorado Christian University
8787 West Alameda Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226
14 E Cache La Poudre St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Colorado Mountain College
802 Grand Ave
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Colorado State University
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-0100
Front Range Community College*
3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, CO 80031
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80217-3362
University of Colorado at Boulder
Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309-0017
University of Colorado at Denver
1201 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80204
University of Denver
2199 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80208
University of Northern Colorado
Carter Hall – Rm 4000
Greeley, CO 80639
An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx