Teacher Education Department

Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bacc) Licensure Program

Students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree may choose to enter any one of the Teacher Education Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bacc) licensure programs. As Post-Bac students are not seeking a degree, they are admitted to FLC under the category: Unclassified with degree, teacher certification, Education. The time to complete the Post-Bac licensure program varies by program and depends on the number of courses applied to the program from the student’s undergraduate curriculum.

Licensure Programs

The licensure programs we offer are shown below and potential Post-Bac students may view a specific curriculum by choosing the link to their intended licensure program.

  • Early Childhood Education Licensure (Birth to grade 3)
  • Elementary Education Licensure (grades K-6)
  • Secondary Drama (grades 7-12)
  • Secondary English Licensure (grades 7-12)
  • Secondary Mathematics Licensure (grades 7-12)
  • Secondary Science Licensure (grades 7-12) Choose one foundation:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry 
  • Secondary Social Studies Licensure (grades 7-12)
  • Art Licensure (grades K-12)  
  • Music Licensure (grades K-12)
  • Physical Education Licensure (grades K-12)
  • Spanish Licensure (grades K-12)

Steps for entering the Post-Baccalaureate Program

  • Please refer to the Teacher Education Program Sheet you are interested in teaching. Match your previous course work to the requirements in your content area and estimate the general amount of time and types of classes needed to gain a State of Colorado teaching license through Fort Lewis College.  
  • If you find the the types of courses and estimated number of credits needed to complete your program of interest, please call the Admission and Advising Office at 970-382-6985 to speak with an advisor to complete a transcript evaluation.
  • Subsequent to this meeting, the potential Post-Bac student applies to Fort Lewis College as a Post-Bac student seeking a teaching licensure only, not a second degree.
  • Once admitted to FLC, The Post-Bac student schedules a meeting with the Director of Teacher Education for program admission and to register for courses for the subsequent term by calling Michelle Celeste at 970-247-7291. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a requirement for Post-Bac student’s eligibility for financial aid.

Program Admission

For admission to the Licensure Program of choice, Post-Bac students need to meet only two requirements: 

  1. they must submit fingerprints for a background check and a School District Volunteer form
  2. their Beginning GPA must be a minimum 2.75.  The Beginning GPA is based on the grades in undergraduate courses applies to the program.

Additional Endorsement Options

Students in all licensure programs may seek an add-on endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (often referred to as English as a Second Language). Since this add-on licensure program entails additional coursework, students should expect that the time needed to complete both the primary licensure program and an add-on will exceed four years.

It is also possible for students in the Elementary Education program to add the Early Childhood Education licensure without additional coursework.  Students interested in this option should speak with their advisor or with the Director of Teacher Education.

Admission to Student Teaching

All students admitted to the program must subsequently meet requirements for admission to student teaching by the term preceding their intended student teaching term.  Student teaching out of the Durango area is allowed.

Licensure

Upon successful completion of student teaching and all other program requirements, students are recommended to the Colorado Department of Education for their Colorado teaching licensure.  Students may be hired out of state with their Colorado licensure but must meet licensure requirements of the other state within a specified time (one or two years is the norm).  Licensure requirements vary by state, but most commonly a state may require a different test than required by Colorado.

Contact Information:

Dr. Richard Fulton, Director
Education & Business Hall, RM 244
970-247-7150
fulton_r@fortlewis.edu

To schedule an appointment call:

Michelle Celeste
Administrative Assistant 
970-247-7291

Mailing Address:

Teacher Education Department
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301