Teacher education

We have offered high quality teacher education courses and strong school district partnerships for over 100 years in the Four Corners region. Each year about 50 students graduate from our personalized programs. Most students continue to teach in the region or return to their home towns to begin their teaching careers.


Get your Colorado teacher license

Teacher certification

Most of our teacher education programs meet requirements for your Colorado teacher license. Some of our programs are designed to bring your existing teacher certification to a new level or prepare you as an educator in settings that don't require licensure. We even offer graduate level alternative teacher certification programs.


Teacher education degrees

Undergraduate programs

  • Elementary Education - Teach a variety of subjects in kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Early Childhood Education - Teach a variety of subjects in pre-School through 3rd grade.
  • Educational Studies - Work in youth programs but do not get a teacher license.
  • K-12 Teaching License - Get a degree in your chosen content area and earn a teacher's license for elementary through high school.
    • Art K-12 Education
    • Exercise Science K-12 Education
    • Music K-12 Education
    • Theatre K-12 Education 
    • World Language (Spanish) K-12 Education
  • Secondary Teaching License - Get a degree in your chosen content area and earn a teacher's license for middle and high school.
    • Biochemistry Secondary Education
    • Biology Secondary Education
    • Chemistry Secondary Education
    • English Secondary Education
    • History Secondary Education
    • Mathematics Secondary Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) minor - Add an endorsement to your degree to give you an edge on others competing for the same jobs.

Post-Baccalaureate

Non-degree

  • Post-Baccalaureate - Do you already have a degree? Use this program to add a teacher license.

Teacher Licensure Pathways

Download our Teacher Licensure Pathways infographic showing your path depending on what kind of certification you want.


Teacher License Reciprocity

Fort Lewis College’s curriculum is designed to meet the Colorado education requirements only, but the Education Commission of the States reciprocity information shows students how to use such a service on their website. Fort Lewis College’s program is not designed to meet other states’ educational requirements for licensure.

If you are planning to seek professional licensure or certification in a state other than Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state in which you are, or plan to be located.

Colorado is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)

Learn more about Teacher License Reciprocity

Bonnie Albright Scholarship Fund

Bonnie Albright, honoree of the Bonnie Albright Teacher Education department scholarshipFamily and friends have raised more than $42,000 in Bonnie's honor.  Please join with us in celebrating her life and in the effort to change lives through this scholarship by giving today.

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Student Teach Abroad

FLC Teacher Education department students student teaching in Costa Rica

All certified teachers have to student
teach so why not do it in Costa Rica?

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Accreditation by:
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, accrediting agency of our Teacher Education department

Member of:
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, department partner

Authorized by:
Colorado Department of Higher Education supporting Colorado teacher licensure