Teacher Education Department

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Welcome to the Teacher Education Department

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.

Program recognition

  • The State of Colorado recognized Fort Lewis College for their Promising Partnership Practice “Learning About Community Resources” Representing Standard 6: Collaborating with Community.
  •  The State of Colorado recognized Fort Lewis College for their Promising Partnership Practice “Professional Exhibition” Representing Standard 1: Welcoming all Families.
  •  This last recognition is Teacher Education in Partnership with the Mathematics department.  The State of Colorado recognized Fort Lewis College for their Promising Partnership Practice “Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival” Representing Standard 6: Collaborating Community.

Is Teacher Education right for you?

It depends on your goals. Do you want to:

  • Become a licensed teacher in public schools?
  • Work with children in youth programs?
  • Work in a culturally diverse area?

If so, we can guide you on the best way there.

Our programs:

Undergraduate programs

Graduate Studies

  • Teacher Licensure - Get your teacher license and a Master of Arts in Education.
  • Teacher Leadership - Current teachers who want to work as Teacher Leaders in their schools.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education - Earn your Master of Arts in Education: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education while also obtaining your Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement in Colorado or your Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement in New Mexico.


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

Bonnie J. Albright Memorial Fundraiser

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ska Brewing
225 Girard St, Durango
Cost: $20 donation at the door requested
Contact: Will Camp
Additional Information: Facebook

Bonnie Albright photoJoin alumni, faculty, staff, and community members to remember the late Bonnie Albright, Teacher Education alumna, and to raise funds for a Teacher Education Scholarship established in her name. This fundraiser aspires to raise $15,000 to endow the scholarship, which will support single parents during their student teaching semester. 

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Student Teach Abroad

Alyssa Montoya, Kelly McCabe and Sydney Sherman at the Pan-American School in Costa Rica
All certified teachers have to student
teach so why not do it in Costa Rica?

Accreditation by:
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Member of:
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Authorized by:
Colorado Department of Higher Education