Teacher Education Department

Educational Studies

This degree provides key experience working with diverse youth-based programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Durango Nature’s Studies, Durango Arts Center, Southern Ute Community Action Programs, Ute Mountain Ute Education Program and Powerhouse Science Center.

Coursework will help prepare you to teach many age groups, focus on specific content areas (e.g. Art, Science, History, Native American Studies), and create family and culturally-responsive programs.

This degree does not lead to a teaching license.

Roadmap for Incoming Freshmen

Your first step will be to meet with an Admission Counselor. Once accepted as a freshman, talk to a Teacher Education Department advisor as soon as you can. Review the course catalog and four year map so you can plan to take the right courses at the right time.

Program Requirements

  • Freshman
    • Take ED 222 and earn grade B- or better.
    • Complete Fingerprint and Background Check (This will be done in ED 222)
    • Take Comp 150 or 250 and Psych 157. Earn B- or better.
    • Meet with advisor to discuss areas of specialization.
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
    • Register for 300 and 400 Education courses and 300 and 400 level courses in your areas of specialization (e.g. Art, Science, History, Native American Studies).
  • Senior
    • Apply for Educational Studies Internship in Fall. For more information please contact the Coordinator of Field Experiences at 970-247-7281 or email.
    • Complete Educational Studies Internship in Spring.

Roadmap for Transfer Students (Junior-Senior)

Your first step will be to meet with an Admissions Counselor, who can help with initial course planning. At this time, the FLC Registrar will review your transcript to determine which credits from your prior school can transfer here. To research what courses will be accepted:

  • If you are transferring from a Colorado Community College, please refer to the State's Transfer Agreement for Colorado Community Colleges.
  • If you have an AA in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education or related field, please see our Transfer Policies and Transfer Equivalency table. You have most likely taken courses similar to:
    • ED 222 Education: Global Perspectives,
    • ED 341 Foundations of Teaching and ED 342 Foundation of Teaching School Based Field Experiences
    • ED 327 Children’s Literature and ED 328 Children’s Literature Lab
    • PSYCH 157 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYCH 254 Life Span Development (similar to Child Development), and
    • ED 329 Family and Community Relations.

In any case, contact our department as soon as possible and plan to complete a fingerprint and background check. This is required before you are permitted to take coursework that involves observation and teaching in local schools. Review the course catalog so you can plan to take the right courses at the right time.

Program Requirements

  • Junior
    • Register for 300 and 400 Education courses and 300 and 400 level courses in your areas of specialization (e.g. Art, Science, History, Native American Studies).
  • Senior
    • Apply for Educational Studies Internship in Fall. For more information please contact the Coordinator of Field Experiences at 970-247-7281 or email.
    • Complete Educational Studies Internship in Spring.