Friends School is fortunate to offer a unique teacher preparation program to aspiring teachers that will enable them to attain a Colorado teaching license as well as a Master’s degree in education. This highly regarded graduate program places teachers in public and independent schools throughout Boulder County each year.
Hands-On Classroom Teaching Experience
Teacher candidates spend four days each week for one school year in either an elementary or preschool classroom, working alongside a mentor teacher in a co-teaching role. Coursework begins in August with an orientation week and continues every Friday throughout the school year.
LICENSE & MASTER’S DEGREE
Colorado Teaching License
Upon completion of the program, teacher candidates receive their Initial Colorado Teaching License in either Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education.
Participants in the preparation program may choose to complete a Master’s in Education and Human Development, through our partnership with the University of Colorado Denver. Teacher candidates in the Master’s program receive eighteen hours of graduate credit for their classroom teaching experience and coursework completed during their program year. The remaining eighteen credits are generally taken over the summer and following year.
TPP Information Sessions
We will begin hosting information sessions again the Fall of 2018. In the meantime, we are happy to meet with prospective applicants on an individual basis. RSVP to an event below or contact us to schedule an individual meeting.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Julie Hart, EdD
Teacher Preparation Program Director
Teacher Preparation Program Manager
TPP Application Process
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Please read through the application checklist prior to starting your application. You will not be able to save and return to the application once you have started, so you will want to make sure you have all components ready. Please note: You must have a bachelor’s degree in order to participate in the program.
Once your application is received, you will be contacted with next steps in the process.
Please note: You may apply to Friends School Teacher Preparation Program without first receiving approval from the CDE as this may take several months. (See step 2)
Step 2: Complete steps 1, 2, and 3 of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Requirements.
Please note: In order for you to be accepted into any Alternative Teacher Licensing Program in Colorado, including the Friends School Teacher Preparation Program, you must pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Exam (#5001).
Step 3: (OPTIONAL) University of Colorado Denver (UCD) Application for Master’s Program.
If accepted into the Friends TPP, this will be completed with program support in May.
- Friends TPP Financial Outline
- UCD Master’s Financial Aid FAQs
- Kitzinger Scholarship Information
- Kitzinger Scholarship Application
TPP Partner Schools
Friends School’s Teacher Preparation Program partners with the following schools who place Friends Teacher Candidates in their classrooms:
- Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS)
- Bear Creek Elementary
- High Peaks Elementary School
- Louisville Elementary School
- Sanchez Elementary School
- Whittier International School
- Alexander Dawson School
- Boulder Country Day School
- Friends School
- Mackintosh Academy
- Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten
Friends School Partner Schools Map:
The Friends School Teacher Prep Program was one of the best years of my life, and it has shaped my entire teaching career. I completed the program in 2008 and have been teaching from the heart ever since. Thank you!
~ Mackenzie F-H, former TC