FIELD-BASED RESIDENCY MODEL
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 and surrounding counties 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 Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences, through our partnership with the University of Colorado Denver. Teacher candidates in the Master’s program receive 12 hours of graduate credit for their classroom teaching experience and coursework completed within the program, with an additional 6 credits earned through University of Colorado Denver courses during the program year. The remaining eighteen credits through University of Colorado Denver are generally taken over the summer and following year.
TPP Information Sessions
Join us for one of our info sessions by clicking on a date below. All sessions will take place at our North Campus, in the TPP Seminar Room. We are also happy to meet with prospective applicants on an individual basis.
- Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 9am
- Monday, October 21, 2019 – 4pm
- Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – 9am
- Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 4pm
- Thursday, January 9, 2020 – 9am
- Monday, January 27, 2020 – 4pm
Please contact email@example.com 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 and reviewed, you will be contacted with next steps in the process.
Step 2: Complete step 1-4 of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Alternative License 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) for Elementary licensure, Early Childhood (#5240) for Early Childhood licensure, or submit for a transcript evaluation for Early Childhood licensure.
Step 3: (OPTIONAL) University of Colorado Denver Application for Master’s Program.
If accepted into the Friends TPP, this will be completed with program support in May and/or early June.
- Friends TPP Financial Outline
- University Colorado of Denver Master’s Financial Aid FAQs
- Kitzinger Scholarship Information
- Kitzinger Scholarship Application
- University Colorado of Denver Master’s Program Information
- Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Requirements & Instructions
TPP Partner Schools
Friends School’s Teacher Preparation Program partners with the following schools who host Friends Teacher Candidates in their classrooms:
- Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS)
- Bear Creek Elementary
- Crest View Elementary
- Crown Pointe Academy
- Emerald Elementary
- High Peaks Elementary School
- Louisville Elementary School
- Mesa Elementary School
- Monarch K-8
- Sanchez Elementary School
- Whittier International School
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