Learn more about our program by attending one of our info sessions below. All sessions are done via Zoom video conferencing. We are also happy to meet with prospective applicants on an individual basis.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an individual meeting.
Our partner, TEACH Colorado, is a program that provides free support to anyone who’s thinking about becoming a teacher. When you sign up, you get perks like 1-on-1 coaching, up to $100 back in fee reimbursements towards expenses related to applying to our program (including testing and fingerprints), and a chance to win a regional $1,000 scholarship!
To capitalize on the application fee reimbursement, you just have to create a TEACH Colorado account here before you apply to Friends School Teacher Preparation Program. Once you have subscribed to TEACH Colorado and applied to Friends, you can submit your application fee reimbursement here and apply for the TEACH Colorado scholarship here!
WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
- Rolling Application Process: We will continue to accept applications into the summer months unless otherwise indicated on our website.
- Please note: In order to be considered for the Kitzinger Scholarship, applicants must submit the online application and Kitzinger application by February 22, 2022. Scroll down for more information on the Kitzinger Scholarship and how to apply.
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 and passing of required test, teacher candidates receive their Initial Colorado Teaching License in either Elementary Education (K-6) or Early Childhood Education (birth-age 8).
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.
Friends School Teacher Preparation Program Financial Outline 2022-23 Academic Year
Licensure through Friends School Teacher Preparation Program
$9,000 – Licensure
Master’s Program through the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) (optional)
The cost of this specialized program through the CU Denver office of Continuing & Professional Education is a significant discount over a main campus degree. Numbers based on 2021-22 tuition and are subject to change.
$4,860 – Internship year: 18 credits
$4,860-$5,823 – Remaining 18 credits
$9,720 – $10,683 – TOTAL COST OF CU Denver Master’s through partnership with Friends TPP
Licensure + Master’s Program
$18,720 – $19,683 – TOTAL Cost for Licensure and Master’s
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TPP Application Process
Follow this 3-step process to apply for the Friends TPP
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 and all supplemental materials are received received and reviewed, you will be contacted with next steps in the process.
Please note: In order for you to enroll in any Alternative Teacher Licensing Program in Colorado, including the Friends School Teacher Preparation Program, you must pass the appropriate Praxis Exams. Details and information can be found in the CDE Alternative License Instructions.
TPP Partner Schools
Bear Creek Elementary
Crest View Elementary
Crown Pointe Academy
Eisenhower Elementary School
Gold Hill Elementary School
Louisville Elementary School
Mesa Elementary School
Peak to Peak Charter School
Sanchez Elementary School
Superior Elementary School
Whittier International School
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