Initial Teacher Licensure Programs

Initial licensure programs are either attached to an undergraduate major (See Undergraduate Initiate Licensure Programs, in the University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate catalog), or are stand-alone post-baccalaureate graduate programs described below. They are approved by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. These programs include one initial endorsement. Individuals who already have an initial license but are wishing to add another endorsement should refer to the Graduate Added Endorsement Licensure Programs.

A teacher license is a right to teach in Colorado public schools, and an endorsement is the right to teach in a specific area (for example, in Elementary classroom, or History in secondary classroom). The initial licensure programs are called PTEP. Professional Teacher Education Programs. Most of teacher licensure programs are administered by the School of Teacher Education, www.unco.edu/teach, unless otherwise noted. UNC Licensure officer Vicky Stromberger is located at McKee 216, (970) 351-1624 or; vicky.stromberger@unco.edu.