Director of Teacher Education: Richard Fulton
Students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree may apply to enter any one of the Teacher Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure programs. As post-baccalaureate students are not seeking a degree, they are admitted to Fort Lewis College under the category: Unclassified with degree, teacher certification, Education. The time to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Licensure program varies by program and depends on the number of courses applied to the program from the student’s undergraduate curriculum. The Director of Teacher Education serves as the contact person for curriculum advising.
The licensure programs offered are shown below.
- Early Childhood Education Licensure (birth to 3rd grade)
- Elementary Education Licensure (grades K-6)
- Secondary Drama Licensure (grades 7-12)
- Secondary English Licensure (grades 7-12)
- Secondary Mathematics Licensure (grades 7-12)
- Secondary Science Licensure (grades 7-12)
- Secondary Social Studies Licensure (grades 7-12)
- Art Licensure (grades K-12)
- Music Licensure (grades K-12)
- Physical Education Licensure (grades K-12)
- Spanish Licensure (grades K-12)
Additional Licensure Options
Students in all licensure programs may seek an add-on licensure in Linguistically Diverse Education (often referred to as English as a Second Language). Students who have added licensure in Linguistically Diverse Education may also seek an add-on licensure in Linguistically Diverse Education Specialist: Bilingual Preparation.
Requirements for Admission
To gain admission to the Teacher Education Licensure Program, students who meet all requirements listed below;
Submission of fingerprints for a Colorado Department of Education background investigation.
Beginning GPA must be a minimum 2.75. The Beginning GPA is based on the grades in undergraduate courses applies to the program.
- Prospective students should submit an email request to the Director of Teacher Education. Prospective students should specify the licensure program of interest (programs are listed below) and should attach in the same email copies of transcripts from all colleges attended. The transcripts may be unofficial. The Director of Teacher Education will then review the transcripts and send in a reply email the list of courses the student needs to complete in the chosen licensure program and other information about the program.
- Following this transcript evaluation process, interested post-baccalaureate students should schedule an appointment with the Director of Teacher Education by calling the Teacher Education Department at 970-247-7291 to address concerns or questions, to establish a GPA for the purpose of admission to the Teacher Education Licensure Program, and to plan a program of studies. Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires at least at 2.75 GPA in the area of certification. Students who do not have at least a 2.75 GPA are eligible to petition the Professional Education Review Committee (PERC) by downloading the PERC petition form and guidelines and return the form and supporting documents to Administrative Assistant of the Teacher Education Program, Michelle Celeste, in EBH 249, 970-247-7291. The PERC is composed of three Teacher Edcuation faculty members who review the applicant’s petition. The PERC will review each case on its merits and not all PERC requests are granted. The PERC meets once per month during the academic year and accept petitions between mid-September through mid April. They do not meet during the last two weeks of the semester. Petitions are responded to at least four weeks after complete petition is accepted.
- Following this appointment, interested post-baccalaureate students should apply for admission to Fort Lewis College as Unclassified-Teacher Certification student.
- Post-baccalaureate students admitted to Fort Lewis College are advised by the Director of Teacher Education. Students should meet with their advisor each term prior to registration.
Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching
Post-baccalaureate students who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Licensure Program must apply for student teaching by the third Friday of the first month of the fall or spring semester that precedes their student teaching term. Requirements for admission to student teaching are indicated below. Students will attend a special meeting in the first week of the fall or spring semester prior to their intended student teaching term/third immersion term. Applications for student teaching/third immersion term are distributed at this meeting and must be submitted by the deadline announced at this meeting, typically three weeks after the meeting. For more information, students should contact Will Camp, Coordinator of Field Experiences, EBH 242.
Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching/Third Immersion Term:
- Senior or post-baccalaureate standing.
- Pass the approved PRAXIS II or PLACE content test.
- Successful completion of 100% of coursework prior to the student teaching term.
- Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and a minimum 2.75 GPA in courses with an ED designation.
- Earn a minimum grade of C (not C-) in all courses with an ED designation.
- Demonstration of proficiency on all KATS assignments completed in courses to date. See below for explanation of KATS.
- Maintain the support of teacher education faculty members. Such support may be withheld for violations of academic integrity or irresponsible actions in field experiences or course work or criminal behavior.
PERC Petition: Students not meeting the above requirements may petition for a review by the Department’s Professional Education Review Committee (PERC), which may stipulate conditions in order to be allowed to student teach. Not all PERC requests are granted.
Out-of-Area Student Teaching: Reasonable attempts will be made to approve students’ requests to student teach out-of-area (more than 70 miles from Durango). Students approved to teach out-of-area must have demonstrated consistently responsible behaviors in pre-student teaching field study and coursework. Students interested in this option should speak with Will Camp, Coordinator of Field Experiences, EBH 242, well in advance of the student teaching/third immersion term. Students who student teach out-of-area are charged an additional fee to cover the additional cost of supervision.
Required Content Tests: Students will not be placed into student teaching/ISM third immersion term until they have passed the required content test for their licensure area by the established testing dates. Thus, students should take their content test prior to the date they will apply for admission to student teaching/ third immersion term.
- For students planning to student teach/enter third immersion term in a fall semester, they should have taken their content test by November of the prior year. Students’ final opportunity to pass their required test in order to student teach in the fall semester will be the March testing date.
- For students planning to student teach/take their third immersion term in a spring semester, they should have taken their content test by June or July of the prior year. Students’ final opportunity to pass their required test in order to student teach in the spring semester will be the September testing date.
Students register on-line and can find additional information about the tests and study guides by linking to PRAXIS and PLACE from the Teacher Education website. Information on test dates also can be found on the bulletin board outside EBH 242.
Required Tests by Licensure Area
- Early Childhood Education: PLACE Test 02
- Elementary Education: PLACE Test 01 or PRAXIS II 5014
- Secondary Drama: PLACE Test 30
- Secondary English: PLACE Test 07 or PRAXIS II 5038
- Secondary Mathematics: PLACE Test 04 or PRAXIS II 5161
- Secondary Science: PLACE Test 05 or PRAXIS II 5435
- Secondary Social Studies: PLACE Test 06 or PRAXIS II 5081
- K-12 Art: PLACE Test 28
- K-12 Music: PLACE Test 29
- K-12 Physical Education: PLACE Test 32
- K-12 Spanish: PLACE Test 09
Add-on Licensure Tests (must be passed to be eligible for licensure, but not required for student teaching):
- Linguistically Diverse Education: PLACE Test 17
- Linguistically Diverse Education Specialist: Bilingual Preparation: PLACE Test 16
Completion of Student Teaching
To complete the Teacher Education Licensure Program, all students must receive a satisfactory grade in their student teaching course. To earn a satisfactory grade, all students must meet three criteria:
- Satisfactory Performance in the Student Teaching Placement,
- Proficiency in all Key Assignments in the KATS System, and
- Successful Completion of the Professional Exhibition
Each of the requirements is explained in turn.
Satisfactory Performance in the Student Teaching Placement: During student teaching students will be evaluated by educational professionals on a number of factors critical to effective teaching. These factors include pedagogical skills, content knowledge, and dispositions. Students are rated on a 1 (low) to 5 (high) scale on each element of each factor, with a rating of 3 being the minimum indicator of satisfactory performance. Students must earn a minimum 3 rating in all elements of all factors as one requirement for earning a satisfactory grade in student teaching.
Proficiency in all Key Assignments in the KATS System: KATS is the acronym for the Key Assignment Tracking System, an electronic program that monitors students’ proficiency on all 45 elements of the eight Performance-Based Standards for Colorado Teachers (PBSCT). Students demonstrate proficiency by completing Key Assignments linked to the PBSCT. These Key Assignments are included in a number of pre-student teaching and student teaching courses. For each Key Assignment, students are rated on a Not Proficient, Proficient, Exemplary scale. Students must attain a minimum rating of Proficient in all Key Assignments for all PBSCT elements as one requirement for earning a satisfactory grade in student teaching. If a student does not demonstrate proficiency on a KATS assignment in a particular course, a grade of NG will be filed and s/he will have one semester to complete the KATS.
Successful Completion of the Professional Exhibition: During the final weeks of the student teaching term, all students design and present a Professional Exhibition demonstrating, through various modes, their ability to reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and goals in a number of areas critical to effective teaching. This Professional Exhibition is evaluated by educational professionals as Not Satisfactory or Satisfactory. Students must earn a Satisfactory rating on their design and presentation as one requirement for earning a satisfactory grade in student teaching.
Recommendation for Licensure
Upon successful completion of the Teacher Education Licensure Program, students may apply for a Colorado Teaching License. The Teacher Education Department will recommend students for Colorado licensure if they meet the following requirements:
- Successful completion of all content and teaching education licensure course requirements.
- Successful completion of student teaching (which includes the demonstration of proficiency in all KATS assignments and successful presentation of the professional exhibition).
- Passing the approved PRAXIS II or PLACE content test.
- Submission of required materials to the Director of Teacher Education.
Students wishing to apply to another state are advised to contact the appropriate State Department of Education for information about specific requirements.
Requirements for Licensure Programs
Students must meet prerequisites for Specific Departmental Requirements courses. Students may enroll in 300-level ED prefix courses prior to admission to the Teacher Education Licensure Program but must be admitted to the program to enroll in 400-level ED prefix courses.