Elementary Education Licensure - Program Overview

Accreditation and Quality

  • Higher learning commission (HLC) of North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • All courses taught by Adams State University instructors or approved clinical faculty


Initial licensure: 

Elementary Education licensure with Literacy Emphasis

Cohort model: 

Students enrolled in fall semester progress through ASU Teacher Education - online program simultaneously, completed in a continuous 5-semester pre-determined sequence of professional education courses

Interactive delivery methods:

  • Majority of learning is online/asynchronous (at your own pace/time)
  • Minimal travel required, as deemed applicable per course/Instructor requirement (Minimal travel required)
  • Mandatory Orientation in Alamosa at the Adams State University Campus 3rd weekend in July each year. (Includes participation in necessary eligibility requirements to begin program)

Overseen by the Teacher Education Department and aligned with:


  • Evaluation of transcripts by the ASU Transfer Coordinator with follow up advisement. Includes evaluation of core requirements and program degree plan
  • Cumulative and semester GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Complete ASU admission packet including official transcripts from any and all colleges previously attended and be accepted to ASU by June 1st
  • Must complete General Studies and all prerequisite courses by end of fall semester in which you begin the program
  • Must complete Background check for Colorado Department of Education. CDE must show this requirement as met to comply and proceed with program
  • Program Cohorts begin fall semester of each year
  • Submit  Elementary Ed. admission application to the Teacher Education Department by June 20th and successfully complete all admission requirements during the July orientation
  • Students should take and pass the appropriate:
  • PLACE or Praxis II passing results need to be received by the Teacher Education Department before the 7th week of the spring or fall semester prior to student teaching. If passing results are not received by this time, the student teaching placement may be jeopardized. The Colorado Department of Education does require a passing score prior to an initial teaching license being issued.

Student Services

  • Free Unofficial transcript evaluation through the records office
  • Advising for admission and planning
  • Advising on Financial Aid through the financial aid office
  • Friendly, consistent customer service