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Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University


Founded in 1925, Colorado Mesa University is a comprehensive, public liberal arts university situated in Grand Junction in the Western Slope of Colorado.

  • College or University
  • Grand Junction, CO

Institution Links

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Online Application
Dr. Blake Bickham

With the current teacher shortage, we want to take every opportunity to celebrate future teachers and their important work.

Blake Bickham

Colorado Mesa University


Bachelor’s & licensure

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program

  • From 48 to 72 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

With over 11,000 students, the Colorado Mesa University is the regional hub for professional, technical, and liberal arts training at the bachelor’s, associates, and graduate level. With a roster of noted scholars who serve as faculty, Colorado Mesa University creates an environment designed to foster a dynamic exchange of ideas and to prepare its students for success in today’s interconnected world. By focusing on regional and national employment needs and trends, students at Colorado Mesa University gain the skills necessary to find meaningful work upon graduation and beyond.

The Center for Teacher Education at Colorado Mesa University prioritizes building community among the western slope counties in Colorado by placing students in local districts for field learning. The center works closely with districts to prepare new teachers for future employment. It works hard to ensure that future teachers have access to the highest quality learning by offering programs to individuals at all levels in their professional and student life. Each of the 13 different approved licensure and endorsement programs in the Center for Teacher Education at Colorado Mesa University are authorized by both the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Also, the Center for Teacher Education offers an opportunity for students to pursue a career as an elementary education teacher while continuing to live in their Colorado community. The program provides students access to a Bachelor of Arts degree with elementary education licensure, using a cohort model that starts each fall. The four semester sequence is designed for students to complete the education coursework through online and computer-based coursework. All of our online elementary students must complete field hours in area schools. Students are typically placed within our 14-county western slope community of school districts.

Get to know our instructors here: https://www.coloradomesa.edu/teacher-education/faculty.html

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Mar. 15, 2024


Application Fee & Annual Tuition

Learn how to get$100 Back
and apply for a$1000 Scholarship

  • $9,644

    In State Tuition

  • $14,337

    Out of State Tuition

  • $30

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Colorado Mesa University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Colorado Mesa University to see if you can, too!


Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

The Reisher Scholars Program is available to students who transfer from community college to traditional universities and who have already demonstrated academic and leadership potential as undergraduates.

The Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation awards scholarships to eligible students from Mesa County, Colorado and Carbon County, Utah.

Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of outstanding women educators, offers the Title XI Scholarship to support an outstanding female educator during her final student teaching semester.

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Work Study is offered based on student need. If a student is not eligible for Pell Grants, CMU also offers work assistantships to students who do not have a financial need. 

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office

Licensure Areas

English Language Arts (7-12)
Music (K-12)
Physical Education (K-12)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Special Education Elementary Education (Pre-K)
Visual Arts (K-12)
World Languages—Spanish (7-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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