Friends School is an independent, non-profit school in Boulder, Colo. that serves preschool, elementary and middle school students. We are committed to educating the whole child—head, hand and heart—and to training exceptional teachers for tomorrow’s classrooms. We provide a strong academic foundation while developing creative expression and nurturing a passion for learning. Our students gain a deep understanding of themselves and are inspired to act with compassion and integrity. Friends School is home to a renowned Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). The Friends TPP is an alternative teacher licensure program, designated through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to prepare teachers for licensure in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education. We partner with more than 12 regional schools—public, charter and independent—to offer a wide variety of teaching placement options for aspiring teachers. In addition, Friends TPP partners with the University of Colorado Denver to offer an optional Master’s Degree in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences in conjunction with the teacher preparation program.
Through the Friends Teacher Preparation Program, you are able to get a true sense of life as a classroom teacher. The format of the program naturally invites connection between your Monday-Thursday life in the classroom with best practices and pedagogy taught in Friday seminars, enriching your learning, as well as that of your students.
Amanda Fox, Alumni
Licensure/Alternative Licensure only
Friends School Teacher Preparation Program
In-person, Online, Hybrid
Application Fee & Annual Tuition
In State Tuition
Ways to Lower Your Costs
Students at Friends School have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Friends School to see if you can, too!
$4,475 - $8,950
Grants, Stipends, Scholarships
The Carol Kitzinger Scholarship is awarded to teaching candidates who show exceptional potential as teachers and who have unmet financial need. To be eligible, applicants must apply for the scholarship by following the instructions on the Friends TPP webiste.
Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled
If a candidate is placed with one of our select independent school partners, they could be eligible to have a portion or the entirety of the Friends TPP costs covered! Because of this added benefit, these spots are highly competitive and do require some additional interview components as the school sees fit. If interested in this option, we encourage candidates to apply by the Priority Deadline and let the program staff know of your interest.
Applicants also have the option to pursue and secure their own paid placement/position for the program year as long as it is approved by the Friends TPP and your host school administrator.
Elementary Education Elementary Education (K-6)
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
American Indian or Alaskan Native
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races