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Friends School


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.

  • Government/Nonprofit organization
  • Boulder, CO

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  • Online Application
Amanda Fox

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

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Licensure/Alternative Licensure only

Friends School Teacher Preparation Program

  • 10 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person, Online, Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

Maybe you have always wanted to be a teacher, or perhaps you have recently unearthed a passion for teaching and learning. Friends Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) draws a variety of candidates, including (but not limited to): career-changers, those who have pursued other degree paths, and others who may have been teaching for some time, whether in a lead or supporting role, and are now seeking professional training, licensure, and perhaps pursuing the optional Master’s degree while they are at it! Combining a full year of mentor-guided teaching experience (More than 1,000 hours!) with relevant, rigorous, and directly-applicable coursework and instruction (over 225 hours!), the Friends TPP prepares aspiring candidates for a sustainable teaching career. Graduates earn a Colorado Elementary or Early Childhood Initial Teacher license, as well as an optional Master’s degree through the University of Colorado Denver. Teacher Candidates (TCs) in our residency model are placed in one of our 12-plus regional partner schools where they work Tuesday through Friday in partnership with a mentor teacher. TCs in the employee model work in the role they were hired (i.e. teacher of record, para, assistant teacher) during the week.  On Saturdays, TCs come together for “Seminar”. We bring in a variety of instructors to teach required coursework for teacher licensure. This instruction is directly applicable, so candidates can immediately try out new methods and strategies in their classrooms all year long. Our goal is to give aspiring teachers the tools, teachings, and support systems to be successful, impactful educators and life-long, life-wide, and life-deep learners.

Upcoming Deadlines

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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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  • $9,900

    In State Tuition

  • $0

    Application Fee

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. 

Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education (Birth-3)
Elementary Education Elementary Education (K-6)

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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