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Naropa University

Naropa University is a private, nonsectarian, nonprofit, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, education, environmental studies, peace studies, psychology and religious studies. Naropa educates the whole person, cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom. The university nurtures in its students a lifelong joy in learning, a critical intellect, the sense of purpose that accompanies compassionate service to the world, and the openness that arises from authentic insight and self-understanding. Nonsectarian and Buddhist-inspired, Naropa University is rooted in contemplative education, a teaching and learning approach that integrates Eastern wisdom with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa's 4 year Elementary Education BA not only provides students the pathway to K-6 teacher licensure, but also earns students the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement which expands the range of public schools in which teachers can work and increases their marketability. Naropa teacher candidates are passionate about educational equity and the integration of mindfulness and social emotional learning in order to provide their future students an empowering and holistic education.

  • College or University
  • Boulder, CO
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Bachelor’s & licensure
Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Program
  • From 48 to 96 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
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Program Info

There are other programs that teach mindfulness, but Naropa University is the only school in the nation that bases its entire curriculum on mindful, contemplative education. As a result, you will learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices in your teaching, support your students' social and emotional development and transform your own life with contemplative practice. Contemplative education asks you to see yourself, see the world, and see yourself in the world. At Naropa we provide you with the content knowledge seen through culturally responsive lenses and mindful practices to ground your investigation of the world. Unlike many other Teacher Licensure Programs, upon completion of this course of study, students will satisfy both the Teacher Licensure credentialing requirements and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement. This endorsement increases both the marketability of graduates and their capacity to teach in our diverse society.

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  • From 48 to 96 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
Upcoming Deadlines
  • Deadlines
    Program Start
  • Rolling Deadline
Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
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Cost Offsets
Students at Naropa University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Naropa University to see if you can, too!
Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Academic Excellence, GPA of 3.5+ awards $10,000 per full academic year per student.

Academic Honors, GPA of 3.0-3.49 awards $7,500 per full academic year per student.

Academic Achievement, GPA of 2.75-2.99 awards $5,000 per full academic year per student.

Holistic Community Scholars Students from underrepresented groups and first-generation college students are eligible for this scholarship that covers all unmet need for students pursuing elementary teacher licensure. Holistic Community Scholars receive extensive holistic supports and mentorship in addition to the scholarship. Interested students should email eleach@naropa.edu

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Work Study positions of up to 20 hours per week are available at a rate of $12.50/hour.

For more information visit: Financial Aid Office
Licensure Area
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12)
Elementary Education (K-6)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

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  • Year 4

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

  • Preparation for Diverse Populations

  • Mentoring & Coaching

  • Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence

Total Enrollment
  • Male
  • Female
  • 5%
  • 95%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 5%
  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 95%
  • 0%
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