• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gunnison, CO, United States
The Education program at the Western State Colorado University states that everyone remembers a favorite teacher who had a lasting impact. Being an educator offers an extraordinary sense of satisfaction in knowing you had a hand in changing the world.
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The Education program at the Western State Colorado University will challenge students to take courses in their major discipline. In their senior year, they’re matched with a mentor teacher to complete a clinical residency in the location of their choice. Students attend a summer session after they finish their major to prepare for the residency, and they complete their Education-specific coursework online while student teaching. 

After completing their major, Education-specific coursework and their residency year, students will graduate with a degree in their chosen field and a recommendation for licensure from the Colorado Department of Education. 

Careers & Opportunities

Education graduates are set to become teachers, but there are many different types of teaching positions and pathways to landing a job that fits. Many undergraduates choose to continue to earn their master’s degree, which opens up the possibility of higher wages, specialty licensures and administrative and district-level jobs later in their career. In addition to being a classroom teacher, the following positions may be open to graduates:

  • Coaches
  • Tutors
  • Teachers in international schools
  • Online teachers
  • Outdoor educators
  • Literacy coaches

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Western is on a rolling admission cycle. However, we recommend that high school seniors apply before the deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Each student in Education experiences a year-long residency with a master mentor teacher. During this Residency, students join in their resident-school activities, faculty meetings, conferences, intervention meetings and events.

The Education Department also encourages students to get involved in the field of education outside of the program. Students can attend state and national conferences, engage in local policy and reform discussions, apply for awards, and serve on education-related committees.

Many of our graduates take jobs in the schools where they intern and obtain positions as:

  • K-12 teachers.
  • Special-education teachers.
  • Coaches.
  • Tutors.
  • Teachers in international schools.
  • Math specialists.
  • Reading specialists.
  • Online teachers.
  • Outdoor educators.
  • Literacy coaches.
  • Induction/mentor coordinators.
  • Professional development coordinators and trainers.
  • Faculty in higher education.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.95

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.95 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete Western’s Online Application or the Common Application.
  • Submit your official high school and/or college transcripts. All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations of these documents. These documents must be original copies with an official signature and bear the school's official seal, or a certified copy. All academic credit documentation for work completed outside of the United States must submit transcripts to a NACES member credential evaluation service for a course by course evaluation. 
  • Request your official TOEFL, IELTS, ACT and/or SAT exam scores to be sent to Western. 
  • Submit the $50 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6624 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gunnison

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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