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Boulder Journey School

Boulder Journey School


Earn your MA in Early Childhood Education, Colorado Teaching License and Large Center Director Qualification... all in 14 months!

The Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program features a residency-model, paid teaching practicum experience in which Resident Teachers are fully integrated in a classroom with the support of a Mentor Teacher.​

This unique 14-month program includes a summer online course, where graduate students will engage in coursework with new and established educators from around the world as a stepping stone before arriving for the residency year!

During the course of one year, Resident Teachers will continue to engage with educators within their residency cohort and from around the world, and design and implement curriculum that invites them to act as leaders and advocates in the field of Education. Resident Teachers will also design learning environments, partner with families and community members, and travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy, to participate in a week-long study group experience.

This program also offers a Teacher of Record pathway for those currently employed or in the process of obtaining employment in a sole or lead teaching position. ​​​ Contact Jody Ogrodnick now to inquire, and join us for an Information Session!

  • College or University
  • Boulder, CO

Institution Links

  • Financial Aid Office
  • Online Application
Sorrell Redford

The Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program prepared me in ways I couldn’t have foreseen. I learned that my power as an educator lies in my creativity and advocacy. These were strengths I didn’t know I had until my time at Boulder Journey School, and I use them every day in my career.

Sorrell Redford

Boulder Journey School

Master’s & licensure

Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program

  • 14 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person, Online, Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

Earn an MA Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Colorado Teaching License and Colorado Large Center Director Qualification.


The Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program (BJSTEP) is the result of a deep, long-term desire to advocate for highly qualified teachers in an ever-changing world. We aim to elevate the early childhood education profession and the image of early childhood educators. This program is innovative, constructivist, and always evolving.

Our mission is to advance a new cadre of experienced professionals and change-agents. We seek to nurture a growth mindset and a lifelong excitement and curiosity for learning, and we provide the necessary credentials to fulfill Colorado’s need for highly qualified teachers.

We place Resident Teachers in a one-year residency while they earn their master’s degree and teaching license. Resident Teachers receive support as they engage in personal and professional growth. Our Resident Teachers have an open mind and a willingness to try new things, embrace the unknown and sit with dissonance. In collaboration with mentors and other residents, Resident Teachers can expect to cultivate the following professional qualities:

  • Professional Character
  • Reflective Observation
  • Creativity
  • Resiliency & Humility
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Courage, Critical Knowledge
  • Curiosity
  • Literacy of Technology
  • Visionary Leadership

Someone applying in the Teacher of Record pathway can work in any area of Colorado and receives the support of both a school mentor and program mentor.

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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

  • $23,448

    In State Tuition

  • $23,448

    Out of State Tuition

  • $75

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Boulder Journey School have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Boulder Journey School to see if you can, too!


Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Check the BJSTEP website for updates and information on stipends and scholarships for the 2024-25 program year!


Student Loans, Payroll Deduction

Please refer to our FAQs page for more information about FAFSA and student loans. 

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

All Resident Teachers complete a 12-month paid teaching residency as an employee of their practicum placement site. Resident Teachers earn $14.42 per hour for working between 28-32 hours per week.

Teachers of Record are either already employed or in the process of obtaining employment as the sole/lead teacher in the classroom in Colorado.  


For more information visit:Financial Aid Office

Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education (Birth-8)

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