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Boulder Journey School
Boulder Journey School

Take the next step in your journey as an educator, leader and activist! Apply now for the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program.

Boulder Journey School is recognized internationally for innovation in early childhood education and teacher education. Developed in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver and the Colorado Department of Education, the Teacher Education Program offers a one-year master’s degree and teaching licensure residency program.

This program features a paid, year-long teaching practicum experience. As a Resident Teacher, you’ll co-teach alongside a mentor teacher at Boulder Journey School or at a partnering school. If you’re currently employed, you can also apply to remain at your school during the program.

During your residency, you’re invited to act as a leader and advocate in the field of education, through hands-on experiences. You’ll create and implement contextual curriculum, design learning environments and partner with families and community members. You’ll also travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy to participate in a week-long study group experience.

  • College or University
  • Boulder, CO
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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

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Master’s & licensure
Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program
  • From 12 to 12 months
    Program Duration
  • Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Feb. 17, 2023
    Application Deadlines
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Program Info

Graduate with a Masters Degree in Learning, Developmental, and Family Sciences, with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Colorado Teaching License.

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.

The Teacher Education Program operates in and near the Boulder/Denver area. We place Resident Teachers in a one-year teaching position while they earn their master’s degree. 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
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  • From 12 to 12 months
    Program Duration
  • Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Feb. 17, 2023
    Application Deadlines

Application Fee & Annual Tuition

  • $22,000

    In State Tuition

  • $22,000

    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 on stipends and scholarships.

Student Loans, Payroll Deduction

Student loans are available. Please refer to our FAQ page for more details.

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

All Resident Teachers complete a 12-month paid teaching practicum, as an employee of their practicum placement site. Resident Teachers earn $12 per hour for working a minimum of 1,000 hours, totalling $12,000 before taxes. Specific schedules and weekly hours vary from site to site, and based on your scheduled weekly hours, you may have the opportunity to earn more income. 

Resident Teachers will complete the necessary paperwork regarding employment at a later date. If you are currently a school employee and plan to complete your practicum at your current school, you can negotiate your hours and salary with your employer, as long as you complete a minimum of 1,000 hours.

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office

Licensure Areas
Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education (Birth-8)

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