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General Studies + Teacher Licensure

General Studies + Teacher Licensure

Bachelor of Arts

This teaching program is 100% online and designed for working professionals who want to teach K-12 in Colorado. We combine the logistics of an adult-based online learning system with the expertise of Western Colorado University’s top-ranked teacher preparation program. Our Education Department has graduated outstanding educators for more than 100 years. Within weeks of applying, you’ll be on the path to fulfilling your dreams of being a teacher.

Program Overview

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Finish your degree and earn a teaching license in one step.

More than ever, Colorado teachers are in demand. Per the Colorado Department of Education, there were over 400 unfilled teaching positions across the state in 2020-21. We can help close that gap by providing you with the proper teaching credentials, including state licensure.

Transform lives

Working with K-12 students is both energizing and inspiring. Teachers impact the lives of their students forever.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

A 49-credit, individualized-study program requiring a selection of courses from three areas, plus a one-credit career and professional development course (ADC 300 Degree to Career Success), and a three-credit senior capstone course (ADC 490 Capstone). Students will take 15 credits from each of three areas listed below to demonstrate educational breadth in their studies.  For coursework in Areas 1-3, students are expected to complete ADC offerings listed below or similar coursework.  The students in General Studies who seek Colorado Licensure through Western's Education Department will satisfy the capstone requirement by completing the licensure unit instead of ADC 490 Capstone

Course List
Code Title Credits
Area 1 - Culture and Society (choose five):15
ENG 310
Food and Travel Writing
ENVS 100
Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)
ESS 320
Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
ESS 490
Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity
HIST 200
Historical Inquiry
HIST 370
Public History
HIST 372
Monuments and Museums
POLS 117
Introduction to Political Ideas (GT-SS1)
POLS 397
Special Topics
ROE 351
Inquiry into Sustainability
SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)
SOC 320
Sociology of Families
SOC 351
Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 367
SOC 380
Social Class, Status, and Power
Area 2 - Education and Human Development (choose five):15
EDUC 102
Learning & Teaching (GT-SS3)
EDUC 197
Special Topics in Education
EDUC 202
Education and Schooling in the U.S. (GT-SS3)
EDUC 340
Application of Pedagogy and Practice
EDUC 397
Special Topics in Education
ESS 185
Lifetime Wellness
ROE 182
Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education
ROE 235
Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education
ROE 240
Alternative Programming
ROE 283
Leadership and Facilitation
ROE 391
Experiential Education Theory and Pedagogy
ROE 398
Program Planning (with laboratory)
ROE 468
Leadership and Administration
Business, Communication and Media (choose five):15
ACC 201
Introduction to Financial Accounting
ART 173
Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design
ART 270
Introduction to Graphic Design and Illustration
BUAD 185
Business Communication
BUAD 270
Principles of Marketing
BUAD 327
Social Media Marketing
BUAD 335
Marketing Communications
COM 274
Public Relations Communication
COM 346
Multimedia Communication
COM 371
Small Group and Conflict Management
COM 375
Social Media Skills
COM 377
Intercultural Communication in the Digital Age
ENG 302
Technical Writing
ESS 382
Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities
ESS 450
Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings
ROE 333
Recreation and Sport Marketing
Total Credits45
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
ADC 300 Degree to Career Success 1
Area 1 Elective 3
Area 2 Elective 3
Area 2 Elective 3
Area 3 Elective 3
Area 1 Elective 3
Area 3 Elective 3
Year Two
Area 1 Elective 3
Area 2 Elective 3
Area 2 Elective 3
Area 3 Elective 3
Area 2 Elective 3
Area 3 Elective 3
Year Three
Area 1 Elective 3
Area 3 Elective 3
Area 1 Elective 3
ADC 490 Capstone 3
 Total Credits49


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Top Skills

  • Case Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Critical Thinking
  • Curriculum Development
  • Effective Communication
  • Social Work

Career Pathways

  • Child, Family, & School Social Worker
  • Education Administrator
  • Education Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Middle School or High School Teacher

Take the first steps toward your academic and personal growth.

Fostering your intellectual development is the primary focus of every academic program at Western. Our professors and Office of Career Services will help you identify your strengths, hone your skills, define your goals, and prepare for a fulfilling and enriched life after graduation. Wondering how you can apply your program of choice to your intellectual and personal journey? Check out our “What Can I Do With This Major?” tool to explore the diverse opportunities and pathways within any degree program.

Beyond the Classroom

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Earn a teaching license from anywhere.

Our dedicated faculty and support teams are experts in online education, giving you personalized assistance for planning, coursework and more. When you’re ready, Western Education faculty guides you through practical application of your coursework in your teacher licensure year. Online learning resources are also available 24 hours a day.

Prepare for a fulfilling career

Teachers not only influence their students, but impact their communities and act as important advocates for change.

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Financial Aid

Western Colorado University is committed to low tuition costs, and we are ready to help you find the most efficient path to your degree. We offer customizable financing options and one-on-one support with a financial aid counselor to create a payment plan that works for you and your circumstances.

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How it Works

Adult Degree Completion helps adults with some college education complete their bachelor’s degree in an affordable and accessible setting. This customizable program is structured so participating students can honor their preexisting job and life commitments, while still working toward a versatile degree in Business Communication or General Studies + Teacher Licensure.

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Department Information

Adult Degree Completion

Department Chairperson

Terry Schliesman, Ph.D.

Adult Degree Completion Program Director

Adult Degree Completion Associate Director

Eliza Ekstrom Sullivan

Adult Degree Completion Associate Director

Campus Location

Western Colorado University

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1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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