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Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Bring the benefit of mindful and compassionate teaching into the lives of the next generation.
Obtain a fully accredited professional licensure.


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 inform your teaching with contemplative methods, and transform your 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. As a teacher candidate you leave with a richness not found in other programs.



Featured Elementary Education Classes

  • Foundation of Education for a Diverse Society
  • Observing Childhood Growth and Development
  • Multicultural Education and Contemplative Critical Pedagogy



Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students pass the Colorado state teacher’s test (PRAXIS).
  • Students apply TQS, Content and CLD state standards in their lesson planning.
  • Students integrate standard and contemplative teaching/learning theories and tools to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Students create and use contemplative and standard assessments to inform their instruction.
  • Students pass all classes toward the Culturally Linguistically Diverse Endorsement.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to sustain a grounded presence in difficult classroom settings.


Required Degree Credits

You will complete 52 credit hours of education course work, 27 credit hours of general content course work and 14 credits of personal contemplative practice coursework as part of your 120 credit contemplative undergraduate education at Naropa.

Degree Requirements

Barbara Catbagan

Faculty Highlight

“The combination of culturally responsive methods, mindful pedagogical practices, and deep content knowledge is what gives our teacher candidates an edge and allows them to bring joy back to learning.”

— Barbara  Catbagan

Associate Professor and Chair of the Contemplative Education Department

Learn more about the faculty