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
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.
“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