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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

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Student Highlight

I feel that my role in education breaks down into three parts, although these parts will forever intertwine and impact one other. They are: social justice, Earth restoration, and human awakening. My social justice orientation calls me to work in the public schools. I want to bring the radical, holistic, and contemplative ways of education that I have studied to all children.” 

— Rachel Boyle

Elementary Education Student

See Rachel's Education Philosophy site here
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Faculty Highlight

“The Elementary Education program at Naropa is unique because, in addition to preparing students for teacher licensure, it supports students in developing mindfulness and culturally responsive pedagogy so that students can become transformative educators for social justice. All elementary education majors graduate with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement because we believe that all teachers must be equipped to teach all students. The level of critical dialogue and compassion present in each class discussion is inspiring.”

— Betsy Leach

Faculty in the Elementary Education Department

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