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 incorporate mindfulness practices in your teaching,
support your students' social emotional development, and transform your life with
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.
Technology, as it has become increasingly common in public and private schools, is
woven into each course with opportunities for instruction and experience with 1:1
Google Chromebooks, Apple iPads, and technology applications that support best practices.
Students will grow in skillfully blending their use of digital tools with contemplative
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.
“ 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.”
“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.”