Master of Education Leading to Initial Licensure

Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: Teacher Licensure

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Certification and Licensure

JIU offers programs that are acceptable for educator or educational administrator certification in most states.

Eligibility for initial educator certification in your state of residence is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. JIU’s programs are approved in Colorado. Even though you may be residing in a state other than Colorado while in your program, your application for educator certification in your state of residence will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to for more information.

Many licensed educators pursue an additional degree in order to meet state or professional requirements for career advancement. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts and consult their state educator agency website as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

JIU performs an annual review of state licensure requirements. Because all state licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, it is imperative that the student regularly determines the requirements for the state in which s/he intend to seek licensure, including any state where the student intends to relocate. To aid students with their responsibility to determine their state requirements, JIU provides a listing of educator agencies for all states on this State Disclosure webpage. This information is provided as guidance only and JIU cannot guarantee that the information is accurate and current.