Before you apply

Requirements for eligibility differ if you’re applying in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or as a non-degree-seeking student.

Eligibility for MAE

Eligibility for this program is dependent on your meeting certain criteria. As this is a competitive program, the Teacher Education Department will form a cohort from amongst the applicants who meet eligibility criteria. Meeting the eligibility criteria, or minimum standards, alone does not guarantee admission.

Minimum Standards

Bachelor’s degree

You have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Grade point average (GPA)

For baccalaureate and prior graduate coursework, you need at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 GPA scale.
*Note: This is true for graduate work even if it did not lead to a degree. If you have multiple undergraduate degrees, the minimum GPA applies to each.

GPA exceptions

If your GPA is below 3.0, and you still wish to apply, please write a letter to the Admission Committee that:

  1. Clearly explains the reason(s) you have not met the 3.0 GPA requirements
  2. Describes your action plan to address those reasons using specific strategies to balance coursework (including class time and homework) and personal commitments. Develop your own strategies, or include the following: create and adhere to a schedule, use the FLC writing center and other campus resources, set regular meetings with faculty, and use specific study plans.

Field experience

You have access to students and school data.
We encourage you to apply if you:

  • Have full-time or part-time employment in a teaching position (or are on leave from a teaching position) in a local public or private school as the instructor of record (not a student teacher or para-professional)
  • Are a teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), English Language Development teacher, and/ or Instructional Coach

Note: Full-time or part-time volunteers in schools are eligible for consideration under special situations.

Eligibility for Non-Degree-Seeking students

We welcome you to apply as a non-degree-seeking student if you have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. There are no other eligibility requirements.

To apply

Step 1

Online Application
Complete the online Graduate Studies Application for Admission. Select “M.A. in Ed.” on the dropdown menu for “Application Type.” When you submit the application, you will be required to pay the $50 application fee by electronic check or credit card.  This fee is non-refundable. If you need support with your graduate application, email cld@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.

Step 2

Transcripts

Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended for both undergraduate and graduate coursework are required for admission to FLC Graduate Studies. Electronic official transcripts are preferred. Please send electronic transcripts directly to the Department of Teacher Education from the institution or National Transcript Clearinghouse. Unofficial transcripts or emailed transcripts from a third party are not considered official.

Fort Lewis College transcripts will be obtained for you. If you attended FLC in the past and had transfer work, please email the names of the institutions and we will inquire with the Undergraduate Admissions office if these official transcripts are on file. Admission documents are only required to be kept for one year. If your transfer transcripts are not available, it is your responsibility to request official transcripts to include with your application.

In addition to degree applicable coursework, official documents are required for all professional and personal development for which you received credit on a college transcript (this includes conference attendance or coursework for licensure credit). If any of the transcripts show work in progress, final transcripts must also be submitted.

Submit official transcripts to cld@fortlewis.edu or:

Fort Lewis College
Graduate Studies
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Step 3

Essay
Submit a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes 1) your interest in graduate education and how it contributes to your personal and professional goals and 2) how the Fort Lewis College graduate program to which you are applying will help you meet your goals. Email your finished statement to cld@fortlewis.edu.

Step 4

Résumé
Email a current résumé to cld@fortlewis.edu. Write RÉSUMÉ FOR [YOUR NAME] in the subject line.

Step 1

Online Application
Complete the online Graduate Studies Application for Admission. Select “Non-Degree” on the dropdown menu for “Application Type.” When you submit the application, you will be required to pay the $50 application fee by electronic check or credit card.  This fee is non-refundable. If you are experiencing difficulties with the submission of your graduate application, email cld@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.

Step 2

Transcripts

Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended for both undergraduate and graduate coursework are required for admission to FLC Graduate Studies. Electronic official transcripts are preferred. Please send electronic transcripts directly to the Department of Teacher Education from the institution or National Transcript Clearinghouse. Unofficial transcripts or emailed transcripts from a third party are not considered official.

Fort Lewis College transcripts will be obtained for you. If you attended FLC in the past and had transfer work, please email the names of the institutions and we will inquire with the Undergraduate Admissions office if these official transcripts are on file. Admission documents are only required to be kept for one year. If your transfer transcripts are not available, it is your responsibility to request official transcripts to include with your application.

In addition to degree applicable coursework, official documents are required for all professional and personal development for which you received credit on a college transcript (this includes conference attendance or coursework for licensure credit). If any of the transcripts show work in progress, final transcripts must also be submitted.

Submit official transcripts to cld@fortlewis.edu or:

Fort Lewis College
Graduate Studies
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Step 3

Résumé
Email a current résumé to cld@fortlewis.edu. Write RÉSUMÉ FOR [YOUR NAME] in the subject line.

Application dates

Please mark your calendar for the following dates and deadlines:

  • November 25, 2019 
    Application available
  • April 1, 2020 
    Priority application and scholarship deadline
  • May 1, 2020
    Standard application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2020
  • July 15, 2020 
    Final application and scholarship deadline (or until cohort fills)
  • TBD (August)  CLD Orientation

For support with your graduate application, email cld@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.