Eligibility & application

Master of Arts in Education

You are admissible to the Teacher Leadership degree programs if you meet the minimum standards.  The Department of Teacher Education will select among the admissible applicants to form each program cohort.  Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to a program.

Minimum Standards

  • Earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university>
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average in:
    • Coursework leading to a baccalaureate:  3.00 on a 4.00 scale.   Applicants with two or more baccalaureate degrees must have the minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average for each degree awarded.
    • Coursework at the graduate level:  3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants with prior graduate work must have the minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average in all graduate work, even if that work did not result in a graduate credential.
  • Access to students and school data. Full-time or part-time employment in a teaching position (or 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) or teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA), English Language Development teachers, and/ or Instructional Coaches are encouraged to apply. Full-time or part-time volunteers in schools are eligible for consideration under special situations.

Appealing an eligibility decision

If you do not meet the minimum standards, you may still be considered for admission, subject to an additional review. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission standards are recommended to complete their application files at least one month prior to the application deadline.  If your GPA is below 3.0, we ask that you prepare a letter to the Admission Committee that (1) clearly explains the reason(s) you have not met the 3.0 GPA requirements and (2) addresses how educational and work experiences have changed your ability to perform at a higher level than your previous GPA indicates, particularly in your ability to critically analyze advanced academic material and communicate in precise and articulate fashion.

Non-Degree-Seeking

You are admissible as a non-degree-seeking student if you have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.


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
Submit sealed official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended for both undergraduate and graduate studies to the Department of Teacher Education. Fort Lewis College transcripts will be obtained for you. 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. Mail transcripts to:

Department of Teacher Education
Graduate Studies
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301-3999

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
Submit sealed official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended for both undergraduate and graduate studies to the Department of Teacher Education. Fort Lewis College transcripts will be obtained for you. 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. Mail transcripts to:

Department of Teacher Education
Graduate Studies
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301-3999

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.