Eligibility & application

Before you apply

Requirements for eligibility are the same whether you’re applying in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or certificate.

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 was 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 did not meet the GPA requirement
  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.

Application process

Step 1

Apply online

Complete the online Graduate Studies Application for Admission. Select either “M.A. in Ed. Principal Leadership” or "Principal Licensure Certificate" from the drop down 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 principal-leadership@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.

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Step 2


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

Letters of recommendation

One letter should be from your potential mentor principal or a current school principal who would provide insights into your leadership skills and ability to succeed as a principal.  The second letter should be from a peer or colleague addressing your leadership experience and professional skills that will make you succeed as a principal. Email letters to: principal-leadership@fortlewis.edu. Write LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION [your name] in the subject line.

Step 4

Background check & fingerprints

The department will complete a background check in Colorado as well as your current state of residency. Get started using these fingerprinting instructions and contact the Teacher Education Department's Administrative Assistant 970-247-7291 to request the materials.

Step 5


Submit a 1,200 to 1,500-word statement 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 principal-leadership@fortlewis.edu. Write PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP APPLICATION ESSAY [YOUR NAME] in the subject line.

Step 6


A copy of your current résumé. Email your finished résumé to principal-leadership@fortlewis.edu. Write RÉSUMÉ [YOUR NAME] in the subject line.