Eligibility & application

Requirements for eligibility are the same whether you’re applying in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Education, an endorsement, or for alternative certification.

Before you apply

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 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.

For alternative certification

You must have a contract with a school/district for at least part-time employment in special education.

Education & field work requirements

You need not have field experience, nor are there are any education prerequisites that are required for admission. However, we encourage you to complete ED 222: Global Perspectives in Education, ED 341: Foundations of Teaching, and ED 342: Foundations of Teaching School-Based Field Experiences or the equivalent transfer work for an introduction to the teaching profession.

Application process

Step 1

Apply online

Complete the online Graduate Studies Application for Admission. Alternative Certification and Endorsement applicants should select “Non-degree” on the drop down menu for “Application Type” and either “Special Education Endorsement” or “Special Education Alternative Certification” for program. MAE applicants will select the MAE (degree seeking) option on the drop down menu. 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 sped@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.

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Step 2


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 sped@fortlewis.edu or:

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

Step 3


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 sped@fortlewis.edu. Write SPECIAL EDUCATION APPLICATION ESSAY [YOUR NAME] in the subject line.

Step 4

Content Tests

Take the Praxis 5001 Elementary Education test online at Colorado Department of Education site.

Step 5

Field Experience

Download and submit Field Experience Application.

Step 6

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 7


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

Step 8

Employer letters

Alternative Certification applicants only. District approved employment contract or letter of offer. Letter must include that you have been hired in a special education setting. You may download this statement of assurance form and return, signed by your employer.

Application dates

  • November 25, 2019
    Application available
  • April 1, 2020
    Priority application deadline
  • May 1, 2020
    Standard application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2020
  • August 1, 2020
    Final application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2020
  • August 2020 (TBD)
    Mandatory orientation

Please contact us with your questions.