Before you apply

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

Eligibility for the 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.

Field experience

You must have a minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience in P-12 schools.
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. Teacher Leadership” 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 teacher-leadership@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.

Step 2

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 Teacher-Leadership@fortlewis.edu.

Step 3

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 4

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

Step 1

Online Application
Complete the online Graduate Studies Application for Admission. Select “Teacher Leadership Certificate” in 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 teacher-leadership@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.

Step 2

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 Teacher-Leadership@fortlewis.edu.

Step 3

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 4

Résumé
Email a current résumé to teacher-leadership@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 Teacher Leadership” 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 teacher-leadership@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

Application dates

Please mark your calendar for the following dates and deadlines:

  • November 21, 2020
    Fall 2021 online application available
  • April 1, 2021
    Priority application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2021
  • May 1, 2021
    Standard application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2021
  • July 15, 2021
    Final  application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2021

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