Eligibility & application

Master of Arts in Education & Certificate

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 with a GPA of 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.
  • One year of full-time teaching experience in P-12 schools.
  • 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 teacher aid). Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA), English Language Learners teachers, or Instruction 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 Graduate Admission Committee that (1) clearly explains the reason(s) you have not met the 3.0 GPA requirements and (2) describes an action plan that you will use to successfully address reasons you did not earn a 3.0 GPA previously. In your action plan, please include specific strategies you will use to balance the demands of coursework, homework, schoolwork hours, personal commitments, etc. Your plan may include the following strategies or add strategies of your own: create a schedule, work with the Fort Lewis College Writing Center, schedule regular meetings with your professors, and specific study strategies.

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. 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.