Requirements for eligibility are the same whether you’re applying for a Master of Arts in Education or as a non-degree student seeking teacher licensure eligibility.
Eligibility for this program is dependent on 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.
You have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
For baccalaureate and any prior graduate coursework, you need at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 GPA scale.
*Note: This is true for all coursework work even if it did not lead to a degree. If you have multiple transcripts, we will calculate a cumulative GPA using each of them.
If your GPA is below 3.0, and you still wish to apply, please write a letter to the Admission Committee that:
For traditional graduate licensure (MAE or licensure only), you need to pass the PRAXIS in your licensure area. Coursework cannot be substituted for the Praxis content exam according to the Colorado Department of Education requirements.
Admission criteria for alternative certification is aligned with the Colorado Department of Education alternative certification criteria.
Evidence of knowledge requires either 1) passing the PRAXIS in the licensure area; OR 2) completing 24 credits in areas outlined on the forms linked here: CDE Alternative Licensing Endorsement Areas, as evaluated and approved by CDE.
You must have a contract with a school/district for employment as a teacher-of-record in your content area.
Field experience and education prerequisites are not required for admission. However, we recommend 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 if you are interested in taking introductory coursework about the teaching profession.