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Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure

Admission Requirements

If you are interested in getting your teacher license and a Master of Arts in Education degree, please review the following admission requirements:


You must have a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or transcripts demonstrating degree completion prior to starting your graduate coursework. We offer graduate teacher licensure coursework in Secondary English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies and K-12 Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education, Drama Theater Arts, and Spanish. It is beneficial to have a degree in the content area you wish to teach; however, it is not mandatory.

  • Suggested degree programs for Secondary Licensure include:
    • Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • English (or Humanities)
    • History
    • Mathematics
  • Suggested degree programs for K-12 Licensure include:
    • Art
    • Drama/Theater
    • Exercise Science (or Physical Education)
    • Music
    • Spanish
  • It is strongly recommended that you have at least 24 hours of specific coursework in the area in which you wish to teach
  • You must take the Praxis II exam in your content area prior to admission and pass the exam prior to student teaching


You should have a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale for undergraduate degree and graduate courses and/or degrees.  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, field study 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. Email your letter to

Content Tests*

Register Fort Lewis College as a score recipient to submit official passing score documentation for the required Colorado Content Tests in your content area (PRAXIS II or PLACE). FLC offers graduate licensure in K-12 Special Areas (Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Drama/Theater) and Secondary Education 7-12 (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies).

Background Check

All first-time applicants for the Teacher Education Program are required to furnish background check information. State and National background checks use files of the Colorado and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Please complete and sign the Field Experience Application and email it to us at and write FIELD EXPERIENCE APPLICATION [YOUR NAME] in the subject line or mail it to the address provided below.

If you prefer, you may also return the Field Experience Application to the following address:

Department of Teacher Education
Graduate Studies

Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301-3999

Personal Statement

Submit a 1,200 to 1,500 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 us at Write LICENSURE APPLICATION ESSAY [YOUR NAME] in the subject line.


Prepare a resume that includes your education and work with youth. Email your finished resume to Write RESUME [YOUR NAME] in the subject line.

*Early Childhood and Elementary Education licensure are NOT offered at the graduate level at this time. If you are interested in Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education and have a Bachelor's degree, please inquire about the Teacher Education Post Baccalaureate Program.