Nov 27, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education Graduate Programs


 

 

Candidate Requirements

Candidate Requirements for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) must provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree (the degree does not need to be in a teaching field). A faculty member in the School of Education will evaluate undergraduate transcripts from accredited institutions. Graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions in the last five years must be evaluated and approved by the graduate coordinator. A maximum of 9 semester hours of transfer credit (with grades of "B" or better) may be applied toward the MAT degree.

MAT licensure candidates in the Elementary Education Concentration and Elementary Education Alternative Licensure Concentration will be expected to complete a prerequisite class to be admitted to the MAT graduate classes.  The MAT program includes core classes and specified coursework in each licensure area. A candidate may not pursue the MAT degree and licensure in an area in which they already hold a Colorado teaching license.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

To obtain formal admission to the MAT program, candidates must submit the following application materials with their application to MSU Denver:

  • Official transcript indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution and whose cumulative undergraduate GPA, or whose GPA from the last 30 hours completed, is 3.00. If a candidate holds a GPA between a 2.50 and 2.99, a combination of GPA and a minimum score of 160 on the verbal reasoning section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be evaluated.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Foreign transcripts must also have an official English translation done by a certified translator (if applicable), and a professional course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor's degree. World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers.
  • Vita or resume, which includes work experience.
  • Two page, typed personal statement in support of application, explaining the decision to become an educator (note that if also applying for the Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate, the personal statement must be 2.5 - 3 pages in length) 
  • Criminal History Agreement (included in application)
  • Worker's Compensation Agreement (included in application)
Additional Application Requirements for International Applicants

International students must:

  • complete all of the same requirements as domestic students, as well as a separate application form, which may be found on the Office of Admissions website, msudenver.edu/admissions/apply/masters/internationalgraduateapplicants/
  • have achieved a minimum TOEFL score of 540 (or a score of 76 on the Internet version of the TOEFEL);
  • submit the required immigration documents for issuance of an I-20.

Candidate Requirements for Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate

Candidate Requirements for Non-Degree

Before applying for non-degree graduate-level admission to the School of Education, please read the information below to ensure that you are qualified to apply. Please contact the School of Education at 303-615-1777 if you have questions concerning non-degree admission.

Enrollment as a non-degree seeking student is limited to the following categories:
  1. Individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution and whose cumulative undergraduate GPA, or whose GPA from the last 30 hours completed, is 3.00 or higher will be considered on a space available basis.
  2. Individuals who are currently admitted to a graduate program at another regionally accredited institution who wish to take a limited number of classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver will be considered on a space available basis.

Applicants in the above categories must submit the following:

  • Graduate application and application fee (select non-degree option), 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended, 
  • Current detailed resume, 
  • Criminal History Agreement (included in application)
  • Worker's Compensation Agreement (included in application)
  • For category 2 above, proof of admission to a graduate program
Important Information for Non-Degree Seeking Students
  • Graduate tuition applies for all graduate courses taken as a non-degree student. Information about tuition rates and payment deadlines is available on the Office of the Bursar's website, www.msudenver.edu/bursar.
  • Students admitted as non-degree seeking are not eligible for graduate level financial aid.
  • Students are held responsible, both academically and financially, for any class in which they enroll. Failure to withdraw from any class, regardless of attendance, results in a grade of "F". Students remain liable for tuition and fees.
  • All grading policies for degree-seeking students also apply to non-degree seeking students.
  • Students who were previously enrolled in, or who have previously been denied admission to, the graduate degree program in the School of Education at MSU Denver are not eligible for non-degree status.
  • Non-degree seeking students can change their status by fully complying with degree-seeking admission requirements and submitting another application and fee.
Non-Degree Enrollment Procedures
  • The School of Education Graduate Committee and/or the School of Education Graduate Programs Coordinator determines an applicant's eligibility to take graduate courses once all application materials have been received.
  • Eligible applicants are admitted to a course on a space available basis only as long as any prerequisites have been met or with permission of the School of Education Graduate Programs Coordinator and/or the instructor. Priority is given to graduate degree- or certificate-seeking students in the School of Education.