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Graduate Programs

The MSU Denver School of Education offers graduate programs leading to certification and licensure in various areas.  Please expand the selections below for more information.  You can learn basic graduate student information, details on the programs we offer, and details on how to get started with one of our graduate programs.

Check out the following links for information on tuition and fees for graduate programs, official catalog information, and more.


Graduate Program Tuiton & Fees

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Graduate Catalog

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Financial Aid for Graduate Students

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for candidates with a bachelor's degree in a field other than education who wish to obtain a master's degree and become a licensed teacher in the areas of either Elementary Education or Special Education. Both areas provide a comprehensive background in education with all of the required coursework and clinical experience for licensure in the state of Colorado.

The MAT program prepares candidates for successful careers in education through high quality and accessible education. The goal of the MAT programs is to prepare teachers to make effective decisions in diverse classrooms. To accomplish this goal, emphasis is placed on producing master teachers who are self-reflective, life-long learners, and who have an understanding of child development, content, and pedagogy. 

MAT licensure candidates must be able to use theory, research, classroom experience, and professional judgment to lead others in collaborative planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction for students.

We offer two concentrations of the MAT Program:

Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education

Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

The Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate Program is designed for persons holding a current license in special education, or equivalent. The goal of the certificate program is to increase the number of well trained personnel in the areas of autism and significant support needs by providing a culturally responsive curriculum designed to meet the needs of school professionals teaching in these areas.


Autism & Significant Support Needs Certificate

There are several steps in getting started with our graduate programs.  Click the links below or the tabs on the left for more information on the process of being accepted to one of our programs.  If you are ready to begin the process, please click the "How to Apply" link and follow the instructions on that page. 

Graduate Admission Requirements

How To Apply

Graduate Advising

Deadlines to apply to a graduate program in the School of Education are as follows:

Priority Deadline

Candidates who apply by the priority deadline are guaranteed to have their application processed by the beginning of the registration period.  Applying by this deadline will ensure the best selection of courses for the upcoming semester (upon acceptance and meeting university and program-specific admission requirements).

Summer 2016 Priority Deadline:
Monday, February 1st, 2016
Fall 2016 Priority Deadline:
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Spring 2017 Priority Deadline:
Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Final Deadline

Candidates who do not apply by the priority deadline can still apply up to the final deadline.  Applications accepted after the priority deadline are not guaranteed to be processed by the time registration for the upcoming term opens. 

Summer 2016 Final Deadline:
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Fall 2016 Final Deadline:
Friday, July 1st, 2016
Spring 2017 Final Deadline:
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

International Students

International students must apply early to allow for additional processing time.  International student deadlines for the upcoming terms are as follows. 

Summer 2016 Deadline:
Monday, February 1st, 2016
Fall 2016 Deadline:
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Spring 2017 Deadline:
Monday, October 3rd, 2016