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Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Candidate Requirements:

Candidates with a concentration in Elementary Education and Special Education must complete several steps before becoming accepted as a student in the MAT program. The process includes submitting an application with supporting documentation to the MSU Denver Admissions Office and submitting supporting documentation to the Department of Teacher Education.

MAT licensure candidates will be expected to have completed all pre-requisite coursework before enrolling in any MAT graduate classes. MSU Denver students may complete these requirements as part of their undergraduate program with an undeclared major. (See Programs tab for more information about prerequisite courses.) The MAT program includes four graduate core classes, specific licensure classes, field experience coursework and student teaching.

MSU Denver Admission Requirements:

  • Submit your graduate admissions application  
  • Provide all official baccalaureate transcripts (must be sent from undergraduate institution/s)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • International students need to submit TOEFEL scores of 540 (or a score of 76 on the Internet version of the TOEFEL).

All MSU Denver admission documents listed above must be submitted to:

MSU Denver Admissions Office
Student Success Building, Suite 180
(Admissions Station #1)

or mailed to:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 44, PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217  

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program Admission Requirements:

  • Submit copy of vita or resume
  • Submit one-to-two page typed personal statement in support of application, explaining decision to become an educator
  • Recommendation letter from previous major or education faculty
  • Provide proof of a passing score on the PLACE or Praxis II Elementary Education Content Area Exam (exam score should be sent to MSU Denver)
    • Access information about PLACE exam
    • Access information about the Praxis II exam
    • What is the difference between the PLACE and Praxis exam? Click  to find out.
  • Fingerprint card and processing fee of $39.50 (This will be required after acceptance to master’s program.)
  • Signed Worker’s Compensation Form (This will be required after acceptance to master’s program.)

All completed Master of Arts in Teaching admission documents listed above should be submitted to West Classroom #162.

Next Steps:

Students receive a yellow card once they are formally admitted into the MAT program. The yellow card shows proof of acceptance into the program, which allows students to begin their field experience coursework.

Other Considerations:

  • Experience with children and youth strongly recommended
  • Interview with program faculty may be required

Transfer Students:

  • No more than 9 transfer hours (semester or equivalent) will be accepted for any program. These credit hours must have been completed no longer than six years prior to the admission term and be from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent.
  • Programs have discretion over courses which will be accepted. A minimum grade of B is required for transfer courses.

Standards for Continuing in MAT Program::

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester, exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • Complete student teaching