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About this Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education with Alternative Licensure Program (ALP 2 MAT) is a two-year program designed for those who want to obtain a teaching license and earn a master’s degree with an endorsement in Elementary Education.



ALP 2 MAT candidates must:

  • Have been hired as a full-time elementary teacher in any Colorado Front Range area public school district, public or private charter school, or accredited private school.
  • Pass the PRAXIS #5901 – Three Subtests in Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science
  • Meet the Colorado Department of Education ALP requirements


  • Students must indicate completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Provide Supplemental Documents (uploaded as part of the ALP application):
    • Resume
    • Personal Statement – Please submit a personal statement addressing the points below. Submissions must be one page, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins.  Document must be in .PDF or .DOC/.DOCX format.
      • Your reason for pursuing this degree
      • Your experiences and/or qualities that will benefit you as you pursue this degree
      • Your reason for pursuing this degree at MSU Denver, specifically


Year 1

  • Attend five days of Summer Seminar training in July
  • Attend MSU Denver ALP 2 MAT licensure classes and complete the ALP 2 MAT coursework which are integrated into the licensure classes during the first year of the ALP 2 MAT licensure program (They are not taken separately.)
  • Demonstrate proficiency on approximately half of the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete a Teacher Work Sample
  • Begin building a Teaching Portfolio documenting progress toward meeting the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete 140 hours of contact time with support team
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face classes

Summer between Year 1 and Year 2

  • The following MAT courses are to be registered for and taken ON CAMPUS:
    • TEDM 6100 – Educational Research
    • MTLM 5610 – Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective
    • CLDM 5510 – Foundations of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Year 2

  • Complete remaining requirements for Teaching Portfolio
  • Demonstrate proficiency on remaining Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete 85 hours of contact time with support team
  • The following MAT courses are integrated throughout the second year of the ALP 2 MAT program with instruction and supervision provided by an ALP 2 instructor (They are not taken separately):
    • EDUM 6190 – Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar
    • TEDM 6800 – Capstone – Lesson Study for the Master of Arts Teaching Degree
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face and online classes
  • Pass the PRAXIS #5205 Teaching Reading: Elementary


  • Tuition is $6,865.00 for the first year and $5,665.00 for the second year, for a total of $12,030.00 + Mandatory Student Fees
  • A total of 50 graduate credits will be awarded
  • To earn the master’s degree, students enrolled in ALP 2 MAT are required to take 3 additional courses with the School of Education, but outside of the ALP 2 MAT program at an additional cost to the student
  • The tuition and fees for these additional courses can be found here
  • Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.


MAT Curriculum (graduate level courses + licensure)

  • Teacher Candidates enrolled in the ALP 2 MAT program complete the licensure requirements and 43 hours of graduate education coursework during the five semesters (two years plus a summer) they are enrolled in the ALP 2 MAT program.
  • Teacher Candidates will be eligible to apply for their Initial Colorado Teaching license with an endorsement in Elementary Education when they have successfully completed the ALP 2 MAT program and all required graduate courses.
  • If an ALP 2 MAT Teacher Candidate decides to move from the MAT sequence to the non-MAT ALP 2 program, he/she may do so at semester breaks.


  • All ALP 2 MAT Teacher Candidates are required to attend five days of Summer Seminar training in July
  • During the school year, first year students attend classes every Tuesday and second year students attend every Wednesday from 5:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Classes are held face-to-face

Program Accreditation

MSU Denver’s teacher licensure programs are approved by the Colorado State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Contact the Alternative Licensure Program

Visit the department website

West Classroom: 162

(303) 615-0013

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