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.
PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT
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):
- 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
ALP 2 MAT REQUIREMENTS
- 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
- 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
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