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About this Program

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



ALP SED MAT candidates must:

  • Have been hired as a full-time 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
  • Attend a two week summer seminar in July



  • 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 MSU Denver ALP SED classes and complete Special Education coursework
  • Demonstrate proficiency on all Colorado Teacher Quality Standards for Colorado Special Education Generalist
  • Complete a four-week summer practicum at the end of Year 1
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face classes

Year 2

  • Attend MSU Denver ALP SED classes and complete Special Education coursework
  • Complete a Teacher Work Sample and Portfolio
  • Pass the PRAXIS #5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge
  • Pass the PRAXIS #5205 Teaching Reading: Elementary
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face classes



MAT Curriculum (graduate level courses + licensure):

  • Teacher Candidates enrolled in the MAT program complete 40 hours of graduate special education coursework during the program.
  • There is a two-week Summer Seminar in July of the first year, weekly classes for two years and four-week summer practicum between years one and two.
  • Teacher Candidates will be eligible for the Initial Special Education Generalist License from the Colorado Department of Education when they have successfully completed the ALP SED MAT program and achieved a passing score on the Special Education PRAXIS #5354.
  • MAT students will be required to complete an additional 9 credits of graduate level coursework, before obtaining the MAT.
  • Other than the 9 credits of graduate level coursework that are required outside of the ALP SED MAT program, Teacher Candidates who begin ALP SED MAT will not be allowed to transfer to the traditional MAT special education program.
  • Teacher Candidates who begin the traditional MAT special education program will not be allowed to transfer to the ALP SED MAT program.



  • All ALP SED MAT Teacher Candidates are required to attend a two-week Summer Seminar in July
  • During the school year, classes are held every Tuesday from 5:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Face-to-face classes

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

(303) 615-0013

[email protected]

West Classroom: 162