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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.

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 #5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
  • Meet the Colorado Department of Education ALP Requirements

ADMISSIONS 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

ALP 2 MAT REQUIREMENTS

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:
    • MTLM 6100 – Integrated Mathematics II
    • MTLM 5600 – The Mathematics of Elementary Curriculum

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 course (TEDM 6100 – Educational Research) is to be taken ON CAMPUS during the 1st semester of the second year of the program
  • 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

CURRICULUM

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.

CLASS SCHEDULE

  • All ALP 2 MAT Teacher Candidates are required to attend five days of Summer Seminar training in July
  • During the school year, classes are held 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

Location:
West Classroom: 162

Phone:
(303) 615-0013

Email:
[email protected]