Application and Forms

University of Northern Colorado, Application Process,
M.A. Gifted and Talented Specialist

Thank you for your interest in graduate study at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). We look forward to helping you pursue your educational goals. The simple, student-administered, step-by-step graduate-admission process is described below. Graduate admission at UNC is a three-stage process, first to the Graduate School, next to the faculty/department, and then back to the Graduate School. To ensure timely processing, you must submit all materials required for admission screening (application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc…) along with the non-refundable application fee made payable to UNC Graduate School. Your application will be evaluated for admission as soon as it is complete. Failure to submit all required materials will significantly delay the evaluation of your application.

Once your application is complete, it is evaluated for Graduate School admission requirements and then forwarded on to your department of study for admission evaluation. The file is then sent back to the Graduate School with an admission decision. You will receive written acknowledgement of your application upon receipt.

Listed below are basic requirements for Graduate School and Special Education: Gifted and Talented admission:

Step 1. Contact Amy Graefe amy.graefe@unco.edu 970-351-1541

Please email Amy Graefe with your intent to apply and include your name, address, phone numbers, email address, and the program(s) in which you are interested. Please also include any questions you might have about the application process or the degree in general.

Amy Graefe is the Coordinator of the Center for the Education and Study of Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners. She will serve as your contact person as you apply for the Master of Arts in Special Education: Teaching the Gifted and Talented and/or the Colorado Department of Education’s Endorsement in Gifted Education.

Step 2. Complete the Application Form

The electronic application can be submitted once you have paid by credit card or indicated you will send payment separately. Once payment is received, your application will be processed. (You should receive confirmation from the on-line administrator that your application has been successfully submitted. If within 24 hours you do not, please contact the Graduate School.) All sections of the application must be completed before it can be submitted.

New applicant process:

  1. Connect to the following “Getting Started” link: https://www.unco.edu/applications/graduate/index.aspx.
  2. Click on and complete the “New Applicant User Login.”

Step 3. Obtain Official Transcripts

All applicants are required to provide two official transcripts from every accredited college or university attended since completing high school, except UNC. Original and official transcripts from each college are required, even if courses taken at one institution are listed on another school’s transcripts. Official transcripts should be mailed to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School, Campus Box 135, 501 20th Street, Greeley, CO, 80639-0064.

Step 4. Obtain Letters of Recommendation

Obtain two letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. Individuals completing the letters of recommendation will need to complete the UNC form, as well as submit a one-to-two-page letter addressing the areas stated above. The UNC form can be accessed at http://www.unco.edu/grad/forms/pdfs/RecommendationLetterForm.pdf.

Step 5. Educational Philosophy and Goal Statement

In addition to the applications and letters of recommendation, the School of Special Education requires a written Statement of Educational Philosophy and Goals.  This need not be lengthy. A statement regarding what your philosophy is for teaching and why you want the degree is sufficient--usually 1 to 2 typed pages.

Step 6. Submit All Required Application Materials to the Graduate School

For timely processing, submit all supporting materials required for admission to: University of Northern Colorado, Graduate School, Campus Box 135, 501 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80639-0064. Your application cannot be evaluated for admission until it is complete, including required test scores, if any. Failure to submit materials required by the specific program to which you are seeking admission may delay your consideration for admission. PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF EVERYTHING SUBMITTED FOR YOUR PERSONAL RECORDS (except sealed copies of transcripts).

Graduate Application Checklist for GT Master’s/Endorsement:

_____ 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate and graduate)
_____ GRE (taken within the last 5 years) IF GPA below 3.0
_____ Teaching License (if planning to use the degree to teach)
_____ Two official transcripts from all accredited institutions attended since high school, except for transcripts from UNC
_____ Appropriate application form completely filled out and submitted
_____ Paid, non-refundable processing fee ($50 domestic, $60 international)
_____ Two Letters of Recommendation
_____ Goal & Philosophy Statement

Step 7. Keep in Touch

It is important to keep in contact by e-mail or phone. We are sure that you will have additional questions as you go through the application process.  It is also important to remember that you can complete nine hours of credit in the gifted and talented courses before you are fully admitted. This allows you more time to complete the process.

Additional Information:

Let us hear from you: Amy Graefe, amy.graefe@unco.edu, 970-351-1541