Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education with Licensure Program

Information Meetings from 6-7PM (no rsvp necessary):

Loveland-Thursday, August 14 at the UNC Centerra Campus. MAP/DIRECTIONS

Denver-Thursday, August 21 at the UNC Lowry Campus. MAP/DIRECTIONS

Colorado Springs-Thursday, August 28 at the UNC Colorado Springs Campus/Oracle Building. MAP/DIRECTIONS

Greeley-Thursday, September 4 at the UNC Greeley Campus. MAP/DIRECTIONS

Information for prospective students:

Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree?  Do you want your elementary education teaching license?  Here is the program for you. See the Program Brochure.

What ?

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education with Initial Licensure Program is a 46 credit program for graduate students who have a bachelor's degree in any area.  Courses have a strong practical experience base, providing teacher candidates with opportunities to learn theory and obtain practice in the various subject areas that comprise the elementary-school curriculum. The field experience portion of the program includes: Reading Diagnosis in a tutoring setting, a practicum field experience, and a student teaching experience in an elementary classroom. Upon completing the licensure portion of the program successful candidates will complete the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (included in the 46 credits). Depending on a student's background, some liberal arts courses may need to be completed prior to applying for licensure (see Liberal Arts information below).  

Substitute

Course Number/Name

Credits

 

NA

EDEL 525 Integrated Methods: Visual Arts, Music, and Physical Education

 

3

 

NA

EDEL 520 Effective Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics

 

3

 

NA

EDEL 550 Effective Instruction in Elementary School Social Studies

 

3

 

NA

ET 501 Introduction to Applications of Educational Technology

3

 

NA

EDF 500 Conceptions of Schooling

 

3

 

NA

EDRD 510 Achieving Effective Instruction in Developmental Reading

 

3

NA

EDFE 125 (admit to Professional Teacher Education Program) 

0

NA

EDFE 130 (Student Teaching Application)

0

 

NA

EDRD 511 Elementary Reading Diagnosis & Individualization

 

3

 

EDSE 430 Exceptional Student in the Elementary School Classroom
*may be substituted

 

2

 

NA

EDEL 602 Elementary School Practicum

 

2

 

PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers
*may be substituted

 

3

 

NA

SCED 570 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
(& Lab)

 

3

 

NA

EDEL 544 Elementary Student Teaching & Capstone Seminar

 

8

 

CH 303 Health Education in the Elementary School
*may be substituted

1

 

NA/For MAT

SRM 600 Intro To Grad Research (3) (MAT)

 

3

 

NA/For MAT

EDEL 612 Elementary School Curriculum (3) (MAT)

3

 

Where?

The Post Baccalaureate Program has four cohorts: Greeley, Loveland, Denver, and Colorado Springs. A cohort is a group of students who participate together throughout the program. For exact locations, maps, or directions, please click HERE.

When?

The program begins in late April (Colorado Springs and Denver) or early May (Loveland and Greeley).  The students complete the licensure portion of the program in three semesters, (Summer, Fall and Spring) by the following May. There will be two courses remaining for the completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching portion. This is an intense program, which requires a full-time commitment; therefore, it is strongly recommended that the applicant does not try to maintain a full-time job

Who is the advisor?

Mr. Jonathan Shaw is the Off-Campus Program manager who handles most of the logistics (class scheduling, registration, paperwork). Dr. Jenni Harding-DeKam is the academic coordinator and advisor for the Greeley and Loveland cohorts; Dr. Rosann Englebretson is the academic coordinator and advisor for the Denver and Colorado Springs cohorts. They make academic decisions such as admissions, graduation, transcript evaluations and course substitutions.

How do I apply? 

Read the application instructions

Do I have to take the GRE?

Only if your GPA on your last 60 semester hours is below 3.0. If it is below, you will need to score 297 combined for the verbal and quantitative sections of GRE. Minimum requirements are: Verbal 146; Quantitative 140; Writing 3.5. The test results must be sent to the Graduate School, address is below, by December 1. UNC GRE code is 4074.

What transcripts do I need?

Send one official transcript from all institutions of higher learning that you have attended. Transcripts are reviewed for GPA based on the last 60 semester hours. See the apply link above for directions and the applications.

What Liberal Arts classes are required as background courses?

All teacher candidates mush have a Liberal Arts degree or Liberal Arts subject matter background completed prior to licensure that includes the following courses. Please note the courses may be completed prior to the program, during the program, or immediately after the program. English Composition is the exception and must be completed prior to Student Teaching (Spring semester). Must have a "C" or better unless otherwise noted:

  • English Composition (1 course with grade of “A” or “B” or pass the CLEP exam)
  • Science (1 course – biology, chemistry, earth science physical science)
  • Mathematics (1 course – non-remedial)
  • Arts/Humanities (1 course – visual or performing arts, literature, foreign language, philosophy)
  • Social Science (1 courses – Geography, American Government/Civics, History, or Economics)

What is a practicum field experience?

The field experience requires 160 hours (11 hours a week for 15 weeks) in an elementary classroom.  You will be assigned to a school in the fall semester of the program.  This experience includes some teaching responsibilities.

What is student teaching?

The student teaching experience is a full time teaching responsibility that takes place in the last semester (spring) of the program.  You will be required to spend 16 full weeks in an elementary classroom.  We do our best to accommodate your requests for placement particularly by geographic area but there are no guarantees. You may teach in any geographic location you choose, close to home, abroad, or anywhere in between.

What is the cost of the program?

Please see current Extended Studies Tuition rates here; there are no additional fees; this cash-funded program is run by the office of Extended Studies.

What are my financial aid options?

Students may be eligible for FAFSA Loans, Scholarships, and Grants for this graduate level program.

For further information, or to discuss your options, please contact: Office of Financial Aid

Phone 970-351-2502

Fax 970-351-3737

Carter Hall Room 1005

Greeley, CO 80639

 

Orientation Meetings will take place for accepted students in March. The meeting will cover schedules, handbooks, policies, and financial aid.

  • For inquiries contact Jon Shaw, 970-351-2897
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