Admissions Checklist for Teacher Licensure Candidates

Admissions Checklist for Teacher Licensure/MA in Education Applicants

Teacher licensure candidates will select the "MA in Education with Initial Teaching License or Added Endorsement ​" admissions application.  All teacher licensure candidates are admitted as MA in Education candidates, but may elect to complete only the licensure portion of the program.

  1. Pass a criminal history check by submitting a complete set of fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Click here to login in to the CDE webpage to check on the status of your fingerprint submission.  This process can take up to 12 weeks, so please start early!
  2. Submit two Professional Recommendation Forms.  RecommendationForm.docx
  3. Demonstrate your knowledge in the area you'd like to teach by either:

Exceptions: There is no test or transcript evaluation requirement for the Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist, or CLD added endorsements.  Candidates seeking a Special Education or Elementary Education endorsement must take the PLACE or Praxis II exam for Elementary content. 

  1. Submit official transcripts demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0 with a undergraduate or graduate degree conferred.​  Have transcripts sent directly to the Education Department from the issuing institution by mail to: Education Department, Western State Colorado University, 600 North Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231. Electronic transcripts can be sent to:

Request an Exception from the GPA Requirement

If your GPA is less than 3.0, you may request an exception from the minimum GPA requirement.  At a minimum, you will need to demonstrate the following to be considered:

If your GPA is 2.75-2.99, you must pass a content area exam and submit a resume that demonstrates history of work, study, volunteering or other professional activity relating to education and working with children or demonstrating maturity, people skills, and potential to be a quality educator.

If your GPA is less than 2.75, you must also be interviewed by the Education Department Graduate Admissions Review Committee.

Please note that meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission into the program.​​

Additional Requirements for Alternative Teacher Licensure Candidates

  1. Obtain a Statement of Eligibility from CDE
  2. Secure a full-time teaching position
  3. Submit Statement of Assurance to CDE after being admitted

For more information, see the Colorado Department of Education Alternative Teacher Program webpage.

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