Costs and Admissions

Cost

ProgramCost
Teacher Licensure (27 credits)*$12,791
M.A. in Education + Teacher Licensure (43 credits)*$19,225
Principal Licensure (25 credits)*$11,983
M.A. in Education + Principal Licensure (43 credits)*$19,659
Administrator License only (12 credits)$4,848 (Must hold valid principal license)
M.A. in Education, Educator Effectiveness (30 credits)**$12,520
CLD Endorsement (24 credits)$9,696
SPED Endorsement (24 credits)$9,696
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All programs cost $404/credit
*Includes $1,883 student teaching fee
**Includes $400 advising fee

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Application Deadlines

  • March 15, 2020: Priority Deadline to be considered for Education Department Scholarships
  • June 15, 2020: Completed applications are due for Fall 2020
  • July 31 – August 2, 2020: Summer Licensure Orientation on our Gunnison, CO campus

Application Requirements

Candidates must submit the following for full admission to the:

M.A. in Education + Teacher Licensure

  • Proof of fingerprint clearance and background check by state agency*
    • Colorado Fingerprinting, available in Gunnison and other Colorado cities. Enter CBI Unique Code: 5671VECG.
    • IdentoGo, enter the Service Code: 25YQ54. Enter Western’s OCA number: CONCJ 5671. 
  • Two professional recommendation forms
  • Resume
  • Payment of university application fee
  • Official transcript of conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university showing recommended 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Two prompt-based essays
  • Proof of knowledge of the content area by one of the following**
    • Passing a Praxis Subject Assessment (Special Education and Elementary Education must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment for Elementary Education Content Knowledge #5001) 
    • A conferred degree in relevant content area
    • A content evaluation of 24 semester hours of transcripted college coursework

*Please note that you will need to complete an additional set of fingerprints and background check through CDE prior to starting student teaching.
**Please note that CDE requires its own content area check for licensing upon completion of the licensing program in May.

Additional Requirements for Alternative Teacher Licensure Candidates 

  • Secure a full-time teaching position in your endorsement area and submit your employment contract with your application.
  • Submit a Statement of Assurance to CDE after being admitted. 

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

M.A. in Education + Principal Licensure

  • Proof of fingerprint clearance and background check by state agency 
  • Two professional recommendation forms 
  • Letter from principal or HR office confirming employment as licensed teacher or counselor for two years upon starting the program (Note: This requirement does not apply to Alternative Principal Licensure Candidates.) 
  • Payment of university application fee 
  • Official transcript of conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university showing recommended 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher 
  • Two prompt-based essays
  • Statement of mentor principal support 

Additional Requirements for Alternative Principal Licensure Candidates:

  • Obtain a Statement of Eligibility from CDE
  • Secure a full-time principal or assistant principal position 
  • Submit a signed statement of mentor principal support

For more information on Alternative Licensure, see the Colorado Department of Education Alternative Principal Program webpage. 

M.A. in Education, Educator Effectiveness (including added endorsements)

  • Copy of current teaching license 
  • Two professional recommendation forms 
  • Professional Resume 
  • Two prompt-based essays
  • Official transcript of conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university showing recommended 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher 

To be successful in coursework in this emphasis, you should be a practicing teacher working in your own classroom while pursuing the program.