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 30 – August 2, 2020: MAEE Summer Session on our Gunnison, CO Campus
  • 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 Authorization Plan 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 Authorization Plan 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 Principal Authorization, see the Colorado Department of Education Alternative Principal Authorization Plan Candidates 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.