Master of Arts in Education

with endorsements or emphases in:

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Endorsement
Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis
Educational Leadership Program (Principal License)

Admission Requirements

The graduate teacher education program encourages applications from individuals who have strong academic and professional backgrounds and have demonstrated potential to contribute to the field of education. Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Past academic performance, including areas of academic strength, with greater weight given to current course work
  • Personal statements included in student’s letter of intent listing goals, accomplishments and experience
  • Letters of recommendation. We consider the comments made by others who can evaluate the applicant’s accomplishments, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership potential.

The following are required to begin the application process:

  • A current professional teacher’s license
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (If the GPA is between 2.75 and 2.99, the student must obtain a passing score on the GRE or the MAT. The candidate is conditionally admitted and must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA from then on.)

Degree Requirements

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Endorsement Program

The five-semester Master of Arts in Education with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement focuses on the development of sound multicultural teaching competencies and educational leadership for service in schools.

Total degree hours: 33 hours

Academic Core Required for MA candidates only (Total 9 hours):

  • ED 507: Integrated Instruction & Assessment (3 hours)
  • ED 534 Multicultural Perspectives (3 hours)
  • ED 557: Research Methods (3 hours)

Cognate Requirements (24 hours):

  • CLD 501: Intro to Study of Language (3 hours)
  • CLD 502: Language and Culture (3 hours)
  • CLD 503: Sec. Language Acquisition (3 hours)
  • CLD 504: TESOL Methods* (3 hours)
  • CLD 505: TESOL Reading* (3 hours)
  • CLD 506: TESOL Writing* (3 hours)
  • CLD XXX: TESOL Topics/Elective Crs. (3 hours)
  • CLD 509: TESOL Practicum/Capstone* (3 hours)

TESOL Elective and Topics Courses Include:

  • CLD 507: TESOL Tests & Measurement* (3 hours)
  • CLD 508: Bilingualism (3 hours)
  • CLD 579: Topics in CLD (3 hours)

Specific course content may vary based on instructor availability and topic demand.

*Required for Post baccalaureate TESOL Certificate (15 Credit Hours)

Added Endorsement Application:

  1. Complete master’s degree and/or endorsement.
  2. Go to www.cde.state.co.us and complete “Application for an Added Endorsement Based on an Approved Program.”
  3. Fax signature page to the ASU licensure clerk at 719-587-8145.
  4. Verification page will be e-mailed to applicant.
  5. Complete Colorado Department of Education’s application packet online.

Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis

The goal of the five-semester Curriculum and Instruction emphasis is to develop strong planning and teaching skills in educators who are dedicated to ensuring all students, particularly students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, succeed academically.

Total credits: 30, including M.A. Academic Core of 9 credits

Academic Core:

  • ED 507: Integrated Instruction & Assessment (3 hours)
  • ED 534 Multicultural Perspectives (3 hours)
  • ED 557: Research Methods (3 hours)

Cognate Requirements:

  • ED 507: Integrated Instruction and Assessment (3 hours)
  • ED 534: Multicultural Perspectives (3 hours)
  • ED 590: PLCs Collaboration and Collective Responsibility (3 hours)
  • ED 586: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Learners (3 hours)
  • ED 557: Research Methods (3 hours)
  • ED 643: Capstone Project I (Offered fall semester only)
  • ED 591: Capstones Project II (Offered spring semester only)

Elective Requirements (9 credit hours or equivalent)

Students will take or transfer in 9 semester hours of elective in an emphasis of their choice. Courses must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator for approval.

Educational Leadership Program (Principal License)

The six-semester Educational Leadership program is designed to equip qualified and experienced educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume leadership positions in schools, particularly those of program supervisor/director or building principal/assistant principal. Studies include leadership; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and school management, law and finance. The program emphasizes the role of a school leader as a collaborator and creator of a supportive and stimulating environment for children and teachers.

This course of study leads to a State of Colorado principal license.

Total program credits: 39 including M.A. Academic Core of 9 credits

Academic Core:

  • ED 507: Integrated Instruction & Assessment (3 hours)
  • ED 534 Multicultural Perspectives (3 hours)
  • ED 557: Research Methods (3 hours)

Cognate Requirements:

  • ED 503: Principal License Program Tools/Skills I (3 hours)
  • ED 505: Schools and Society (3 hours)
  • ED 508: School Law (3 hours)
  • ED 515: Principal Internship I – 50 hours (1 hours)
  • ED 509: Fiscal Management (3 hours)
  • ED 510: Personnel Management (3 hours)
  • ED 525: Principal Licensure Intern II – 50 hours (1 hours)
  • ED 533: Principal License Tools/Skills II (3 hours)
  • ED 528: Managing Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment (3 hours)
  • ED 529: Supervision for Improvement of Instruction & Building Level Assessment (3 hours)
  • ED 535: Principal Licensure Intrnshp III – 50 hours (1 hours)
  • ED 545: Principal Licensure Intrnshp IV – 50 hours (3 hours)

Added Endorsement Application:

  1. Complete master’s degree and/or endorsement.
  2. Pass appropriate PLACE content area exam.
  3. Go to www.cde.state.co.us and complete “Application for an Added Endorsement Based on an Approved Program.”
  4. Fax signature page to the ASU licensure clerk at 719-587-8145.
  5. Verification page will be e-mailed to applicant.
  6. Complete Colorado Department of Education’s application packet online.