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MA Educational Psychology: Partner Schools


This 36-credit MA program is offered through our partnership with Boulder Journey School, Friends’ School and Stanley British Primary School. Both University of Colorado Denver and our partner schools are committed to increasing the achievement of all students in Colorado through effective, high quality teaching. Faculty members in the School of Education & Human Development have developed a customized advanced degree program exclusively for members of our partner schools. This degree, from one of the nation’s leading graduate schools of education, blends practice and theory into a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing educators today. By providing multi-faceted approaches to these challenges, this program is developing conscientious and successful teachers and educational leaders in Colorado and throughout the country.  

For additional information, contact the Continuing and Professional Education office at cpe@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-4985.

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This MA degree has been developed exclusively for members of our partner schools: Boulder Journey School, Friends’ School, and Stanley British Primary School. Students who wish to apply must already be accepted as an alternative licensure candidate at one of our three partner schools.   

We have streamlined and shortened the process for applying to the graduate school by seeking your permission in the application to utilize some of the partner school's selection materials. However, CU Denver requires its applicants to have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA from their degree-conferred institution. If a student has a GPA lower than a 2.75, he or she must take the Graduate Record Examination in order to be considered for acceptance.

Once accepted into the MA in Educational Psychology, students must have a grade of B- or better in all classes applied toward their Master's degree and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher for the Master's degree to be conferred.​

In addition, students will not need to be an official in-state resident in order to complete the program if they adhere to the schedule of extended studies course offerings. 

The plans of study for each partner school can be accessed below:

Boulder Journey School

Friends' School

Stanley British Primary School​ 


The MA program consists of 3 parts:


Alternative Licensure Core​:

12 credits for the equivalent of 4 CU Denver courses, completed in the first summer of the program:

·         ECED 5102

·         EPSY 5260

·         FNDS 5000

·         ECED 5104

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CU Denver Core:

15 credits over 5 courses beginning in the first fall semester of the program. All students must take:

·         LCRT 5140: Multicultural Education

·         EPSY 5110: Human Learning

·         CLDE 5180: Working with Communities and Families

·         EPSY 5100: Advanced Child Growth and Development

·         RSEM 5120: Research Methods


Concentration Area:

9 credits over 3 courses in a designated concentration area​. Choose from 3 different content areas to deepen your knowledge and practice based on your professional interests. Concentration area courses have been grouped to meet the professional goals of  alternative licensure candidates. Concentration area courses may be on-campus, off-campus, online, or hybrid depending on the course.

The concentration area is a sub-plan of the Educational Psychology degree, which will be officially transcribed as an MA in Educational Psychology: (concentration area).  The concentration area does not represent a certificate, endorsement, or license.

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Tuition Costs

Tuition costs for this program are significantly lower than main campus rates because they are offered as off-campus extended studies courses through the School of Education & Human Development office of Continuing & Professional Education based on an agreement between the partner schools & CU Denver.  See the cost comparison on the plan of study (Boulder Journey, Friends', or Stanley British​) for more information. 

The standard cost for all CU Denver Core courses is $250/credit or $750/course. This is also the cost for courses in the Human Learning & Development concentration area and the Early Childhood Education concentration area. The Early Literacy concentration area courses cost $349/credit or $1047/course. In addition, if students choose to take main campus sections of CU Denver Core courses or concentration area courses, tuition will be higher and student fees will be charged each semester that a course is taken. 

Fees

All CU Denver Core course costs are approximate and do not include books and other possible fees.  All core courses will be conducted off-campus or through an online or hybrid format.  Core courses will not incur student fees, with the exception of possible online ($100/course) or hybrid ($50/course) course fees.  All Concentration Area course costs are approximate and do not include books and other possible fees.  Hybrid and online fees will apply when appropriate.  

Financial Aid

Please view this document​ for more information regarding financial aid and residency. 


How do I apply to the program?  A link to the online application will be sent to alternative licensure candidates by the Continuing and Professional Education office.  We have streamlined and shortened the process for applying to the graduate school by seeking your permission in the application to utilize some of the partner school's selection materials.  The deadline for submitting applications for summer is May 15, 2013.  

Is there a fee for the Graduate School application process?  Yes, $50 due at the time of application submission.

What if I am unsure whether I am going to apply for this MA program as an alternative licensure candidate?  It is completely your choice to participate in this MA program.  Both CU Denver and the partner schools have a commitment to creating the most effective, highly qualified teachers who will continue to make a difference with students in urban and diverse schools; this MA program will support you in becoming an exceptional early childhood educator with a foundation in educational psychology.  It is important to know, however, that the deadline to get credit for your first fall CU Denver core course, which is required for the MA program, is August 26 even though you have until September 15 to apply to the MA program for a spring start (June 15 for a fall start).  If you are at all considering the MA, we highly recommend that you register for the credit.  Even if you do not choose to pursue this MA, you can still receive transcripted graduate level credit from a highly regarded graduate school which may be transferrable to another program in the future.  In addition, the tuition is significantly cheaper for these credits than typical tuition rates. 

What is credit by challenge?  CU Denver faculty has reviewed and approved the alternative licensure coursework as equivalent to four courses.  You can receive up to 12 credits in the spring or summer after you complete the one-year licensure program. A random sample of assignments will be provided to faculty for review.  Students will receive the same letter grade they receive from licensure instructors.

How will the CU Denver Core courses be offered?  Depending on enrollments, all five courses should be offered in both Boulder and Denver.  Stanley British Primary School’s candidates start the CU Denver core courses in the fall term.  All five courses should be taken in the prescribed sequence.

How will the Concentration Area Courses be offered?  Alternative licensure candidates in Friends' School and Stanley British Primary School will be part of the 2-year sequence with a concentration area course offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms of the year after the licensure program.  Many courses have an online or hybrid option.  Specific delivery format (online, hybrid, face-to-face) and location will be determined at a later date. Boulder Journey School candidates have two options.  The first is the Fast Track which is an accelerated sequence with a concentration area course offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms of the alternative licensure year.  The second is the 2-year sequence with a concentration area course offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms of the year after the licensure program. A fast track option for Friends' School and Stanley British Primary School is not available at this time. 

What is required for the MA Culminating Assessment?  The specifics of the MA Culminating Assessment are still being determined by faculty.  Students will be notified once details have been finalized. 

Who will be my ADVISOR?  Kevin Poole in the Continuing & Professional Education office will be your student advisor.  Faculty advisors will be assigned based on your concentration area selection.  They can help you with questions regarding admissions, course offerings, concentration areas, records, financial aid, etc. or direct you to the appropriate person.  Kevin can be contacted at kevin.poole@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-4984. 

Who do I contact regarding REGISTRATION questions?  Online registration for courses in this MA program is through CU Denver’s Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) office in the School of Education & Human Development.  Specific instructions regarding registration will be emailed to Stanley British Primary School candidates the prior semester.  Contact CPE​ with questions.

What is the timeline for this program?  Students in this 2-year sequence will complete by summer 2015.  Some students may choose to complete their Concentration Area courses beyond two years in order to balance teaching full time and being a student.  A general timeline is provided on the plan of study with important deadlines. Students have up to seven years to complete the degree. 

Why is applying for Colorado Residency important to my tuition rate?  We will provide every opportunity for you to take these as extended studies courses through the office of Continuing & Professional Education, negating the need for in-state residency.  It may only be necessary to have in-state residency if you need to complete Concentration Area requirements by taking main campus courses to finish earlier.  In order to take these courses without receiving a tuition increase as an out-of-state student it is necessary for you to have lived in Colorado for one year and be officially designated with university in-state residency status.  

When do I apply to graduate?  Every student who plans to graduate must fill out an application to graduate.  The deadline to fill out this application is at the beginning of the term you complete your requirements.  You can check the specific date here​.

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