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.
Is there a fee
for the Graduate School application process? Yes, $50 due at the time of
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 two-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 two-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.
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
Who will be my
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
Who do I
contact regarding REGISTRATION questions?
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 two-year sequence will complete by summer. 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.
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.