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Master's, EdS and Licensure


Thank you for your interest in the Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development. For applicants to the MA Administrative Leadership & Policy Studies with Principal Licensure, all applicants must hold at least a bachelor's degree and a teaching or special services license; For applicants to the EdS Administrative Leadership & Policy Studies with Principal Licensure, all applicants must hold at least a master's degree and a teaching or special services license; we also recommend applicants to the MA or EdS Administrative Leadership & Policy Studies with Principal Licensure have a minimum of three years of post-licensure professional experience.

The ALPS program seeks students who possess:

  • High intellectual ability
  • Strong academic backgrounds, and
  • Clear leadership potential.

Application deadlines:

November 1 for spring semester

  • Denver Public Schools principal licensure Cohort
  • CU South Denver principal licensure Cohort
  • Early Childhood Education non-licensure concentration
  • Urban Education non-licensure concentration
  • Higher Education Leadership non-licensure concentration

March 15 for summer semester

  • Distance Learning principal licensure Cohort
  • Early Childhood Education non-licensure concentration
  • Urban Education non-licensure concentration
  • Higher Education Leadership non-licensure concentration

July 1 for fall semester

  • Northern Metro principal licensure Cohort [Boulder and Northern-Metro districts]
  • Early Childhood Education non-licensure concentration
  • Urban Education non-licensure concentration
  • Higher Education Leadership non-licensure concentration

Application Process:

Step 1. Prepare your materials. The School of Education and Human Development accepts all applications online. Please review the information below to prepare for the application process. Your application will include:

  • Current resume or curriculum vita (please include all teaching and/or other educational certificates held and the state that issued them)
  • Written Statement. See guidelines
  • Electronic copy of most current teaching or special services license. (License required for principal licensure applicants only.)
  • Three letters of recommendation. The recommenders are sent an email with a link to the recommendation form. When a recommender submits the form, we receive an email notifying us that a recommendation has been submitted on your behalf. The recommendation includes a space for your recommender to cut and paste their recommendation.
  • One official transcript from every previous college/university attended.
    Please submit transcripts from (a) institutions granting previous degrees and (b) institutions from which courses have been taken that you wish to transfer into the program. Transcripts should be issued to you, collected by you, and subsequently sent to the School of Education & Human Development in the original, unopened envelopes. Instructions on where to mail transcripts are provided in the application.
  • $50 application fee for domestic students, $75 application fee for international students (paid via credit card, e-check or by mailing in a check)

Step 2. Submit your application. Your application must be submitted online. Please visit the link below to set up your user name and password to access the online application.

https://application.admissions.ucdenver.edu/apply/

Step 3. Monitor your email. All communication regarding the status of your application, questions we may have, as well as admissions decisions will be sent to the email address you provide to us.

Step 4. Scholarships. Now that you’ve applied to your program, please go to the Prospective Student Portal to apply for scholarships! You will use the same credentials to log in as you used to apply.

Admissions Interview:

An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

Please note: the ONLY items that we will accept as hard copies are official transcripts and paper checks. All other required materials must be submitted electronically within the online application

For more information or questions, please contact education@ucdenver.edu.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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