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Are you considering obtaining a teaching licensure at the graduate or postbac level through CU Denver? We have two great one-year options for you to explore.
If you want a gradual introduction to classroom teaching alongside skilled mentor teachers, this is the right path for you. The MAT + Teaching Licensure incorporates an opportunity to earn an advanced degree with Colorado teacher credential
requirements and take courses with top faculty members and peers. The experience provides extended clinical internships at local schools where you take on increasing responsibility in the classroom.
Our ASPIRE alternative licensure program is a quick start program that allows you to start earning a salary right away as the teacher of record in a classroom. This program does not culminate in an MA, but it is lower in cost, fully online, and flexible. While you teach full time, teaching modules are completed around your schedule and our amazing ASPIRE faculty support and coach you in regular one-on-one online sessions. After completing the ASPIRE program you can complete a masters degree. Part of your ASPIRE program will transfer in.
If you feel a passion to teach and are driven to make a positive impact on students’ lives, this is the program that lets you launch your new career in as little as a year while delivering a level of preparation that puts you ahead. Learning from dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty in a residency program perfected and proven through 25 years of ongoing work with partner schools make our program – and our graduates – stand out.
This MAT + teaching license program is a full-time program. Candidates progress as a member of a cohort that begins in either summer or fall. The teacher licensure coursework combines on-campus learning with in-school experiences.
Our graduates' level of preparedness is equivalent to that of a more experienced and confident teacher. That's because at CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development, you don't just learn from anyone, you learn from the best. Further, because of our urban location and emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, our graduates are ready to lead – and make a difference – in any classroom.
You'll be surrounded by other committed, talented students who are determined to make a positive impact in the classroom. They are drawn to our program because they want a deeper level of preparedness –one that will allow them to give their best to every student, every day.
Our program offers different start times and program lengths in order to accommodate your personal obligations. In fact, it's possible to complete our program in as little as one year.
Degree: MA License
Classroom Type: On campus
Prepares individuals to teach in diverse middle and high school classrooms and expand students' worldviews, support a global perspective, and deepen critical thinking and analysis skills. Features a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools.
Interest Categories: Cultural Diversity & Global Perspectives Education & Counseling Public Administration & Policy
Campus: CU Denver
University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Social Studies (7-12) teaching license is a cohort experience to prepare you to teach social studies in diverse middle and high school classrooms in as little as a year. Social studies taught with a global and critical perspective expands students’ worldviews and, their capacity for critical thinking and analysis. Learning with dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty in a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools make our program – and our graduates – stand out. You’ll leave the program highly qualified and well prepared to support and understand the potentials of diverse students as they come to understand a global world.
In this concentration, you will:
As one of the top education schools in the country, we are proud to help people like you become teachers. At CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development, you’ll be surrounded by other committed, talented students who are determined to make a positive impact in the classroom. They are drawn to our program because they want a deeper level of preparedness –one that will allow them to give their best to every student, every day. The School of Education & Human Development is regularly ranked as a top graduate school and “best online” experiences by U.S. News & World Report. We match your passion for teaching with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That is why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.
Recommended Completion Time:18 months
Required Credits for Completion:39
Due to the rigorous nature of teacher preparation as guided by state and national accreditation standards, pre-planning steps are necessary before applying to the Teaching program. Please note that these steps must be taken and more time may be needed in order to meet specific deadlines. Phone or in person appointments with the department advisor are highly recommended in order to determine the best time for applicants to apply.
Contact us to learn more about the application process at 303-315-6300 or email@example.com.
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School of Education & Human Development
Office of Recruitment and Outreach
We welcome applications from motivated individuals who have bachelor's degrees and a strong passion for education.
I love helping my students explore real-world scientific questions to develop their thinking around scientific topics. It’s all about inquiry! Whether we’re learning to embrace the advantages of wind power, participating in NASA’s Student Involvement Program or tracking recycling and energy conservation efforts at our school, I like to create hands-on, cooperative science learning environments that help my students think in new ways. - Chantel Astler, MA + Teacher Licensure and recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching