Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education (License)

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: MA License

Classroom Type: On campus

Prepares individuals holding a bachelor's degree from many teaching fields in diverse elementary classrooms. The program features a proven and perfected residency program with partner schools. Graduates are highly qualified and well-prepared to support their students’ potential.

Application​ deadlines

Summer Semester: February 15

Fall Semester: June 30

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

The MA in Teaching (MAT), Elementary Education (License) prepares students to teach in diverse elementary classrooms in as little as a year. Designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a variety of fields, this graduate program supports students in pursuing their dream to be a teacher. Learning from dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty in a residency program perfected and proven through almost 30 years of ongoing work with partner schools makes the program–and graduates–stand out. Students leave the program highly qualified and well-prepared to support and understand the potential of their students.

In this concentration you will: 

  • Learn to plan assessment-informed instruction for educational excellence and equity for all children from diverse racial, ethnic, language, socioeconomic, and ability backgrounds.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the diverse ways children learn and develop within their families and communities and in schools; gain skills to bring a culturally responsive and engaging curriculum to their standards-based teaching.
  • Know deeply the disciplines students will teach—math, literacy, science, social studies- as well as the skills for effective classroom organization and management.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development 

As one of the top education schools in the country, this program consistently leads its students to become stand-out teachers. At CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development, students are surrounded by other committed, talented students who are determined to make a positive impact in the classroom. They are drawn to the program because they want a deeper level of preparedness–one that will support their development as culturally competent individuals and teachers, light a fire for social justice, and 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” experience by U.S. News & World Report. The program matches their passion for teaching with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches, and real-world practice. That’s why the program’s graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities, and the world.

Why the Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education (License) program at CU Denver?


Proven and Perfected Residency Program

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, students don't just learn from anyone, they learn from the best. Further, because of CU Denver’s urban location and emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, graduates are ready to lead – and make a difference – in any classroom

Join One of the Top Education Schools in the Country

Students will be surrounded by other committed, talented students who are determined to make a positive impact in the classroom. They are drawn to the program because they want a deeper level of preparedness –one that will allow them to give their best to every student, every day.

Launch Your New Teaching Career Quickly

The program offers different start times and program lengths to accommodate students’ obligations. It's possible to complete the program in as little as one year

Earn up to $40,000 in Stipends and Grants

School of Education & Human Development staff will work with students to qualify and access existing state and federal dollars to help pay for the three-semester MAT program. Program advisors are ready to help students determine if full funding is possible.

Sample Courses

  • EDFN 5010 - Social Foundations & Cultural Diversity in Urban Ed 3 credits
  • SCED 5004 - Elementary Science Teaching 3 credits
  • UEDU 5050 - Elementary Capstone 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:18 months

Required Credits for Completion:51

Admission Requirements

Important steps to take before beginning the application process

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.

  1. Complete a transcript evaluation for content knowledge from your bachelor and/or masters. We must ensure that all candidates have appropriate and sufficient content knowledge related to the content they are planning to teach aligned with their identified teacher licensure area.
  2. Complete any outstanding prerequisite content courses that are needed per the transcript evaluation. You can still be taking courses in the term that you apply - courses must be finished by the time you start the program.
  3. Pass the Praxis Subject Assessment: To start your student teaching experience and obtain your license, you must pass a state-mandated content knowledge exam. We no longer require you to submit test results with your graduate application. Admitted students will receive additional instructions regarding these exams upon admission. 

Contact us to learn more about the application process at 303-315-6300 or

Application requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Candidates with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission based on the overall strength of other required admission criteria.
  • 3 recommendation letters: Please provide your recommenders with the following guidelines to use when writing their letter:
    • As you write the recommendation letter for this applicant, please address the candidate’s knowledge and skills as they relate to collaboration with others, self-initiative, time management/organization, professionalism/maturity, and their overall potential to be an effective teacher working in diverse schools and communities.
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Resume/CV
  • Short Constructed Response Essays
  • Attend an admissions interview. All individuals who submitted a complete application will receive an email with the interview invitation that contains all details approximately one week before the scheduled interview. During this group interview, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and activities to further assess each applicant's readiness as well as aid in internship placement
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency.)

Application Support

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  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • $100 fee reimbursement towards application and testing expenses.
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For more information, please contact:

School of Education & Human Development
Office of Recruitment and Outreach

Additional Information

We welcome applications from motivated individuals who have bachelor's degrees and a strong passion for education.

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