CU Denver’s BA to MA program (BAMA) in Education and Human Development is an expedient option designed to allow CU Denver students to complete both an undergraduate degree in Education and Human Development and a master’s degree in as little as five years. Pursuing an MA early in your career will allow you to deepen your expertise, advance your career goals and position you for leadership in your field. The BA to MA provides graduates with the skills to teach in a social justice framework, work with diverse learners and engage in high quality instruction and assessment.

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CU Denver’s BA to MA program (BAMA) in Education and Human Development is an expedient option designed to allow CU Denver students to complete both an undergraduate degree in Education and Human Development and a master’s degree in as little as five years. Pursuing an MA early in your career will allow you to deepen your expertise, advance your career goals and position you for leadership in your field. The BAMAs provide graduates with the skills to teach in a social justice framework, work with diverse learners and engage in high quality instruction and assessment. You will save money by completing graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate during your senior year that will double count toward your BA and your MA degree credit hours.

The program starts with our high quality EDHD BA program where students pursue an elementary, early childhood or special education teaching license. It allows students to use up to 9 credits during their final year for both their BA and MA. You will save money by completing graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate during your senior year that will count toward your BA and your MA degree credit hours.

MA options include:

Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Online If you have a passion for working with young children, families and communities during the critically important stage of early childhood, CU Denver’s MA in Early Childhood Education is the perfect program for you! It is offered on-campus, hybrid or fully online. This program emphasizes inclusive, family-centered practices, culturally sustaining teaching and a curriculum that is inspired by the potential of all children and families. We prepare highly competent professionals who are leaders and advocates known for embracing the whole child in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse settings

MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Endorsement

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist endorsement prepares early childhood educators to meet the unique educational needs of young children with and without developmental disabilities in the Special Education Specialist role. This pathway prepares you to lead classrooms as a teacher or to support classroom teachers from within a specialist role.

Literacy Education - Reading and Writing with Endorsement

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s MA in Literacy Education with a concentration in reading and writing plus Reading Teacher (K-12) endorsement prepares educators to work with diverse, K-12 student populations as they develop reading, writing and oral language skills. This concentration and endorsement will enhance your literacy instruction skills and credentials and provide you with the advanced knowledge and training to build on students’ languages, abilities, cultures and real-world experiences.

Literacy Education - English Education

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Online The Master of Arts in Literacy Education with a concentration in English education prepares educators to work with diverse adolescents in different settings as they develop an appreciation for literature and writing. Our students gain in-depth knowledge that builds on students’ languages, abilities, cultures and real-world experiences. Our CU Denver program recognizes the need for integration of many areas of knowledge that underlie effective teaching of English to serve the needs of today’s diverse student population. Thus, our program is interdisciplinary to give you the deepest preparation possible.

MA in Special Education with Generalist Endorsement

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement Campus: CU Denver Online The CU Denver’s MA in Special Education with generalist endorsement prepares motivated individuals to identify and champion the strengths and assets of children ages 5-21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. CU Denver equips you with the most impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with professionals in the field and the community.

Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences - Learning

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Online Contemporary understandings of the brain, the mind, language, culture and diverse settings have shifted how we think about learning. CU Denver’s MA in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences with a concentration in learning was created for individuals who wish to delve into the latest research and practices on learners’ cognition, motivation, engagement, growth and development in various formal and informal learning contexts.

Learning Design & Technology - Digital Media for Teaching and Learning

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement Campus: Online Think about how education will be different in ten or twenty years. How will children engage each other and share resources - together in class or at home online? What kinds of technology-mediated experiences will they have? This master's option in Digital Media for Teaching and Learning plus endorsement for K-12 teachers will equip you to provide leadership to your school or district - using learning technologies that are already changing how people learn.

Learning Design & Technology - Instructional Design and Adult Learning

Degree Earned: MA Campus: Online The world of learning in adult settings is changing fast. It's not just about training and formal education anymore. It's about helping people pursue their learning goals individually and in teams. With skills you learn in the Instructional Design program option, you will create Web resources, multimedia demos, job aids, online modules - anything that helps adults learn and perform better on the job. These instructional-design skills are in high demand in corporate, healthcare, government, and higher-education settings.

Research and Evaluation Methods

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s MA in Research and Evaluation Methods provides an opportunity for those who are interested in improving the quality of education in schools and community organizations through high-quality research and evaluation, data-driven decisions and the dissemination of evidence-based research. Many of our alumni go on to become researchers, evaluators, consultants, and school leaders in Colorado and throughout the world.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Online This transformational, practice-oriented program for elementary and secondary teachers will develop your knowledge, leadership skills and classroom practices to support multilingual learners and their families. The number of children who speak and learn in multiple languages continues to rise across the nation has prompted the need for educators with the knowledge and skills to design effective practices and lead change in their schools. If you are passionate about elevating inclusivity in your classroom and championing the strengths and assets of children. Our MA in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education is a perfect option for you

MA in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education with Endorsement

Degree Earned: MA Endorsement Campus: CU Denver Online A master’s degree with a CLDE endorsement positions you to be a school leader and advocate for multilingual learners in your district. The need for leadership in Colorado and nationwide continues to grow as the Latinx population grows and the achievement gap for students widens. Join us at CU Denver in our masters with endorsement program to explore and understand the opportunities and challenges to achievement for Latinx students.

STEM Education - Math-Science

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Math-science educators are in high demand. CU Denver recognizes this shortage and prepares teachers to effectively guide today’s learners. Math-science teachers need expertise in understanding STEM learning and highly effective assessment and teaching practices. CU Denver’s MA in STEM Education with a concentration in math-science education prepares you to be a leading educator at the forefront of this field. You may choose from on-campus, hybrid and fully online formats.

STEM Education - Math

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Online The need for qualified and effective mathematics teachers has never been greater. University of Colorado Denver recognizes that impactful mathematics teaching requires a deep understanding of both student learning and mathematic content. Graduates of the STEM MA mathematics education concentration are positioned to work successfully in leadership roles in urban and diverse schools and understand the important role mathematics play in their students' lives. You may choose from on-campus, hybrid and fully online formats.

Middle School Math

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: Online CU Denver’s online Middle School Math endorsement is designed for currently licensed teachers who are seeking career advancement and a deeper understanding of how to engage middle school students in math. Mathematical learning opportunities matter and not all students receive the same kinds of opportunities. This endorsement will give you the unique qualifications you need to support and challenge students with diverse abilities and backgrounds.

Courses

A BA to MA program is an uninterrupted enrollment plan that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A student follows a prescribed BA to MA program plan of study. The typical two to three year time-frame that is required to earn a master’s degree may be decreased to as little as one year from the date a student receives a bachelor’s degree.

During an undergraduate’s senior year, BA to MA students develop a plan with their advisor to take graduate courses within their designated BA degree plan.

Admissions Requirements

Apply for admission into the BA to MA program in the semester you apply for your professional year (senior year.)

Professional year applications are forwarded to faculty for those who have chosen to opt in to the BA to MA option for MA admission decisions.

After admittance, you will begin taking three graduate-level courses in your senior year. Once you complete your bachelor’s degree, you move right into completing your master’s by taking 21 additional credits. If you choose to include an endorsement with your MA, you may need to take more than 21 additional credits to receive the MA and an endorsement. If you require additional time, you have up to seven years to complete your master’s degree.

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