MA+ Teacher Licensure in English or Social Studies, immersive one-year program

The MA+ English Language Arts program and the MA+ Social Studies program are completed in one year with a summer start and finish. Students take two courses during the first summer, complete full-time coursework and practica in the fall and spring semesters, and then complete one course during summer to finish the MA degree. Successful completers will be eligible to be recommended for secondary teacher licensure (for grades 7-12) at the end of the spring semester. 

These programs are organized around a conceptual framework grounded in our shared commitments to equity and justice. We focus on three key themes:

  • Power, Privilege, and Positioning
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Professional Identity

This framework invites candidates to explore a series of guiding questions throughout each course and practicum experience and to examine how centering these themes impacts teaching and learning.

 English Language Arts and Social Studies MA+ programs will be summer admit only, beginning in term B (July).

 Deadline to apply for summer admission is January 15, international, or February 1, domestic

Program Requirements for MA+ English and Social Studies Teacher Licensure

Requirements

This program offers an efficient and experiential route to earning a Master's degree with your teaching licensure. To be eligible for admission to the MA+ English Language Arts or Social Studies program, applicants must meet all of the requirements below. Please note, satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA cumulatively among all institutions attended. Applicants must also have a 3.0 GPA in all content area coursework. Please note, GRE Scores are not required for the MA+ program.
  3. Documentation of 25 hours of youth experience with students in grades 7-12 (12-18 years old)
  4. Basic Skills Requirement: Complete appropriate, college-level Math and Composition courses with a “B-“ or better. Acceptable scores on the ACT, SAT, GRE, or Praxis CORE exam will also satisfy the requirement.
  5. English Language Arts applicants must have a degree in English Literature, Ethnic Studies, Spanish Literature, or Humanities with a literature emphasis.
  6. Applicants will need to complete the appropriate Colorado approved Praxis exam for their content area prior to the beginning of the first class in the program. Any candidate that has not passed the Praxis exam by the time their program begins will be dismissed from the program or may be given the option to defer admission one year. 
    • English Language Arts Content Knowledge Praxis Exam Number 5038

    • Social Studies Content Knowledge Praxis Exam Number 5081

  7. Applicants must complete all content coursework for their teaching area prior to the beginning of the first class in the program. Any candidate who has not completed their content coursework by the time their program begins will be dismissed from the program or may be given the option to defer admission one year.

Prerequisite Content Coursework (English)

General Education Requirements (3 credits each)

  • Mathematics: College-level mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Natural Science

Content Coursework Requirements

  • Advanced Writing: Critical or creative writing beyond introductory composition level (3 credits)
  • Visual and Digital Communication: ex) theatre, film, or other digital media (3 credits)
  • Literature: Must include a component of American literature, British literature, World literature, and Multicultural literature (12 credits)
  • English and English Language Arts: Acceptable coursework may be in communication/speech, composition, drama/theatre, humanities, journalism and/or literature (may include courses from the content requirements above). (30 credits) * A minimum of 12 credits must be upper division * A minimum of 6 credits must be in the past five years

Prerequisite Content Coursework (Social Studies)

General Education Requirements (3 credits each)

  • Mathematics: College-level mathematics
  • Writing: College-level composition
  • Social Science
  • Natural Science

Content Coursework Requirements

  • U.S. History (6 credits)
  • World History (6 credits)
  • Economics: Must be completed in an Economics department (3 credits)
  • Political Science: Must be completed in a Political Science department (3 credits)
  • Cultural/Human Geography: Must be completed in a Geography department Physical Geography does NOT qualify (3 credits)
  • Sociology or Social/Cultural Anthropology: Must be completed in a Sociology or Anthropology department. Physical Anthropology does NOT qualify. (3 credits)
  • Social Studies courses: Acceptable coursework may be in anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, geography, history, international affairs or political science (may include courses from the content requirements). A minimum of 12 credits must be upper division (30 credits)

Application Process

Please follow the instructions within the application and upload required documents. 

You will need to submit:

  1. The online MA+ Teacher Licensure Application
     Application Tips: 
    • Choose first time user and create an account by following the directions.
    • Once logged in, choose start new application. 
    • Complete personal background section to move on to other parts of the application.
    • Under program details choose: Department/Program: Curriculum and Instruction; Degree: Curriculum and Instruction MA; Subplan/Track: Choose from English Language Arts or Social Studies.
  2. Unofficial Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have ever attended. More information about how to upload transcripts. Only after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. Electronic Transcripts (unofficial and official) may be sent directly to gradprocessing@colorado.edu.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a college-level instructor, professor, graduate student instructor, lab instructor, or a teaching assistant. As an alternative, a letter can be provided by an employer who can provide anecdotal evidence regarding your written and oral communication skills, analytical reasoning, and/or the ability to read complex material.
  4. A Personal Statement of 1,000 words addressing each of the following:
    1. Looking back on your K-12 experiences, how would you describe yourself as a student?
    2. When you envision yourself as a classroom teacher, what do you see, who do you see, what kinds of texts and other materials do you see?
    3. As you reflect upon the youth experiences you have reported here, what have you learned about and from young people?
  5. A current resume
  6. The Youth Experience Verification Form documenting 25 hours of youth interaction within the past five years and within the age group you would like to teach.

 Tip: Letters of recommendation may not count towards the youth experience requirement. Youth Experience Verifications must be submitted as an additional application item.

 Tip: Unacceptable youth experiences are any form of peer counseling performed in high school, any work as a babysitter or nanny, any experience supervised by a relative or friend, and any experience involving your own children, relatives, or a friend’s children. 

For International Students 

International applicants must have a United States social security number before they are eligible to apply. The Colorado Department of Education requires a social security number in order to be licensed to teach in the state of Colorado.

For international transcripts, you must provide a printed course-by-course transcript equivalency report provided by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Questions can be directed to the School of Education at 303-492-6555 or edadvise@colorado.edu.

The MA+ Teacher Licensure Application and personal statement must be submitted electronically. Electronic submissions of recommendations are preferred. Remember, if you are having letters of recommendation submitted electronically, you need to submit your application earlier than the deadline. By providing your recommenders contact infomation within the application, your contacts will receive an automated email requesting their letter after you have submitted the online application.

Any materials not submitted electronically (i.e. transcripts, Youth Experience Verification Forms, or print recommendation letters) must be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

Questions can be directed to the School of Education at 303-492-6555 or edadvise@colorado.edu.

Deadlines 

Applications to the Accelerated MA+ programs in English Language Arts or  Social Studies are only considered for Summer admission.

Summer Term Only:

 Deadline to apply for summer admission is January 15, international and February 1, domestic. 

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline. 

Admissions Decisions

Admission decisions are typically distributed eight weeks after the application deadline. The School of Education will send your official admission decision via email. Please continue to check the email you provided on your application. 

English Course Overview 

Semester One (Summer)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5112 Adolescent Development and Learning for Teachers 3
EDUC 5001 Framing Equity and Justice in the Humanities
Classroom 
3

Semester Two (Fall)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5005 Advanced Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 5295 Narrative and Story in the Humanities 3
EDUC 5325 Queering Literacy in the Secondary Classroom 3
EDUC 5345 Secondary English Methods I 3
EDUC 5485 Differentiation in the Classroom 3
EDUC 4901 Student Teaching I 3

Semester Three (Spring)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5365 Secondary English Methods II 3
EDUC 5490 Blurring Disciplinary Lines in the Humanities 3
EDUC 4902 Student Teaching II 4

Semester Four (Summer)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5395 Professional Teaching for Equity and Justice 3
  Total credits: 37

Sample Course Schedule (PDF)

Social Studies Course Overview 

Semester One (Summer)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5112 Adolescent Development and Learning for Teachers 3
EDUC 5001 Framing Equity and Justice in the Humanities
Classroom 
3

Semester Two (Fall)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5005 Advanced Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 5335 Secondary Social Studies Methods I 3
EDUC 5325 Queering Literacy in the Secondary Classroom 3
EDUC 5316 Nature of Social Studies 3
EDUC 5485 Differentiation in the Classroom 3
EDUC 4901 Student Teaching I 3

Semester Three (Spring)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5365 Secondary Social Studies Methods II 3
EDUC 5490 Blurring Disciplinary Lines in the Humanities 3
EDUC 4902 Student Teaching II 4

Semester Four (Summer)

Course # Course title Credits
EDUC 5395 Professional Teaching for Equity and Justice 3
  Total credits: 37

 Sample Course Schedule (PDF)

Field hours

Course # Field hours
EDUC 4001/5001 Framing Equity and Justice  70 hours
EDUC 4901 Student Teaching I 224 hours
EDUC 4902 Student Teaching II 680 hours
EDUC 5395 Professional Teaching for Equity and Justice 42 hours
Total: 1016 hours

Required Tests and Assessments

  • Basic Skills: Prior to EDUC 4901 Student Teaching I: Complete an appropriate, college-level math and composition course with a B- or better. Acceptable scores on the ACT, SAT, GRE or Praxis CORE exam will also satisfy the requirement.
  • Licensure Exam: Prior to EDUC 4901 Student Teaching I: Pass the state-approved licensure exam, PRAXIS Subject Assessment (test code 5038).
  • Teacher Performance Assessment: Pass a performance-based, subject-specific assessment designed by program faculty.

 Please contact an advisor if you have any questions. See the course catalog for an updated listing of courses.

 

For more information, please contact the School of Education by email at edadvise@colorado.edu or by phone 303-492-6555.