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

The MA+ English Language Arts program and the MA+ Social Studies program will be moving to a one-year model with a summer 2019 start and a summer 2020 finish. Students will take one course during summer 2019, 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 teacher licensure at the end of the spring semester. 

 English Language Arts and Social Studies MA+ programs will be summer admit only beginning summer 2019

 Deadline to apply for summer admission is January 10, 9:59pm MST

Admissions 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 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.
  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. 

    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
    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. Why you want to become a (level/subject) teacher and why now.
      2. Description of a powerful learning experience in your life and how it might inform your own teaching in the future.
      3. Reflection on personal strengths (e.g. intellectual passion, academic abilities, disposition to work with youth and professional colleagues) and lived experiences that you will build upon to reach and teach all learners.
    5. 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

    Submitting Materials

    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


    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 Jan. 10. 

    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. 

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