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Teaching Diverse Learners MA (With Dual Endorsement in Special Education and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education) – Eligibility and Transfer Credit

Admission Requirements

  • Possess (or be in the process of finishing) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 point scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.
    • If you are still completing your bachelor's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional requirements as defined by the academic program that must be met within one calendar year to remain enrolled at UNC.
    • If you have completed a master's degree, or at least 18 credit hours towards a master's degree, the GPA of your master's work will be used.
  • You must hold a valid Elementary, Secondary or Early Childhood teaching license.
  • Three credits of literacy instruction*
  • Evidence of second language learning*
  • Teachers whose license/experience are not in Elementary education should consider completing the Elementary Praxis assessment prior to completing the dual endorsement program if they need to be highly qualified in special education.
  • Teachers from outside of Colorado would need to receive Colorado licensure before UNC can provide an institutional recommendation for Colorado dual endorsement.*

*These requirements can be met while in the process of completing the program.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

International Students

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:

  • Qualifying test scores: TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60
  • Completion of a degree in the U.S., or from an English speaking country (parts of Europe, Canada), within the last two years.

Students in completely online UNC programs are not required to come to the United States. You will not need student Visas or receive any immigration documentation, and do not need to provide financial documentation during the application process.

Transferring Credit

Applicable graduate credit with a grade of A or B from a regionally accredited university may be able to be applied towards this academic program. Master's and post-master's specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a degree program must be completed within five years for a master's degree and six years for a specialist degree. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program. See the full Graduate Transfer Credit Policy.

Students must submit an original transcript to their advisor for review. Student and advisor then complete a Transfer of Credit form to submit along with the original transcript to the Grad School for review and final approval.

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Snapshot

Credits Required:
33
Time to Completion:
5 terms (20 months)
Tuition:
$520/credit hour

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Contact the Program & Enrollment Manager:

Jon Shaw

970-351-2897

Program Coordinators:

Dr. Lewis Jackson
970-351-1658

Dr. Madeline Milian
970-351-1683

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