This Program Starts Each May in 4 Locations:
You will have courses, practicums and student teaching experiences for the first year, leading to your teaching license eligibility. You will have just two remaining master's degree courses the following summer (generally before you start your first full-time job).
Schedule for Courses & Teaching Experiences
Summer term I (mid May through early August):
- Colorado Springs & Denver: UNC classes Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday 8-5.
- Greeley & Loveland: UNC classes Monday-Thursday 8-5 (with a couple of Fridays in May).
Fall term (late August through mid December):
- Colorado Springs & Denver: UNC classes Tuesday & Thursday evenings, and Saturday 8-5. Practicum at an area school two days per week (many students choose Tuesday and Thursday).
- Greeley & Loveland: UNC classes two weekdays per week. Practicum at an area school two days per week.
Can Be Completed Fully Online the Last Two Terms
You are able to complete the final two terms of the program via distance education, which is helpful if you choose to complete your student teaching at a school that is far away from our centers!
Spring term (January through early May): All locations
- Student teaching: Monday-Friday during school hours.
- UNC classes: one online course.
- You will be eligible for your teacher licensure at the end of Spring term if you are meeting all requirements.
Summer term 2 (mid May through early August):
- Colorado Springs & Denver: one of the remaining two master's degree courses is completed online, the other can be completed either face-to-face (over two weekends) or online.
- Greeley & Loveland: the remaining two master's degree courses are completed online.
Contact the Program & Enrollment Manager
Applications will be accepted until the program starts in May, but we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready so that we can inform you of your admission decision as soon as possible. Please contact the Off-Campus Program Coordinator with any questions.
The Application Process
You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:
- Apply to the UNC Graduate School
You will then continue in the system (or log back in later) to submit the following:
- Choose Education M.A.T. - Elementary Education with Licensure Emphasis-Elementary Education Endorsement (Grades K-6) (Extended Campus) as your academic program of interest and choose Summer as your entry term on the application.
- Request 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.
- Follow all graduate school application steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts (GRE scores are not required for this program).
- Statement of Goals addressing your potential as a graduate student and future professional goals. The statement should be 500 words or less.
Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the School of Teacher Education for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.