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Education MAT – Elementary Education with Licensure Emphasis – Elementary Education Endorsement (Grades K-6) – Colorado Springs or Denver

Get Started – Colorado Springs and Denver Deliveries Start Each April

Accepted applicants who attend at the Colorado Springs Center or Denver Center begin the program each April.

Please note: the first courses in April are considered Spring term courses, which may allow for Spring term federal financial aid. Your Program Coordinators will communicate any Spring-related needs.

Schedule for Courses and Teaching Experiences

Spring/Summer terms (late-April through mid-August): UNC classes – Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday.

Fall term (late-August through mid-December): UNC classes – Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday. Practicum at an area school - Two days per week (many students choose Tuesday and Thursday).

Spring term (mid-January through early-May): Student teaching – Mon-Fri during school hours. UNC classes – one online course. You will be eligible for your teacher licensure at the end of Spring term if meeting all requirements.

Summer term (mid-May through early-August): The remaining two master's degree courses are completed online.

Program Coordinators

Contact the Program & Enrollment Manager

Jon Shaw

Academic Coordinator – Colorado Springs and Denver

Rosann Englebretson

Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until the program starts in April, but we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready so that you ensure admission before all spaces are filled. We will 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:

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School
    • Choose Education:Elementary Education with Licensure Emphasis-Elementary Edu. Endorsement (Grades K-6)-MAT as your academic program of interest and choose Spring of the appropriate year as your entry term on the application. The Spring listing will say "Spring (January)" even though your program actually starts in April.
    • 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).
  2. You will then continue in the system (or log back in later) to submit the following:
    • Three professional letters of recommendation - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to these individuals.
    • Statement of Goals addressing your potential as a graduate student and future professional goals. The letter 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.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
Teacher Licensure in 1 year, MAT in 15 months
$520/credit hour

Delivery Options:

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What Students Say

“The quick timeline and the convenience of where it was offered were important to me. Once I researched UNC’s great teacher education history, it was an easy choice.”

– Christian Kozlowski, program graduate