Become an Elementary Teacher in One Year and Earn Your Master's Degree / License
The Education Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education with Licensure Emphasis program allows bachelor’s degree holders to change careers by becoming licensed/endorsed elementary teachers.
This accelerated program features a blend of online and in-person requirements, including school placement options across the Colorado Front Range. See the hybrid delivery summary below for details.
The mission of this Master of Arts in Teaching plus teacher licensure program is to prepare graduate-level teacher candidates who are able to perform proficiently in elementary classrooms situated in an increasingly complex, diverse, and technologically advanced society. This program emphasizes both depth and breadth of teaching knowledge, theory, research, practice and skills.
Hybrid Delivery Plus Student Teaching Experiences
The Extended Campus delivery of this master's degree is a fast-completion, high-quality route to teacher licensure. Our faculty have recently redesigned the program to reduce the amount of time you will spend in UNC classrooms, so that you can fit a significant portion of this program around your other obligations.
What does "hybrid" delivery of this program mean?
- Some courses will be delivered fully face-to-face at your chosen UNC location in Denver or Loveland.
- Some courses have a hybrid delivery, where you will have a few face-to-face class sessions but some instruction will be completed online.
- Some courses will be completely online.
- We have partner schools available across the Northern Colorado, Denver and Colorado Springs areas for your elementary school practicum (your first in-school placement in the Fall).
- You can request placement anywhere in the world for your student teaching in the Spring.
- See the Application and Location Info page for a detailed summary of the delivery for each term of study.
Inspire the Next Generation
With a graduate-level Education degree and licensure from UNC, you'll be a highly valued teacher candidate—UNC is the premier teacher preparation university in Colorado. You'll make a difference in the lives of children, and establish a career in a field that is always in demand.
UNC School of Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).
Time to Completion:
Teacher Licensure in 1 year, MAT in 15 months
Delivery Options & Start Term:
Starts each Summer term.
Teaching experiences are available across the Colorado Front Range, and you will have some in-person requirements at your chosen location:
- Denver + Online
- Loveland + Online
The coursework below covers graduate coursework with your peers at the UNC delivery location you choose, and teaching experiences in area schools, including...
- Practicums: this field experience requires 160 hours (11 hours a week for 15 weeks) in an elementary classroom. You will be assigned to a school two days per week in the fall semester of the program. This experience includes some teaching responsibilities.
- Student Teaching: a full time teaching responsibility that takes place in the spring semester of the program. You will be required to spend 16 full weeks in an elementary classroom. You may apply to teach in any location you choose: close to home, abroad, or anywhere in between. We do our best to accommodate requests for placement, but there are no guarantees of availability at a requested area/school.
Required Courses (46 Credit Hours)
- EDEL 510 Reading Assessment Informs Teaching (3)
- EDEL 520 Effective Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics (3)
- EDEL 544 Elementary Student Teaching and Capstone Seminar (9)
- EDEL 550 Effective Instruction in Elementary School Social Studies (3)
- EDEL 560 Teaching Foundational Reading Skills (3)
- EDEL 602 Elementary School Practicum (2)
- EDEL 612 Elementary School Curriculum (3)
- EDF 500 Conceptions of Schooling (3)
- EDRD 515 Content Literacy for Diverse Learners (3)
- EDSE 430 Exceptional Student in the Elementary Classroom (2)
- ET 501 Introduction to Applications of Educational Technology in PK-12 Education (3)
- PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3)
- SCED 570 Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3 with lab)
- SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
What Our 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