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Alternative Licensure Program with Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education Concentration

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The Alternative Licensure Program with Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education Concentration (ALP 2 MAT) is a two-year program designed for those who want to obtain a teaching license and earn a master's degree with an endorsement in Elementary Education.

PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT

ALP 2 MAT candidates must:

  • Have been hired as a full-time elementary teacher in any Colorado Front Range area public school district, public or private charter school, or accredited private school.
  • Meet the Colorado Department of Education ALP Requirements
  • Pass the PRAXIS II Elementary Content Exam

ALP 2 MAT REQUIREMENTS

Year 1

  • Attend five days of Summer Seminar training in July or August
  • Attend MSU Denver ALP 2 MAT licensure classes and complete the ALP 2 MAT coursework which are integrated into the licensure classes during the first year of the ALP 2 MAT licensure program (They are not taken separately.)
  • Demonstrate proficiency on approximately half of the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete a Teacher Work Sample
  • Begin building a Teaching Portfolio documenting progress toward meeting the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete 140 hours of contact time with support team
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face and online classes

Summer between Year 1 and Year 2

  • The following MAT courses are to be registered for and taken ON CAMPUS:
    • MTLM 6100 - Integrated Mathematics II
    • MTLM 5600 - The Mathematics of Elementary Curriculum

Year 2

  • Complete remaining requirements for Teaching Portfolio
  • Demonstrate proficiency on remaining Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete 85 hours of contact time with support team
  • The following MAT course (TEDM 6100 - Educational Research) is to be taken ON CAMPUS during the 1st semester of the second year of the program
  • The following MAT courses are integrated throughout the second year of the ALP 2 MAT program with instruction and supervision provided by an ALP 2 instructor (They are not taken separately):
    • EDUM 6190 - Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar
    • TEDM 6800 - Capstone – Lesson Study for the Master of Arts Teaching Degree
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face and online classes

CURRICULUM

MAT Curriculum (graduate level courses + licensure)

  • Teacher Candidates enrolled in the ALP 2 MAT program complete the licensure requirements and 43 hours of graduate education coursework during the five semesters (two years plus a summer) they are enrolled in the ALP 2 MAT program.
  • Teacher Candidates will be eligible to apply for their Initial Colorado Teaching license with an endorsement in Elementary Education when they have successfully completed the ALP 2 MAT program and all required graduate courses.
  • If an ALP 2 MAT Teacher Candidate decides to move from the MAT sequence to the non-MAT ALP 2 program, he/she may do so at semester breaks.

CLASS SCHEDULE

  • All ALP 2 MAT Teacher Candidates are required to attend five days of Summer Seminar training in July.
  • During the school year, classes are held every Tuesday.
  • Classes are held face-to-face and online.

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