The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for candidates with a bachelor's degree in a field other than education who wish to obtain a master's degree and become a licensed teacher in the areas of either Elementary Education or Special Education. Both areas provide a comprehensive background in education with all of the required coursework and clinical experience for licensure in the state of Colorado.

The MAT program prepares candidates for successful careers in education through high quality and accessible education. The goal of the MAT programs is to prepare teachers to make effective decisions in diverse classrooms. To accomplish this goal, an emphasis is placed on producing master teachers who are self-reflective, life-long learners, and who have an understanding of child development, content, and pedagogy.

MAT licensure candidates must be able to use theory, research, classroom experience, and professional judgment to lead others in collaborative planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction for students.


We offer two concentrations of the MAT Program:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidate in Elementary Education will complete requirements for licensure in the K-6 classroom. Students can complete the content courses and requisite licensure requirements while working towards a graduate degree to fulfill the Elementary Education requirements. MAT students must complete all licensure and all core classes to complete the MAT degree and be recommended for licensure.

Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

This Master of Arts in Teaching program was designed for people who are pursuing a master's degree along with a generalist Special Education license to teach in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The MAT Special Education program provides candidates with a case-based curriculum designed to prepare candidates to meet the needs of children and adolescents with mild to severe disabilities.

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