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Master of Arts in Education

Colorado Mesa University began offering the Master of Arts in Education in summer 2006. The program is administered by the Center for Teacher Education (CTE). The CTE is guided on academic policy issued by the Graduate Council.

The Master of Arts in Education is designed as a dynamic, current program to meet the needs of education professionals as they gain additional expertise in one or more state endorsement areas. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 35-38 semester hours of rigorous study. The program is designed to provide the student with 11 hours of core knowledge in educational design, theory, assessment, technology and research. The additional semester hours allow the student to focus on a particular endorsement area.

The program uses a cohort model with a group of participants completing all requirements in a four-semester cycle. The current cognate areas are Educational Leadership (EDLD), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Exceptional Learner/Special Education (EDSE) & Teacher Leader (EDTL).

Graduate Certificates in Education

The program uses a cohort model with a group of participants completing all requirements in a four-semester cycle. The current cognate areas are Educational Leadership (EDLD), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Exceptional Learner/Special Education (EDSE) & Teacher Leader (EDTL).

  • Students who do not already have a Masters of Arts degree may pursue a Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader or English for Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Students must already have a Master of Arts degree to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership or Exceptional Learner/Special Education.

Graduate Tuition Rates

Graduate Handbook (updated July 2016)


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


Educational Leadership (EDLD)

Colorado Mesa University offers a comprehensive Master of Arts in Education - Educational Leadership and endorsement (Graduate Certificate) for principal licensure. The program is designed to prepare educators as dynamic K-12 school leaders with specialized knowledge in school improvement strategies, research, curriculum/ instruction/ assessment strategies, school law, budgeting, human resource management and leadership skills. A 300 hour internship in a school is required under the supervision of the building principal. The program is sequenced into 4 semesters, with a comprehensive exam at the end of the program.

Admission is open to certified educators with at least three years experience. Applications must be completed by March 15 for priority consideration to begin the program in the summer. For a fall start, application are encouraged to be turned in by June 1st. For a spring start, applications are encouraged to be turned in by Nov. 1st. Apply for Admission

EDLD MAED Program Sheet      EDLD GCED Program Sheet

Cohort 10 Schedule 2015-2016

Cohort 11 Schedule 2016-2017

Frequently Asked EDLD Questions


Exceptional Learner/Special Education (EDSE)

The Exceptional Learner Master of Arts in Education provides graduate students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of teaching students with special needs in the K-12 school environment. The program is designed to train educational generalists in inclusive non-categorical approaches for children with heterogeneous special needs. This degree program is primarily designed for teachers who seek both certification and a graduate level degree in special education, but applications from individuals who intend to work in administrative capacities are also encouraged. The program consists of 11 credit hours of core knowledge strategies, behavioral interventions, teaching methods, high and low incidence disabilities, gifted and talented, and a school-based practicum which allows application of acquired knowledge. The program is sequenced into four semesters, with a capstone project at the end.

Applications must be completed by March 15 for priority consideration to begin the program in the summer. For a fall start, application are encouraged to be turned in by June 1st. For a spring starts, applications are encouraged to be turned in by Nov. 1st. Apply for Admission

2015-2016

EDSE MAED Program Sheet      EDSE GCED Program Sheet

Cohort 5 Schedule 2015-2016

2016-2017

EDSE MAED Program Sheet      EDSE GCED Program Sheet

Cohort 6 Schedule 2016-2017


Teacher Leader (EDTL)

Colorado Mesa University offers a comprehensive Master of Arts in Education degree in Teacher Leader. The program is designed to prepare educators as dynamic K-12 school leaders with specialized knowledge in school improvement strategies, research, curriculum/instruction/assessment strategies, coaching and mentoring, facilitation, human resource management and leadership skills. The program is sequenced into 4 semesters, with a comprehensive exam at the end of the program.

Admission is open to certified educators with at least two years experience. Applications must be completed by March 15 for priority consideration to begin the program in the summer. For a fall start, application are encouraged to be turned in by June 1st. For a spring starts, applications are encouraged to be turned in by Nov. 1st.

EDTL MAED Program Sheet      EDTL GCED Program Sheet

EDTL Cohort 3 Schedule 2015 -2016

EDTL Cohort 4 Schedule 2016-2017