Applied Studies MAEd

Colorado Mesa University offers three applied studies programs that lead to a Graduate Certificate with an option to complete a Master of Arts degree in Education. These programs are offered in 3 tracks and in online and blended course formats that work around a working professional's schedule.

Graduate Certificate Only Track: The 18-credit hour Graduate Certificate programs are designed to be completed in a two-year cycle and provide licensed secondary teachers the credentials required by the Higher Learning Commission to teach concurrent college or university courses in the area of English, Mathematics or Social Studies. The program also enables individuals who hold a related bachelor's degree the opportunity to take individual courses and/or earn a graduate certificate. Admission to the graduate certificate programs is granted by the individual departments, English, Mathematics or Social Science.

MA & Graduate Certificate Concurrent Track: Students may complete the additional coursework for the master's program alongside their content-specific coursework for the Graduate Certificate. The MA application does require extra documents and steps. Students seeking concurrent admission must first be granted admission to the Graduate Certificate program by the individual departments, English, Mathematics or Social Science, and then to the MAEd by the Center for Teacher Education.

MA Option after Graduate Certificate: Students may elect to continue onto the master's degree after completion of the graduate certificate. For information on how to return to CMU to complete the remaining 15 credits hours related to education research, curriculum, instruction, culture, pedagogy, and educational technology, contact the CTE Graduate Office at 970.248.1618 or gradprograms@coloradomesa.edu.

The Master of Arts in Education, Applied Mathematics is a dynamic program designed to meet the needs of education professionals who desire to teach lower-division college Mathematics courses in high school or higher education but who don’t have the necessary graduate credits to do so. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 33 credit hours in graduate coursework in Mathematics and education. The program is designed to provide students with more advanced knowledge in education research, curriculum, instruction, culture, pedagogy, and educational technology. Graduates of this programs will also employ mathematical, computational and/or statistical methods to address topics in applied mathematics; create oral and written arguments, well-grounded in theories and methods of applied mathematics; and formulate and evaluate hypotheses related to applied problems, issues, concepts, and perspectives.

Academic Requirements

This 18-credit hour program is designed to be completed in a two-year cycle, and serves several purposes. (1) This program is intended to provide licensed secondary mathematics teachers the credentials required by the Higher Learning Commission to teach concurrent college or university mathematics courses. (2) The program enables professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge of applied mathematics an opportunity to take individual courses and/or earn a graduate certificate in the subject area. (3) The program provides an opportunity for post-graduates to take courses that serve as a bridge between a baccalaureate degree and a master degree in mathematics or related field. (The transferability of the courses would depend on the individual master's program.)

Academic Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education, Rhetoric and Literary Studies program is a dynamic program designed to meet the needs of education professionals who desire to teach lower-division college English courses in high school or higher education but who don’t have the necessary graduate credits to do so. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 33 credit hours in graduate coursework in English and education. The program is designed to provide students with more advanced knowledge in education research, curriculum, instruction, culture and pedagogy, educational technology, composition and rhetoric, literary theory, linguistics, creative writing, and American and British literature.

Academic Requirements

The graduate certificate in Rhetoric and Literary Studies prepares those who already have a BA in English and need advanced expertise to teach composition and literature for a higher education institution. The program also allows students to explore particular fields in greater depth, test aptitude for graduate school, and even take steps towards an MA in English or education. The program focuses on key expertise that forms a well-rounded teacher in an English program: Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, Literary Theory, Creative Writing, and Linguistics. The curriculum invites a deep examination into the texts, contexts, and theories of language, literature, and writing. Students gain a better sense of the field and contribute their own scholarly voice to the conversation. They become close readers, critical thinkers, and creative and insightful writers.

Academic Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education, Social Sciences program is a dynamic program designed to meet the needs of education professionals who desire to teach lower-division college history and political science courses in high school or higher education but who don’t have the necessary graduate credits to do so.The degree is awarded after successful completion of 33 credit hours in graduate coursework in history, political science and education. The program is designed to provide students with more advanced knowledge in history and political science, and in education research, curriculum, instruction, culture, pedagogy, and educational technology.

Academic Requirements

This graduate certificate is designed for high school teachers who already have a B.A. and need the credentials required by the Higher Learning Commission to teach history and political science courses for lower-division college level credit. Students in this certificate program will acquire 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in the fields of history and political science over a two-year period. This program allows students to explore history and political science in greater depth, and to prepare themselves for masters-level graduate degrees in one of these fields. The transferability of these courses towards a specific master's degree is not guaranteed, and would depend on the individual masters programs.

Academic Requirements

Career Links:

⇒Colorado Department of Education Current Educators Page: http://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent/currenteducators

⇒Colorado Teaching Jobs: https://colorado.teachers-teachers.com/

⇒Higher Ed Jobs: https://www.higheredjobs.com/

⇒Nationwide Career, Salary, and Licensure Information at Teacher.org: https://www.teacher.org/

⇒Mesa County School District Teacher Pay Schedules:

  • Note: the MA degree is required to qualify for the additional compensation schedule.
  • Available at www.d51schools.org → Employment → JobOpportunities → SalarySchedules

 

Scholarship Information

Rural Educator Scholarships

Concurrent Enrollment Education Qualification Stipend - This stipend is available to in-service educators in rural Colorado school districts who want to teach concurrent enrollment courses.
National Board Certification Stipend - This stipend is available to in-service educators in rural Colorado school districts who want to become Nationally Board Certified teachers.

⇒Scholarships for teachers pursuing graduate coursework can be found on the Denver Foundation site.

⇒Teacher.org Scholarship Resources: https://www.teacher.org/scholarships-grants/

Applied Studies Contacts

English: Dr. Barry Laga - Department Head of Languages, Literature and Mass Communication

Mathematics: Dr. Phil Gustafson - Faculty Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Applied Mathematics

Social Science: Dr. Jessica Herrick, Head of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Center for Teacher Education Contacts

Dr. Blake Bickham - Department Head of Teacher Education

April Chandler - Program Support Coordinator