Applying to the ITL Graduate Certificate Program

Transcript Evaluation - Required BEFORE Applying to Program

To determine if leveling courses are needed, a transcript evaluation must be completed prior to applying.

  1. Send copies of your (unofficial) transcripts to
  2. Indicate which program you are interested in: Elementary; Secondary (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Spanish) or K12 Physical Education.
  3. Retain a copy of the evaluation to upload with your ITL Application.

Please note, a 3.0* GPA is a prerequisite for all CMU graduate programs.

ITL Master of Arts in Education 

After obtaining licensure and the ITL Graduate Certificate, ITL students may pursue the additional graduate coursework to complete the Master of Arts in Education degree. See the ITL Program page for more information.

Application & Placement Timeline

  • March 1st - Candidate review process and notification of admission status begins.
  • March 15th - Priority application deadline for field placement.
  • April - Placement interviews begin; applications and materials may still be considered in April.
  • May 1st - Last day to submit application materials for consideration.
  • May - Outstanding requirements should be completed before the start of ITL courses in May.**
  • August 1st - Praxis Testing must be scheduled prior to the start of field placement.
  • August 4th - First day in field placement for teacher candidates placed in D51.
*Students without a 3.0 GPA should contact Teacher Ed to discuss a plan for eligibility. 
**Students may be given permission to complete an academic prerequisite while enrolled in ITL. 
Step 1


A $50 application fee is collected when you submit your application.
Step 2


Step 3

Official Transcripts

  1. Request Transcripts from Previous Institutions

    Official transcripts of undergraduate degree and graduate (if applicable) institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Colorado Mesa University.

Step 4

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of professional recommendation are required. Recommendations should address commitment to children and education, leadership potential, ability to work with others, knowledge of your experience working with children (required in at least one letter) academic abilities/scholarship. Letters may not be from family or relatives.
  1. Send Recommendation Request

    Recommendation requests should be sent to your references directly from CMUconnect. They will receive an email prompting further action. You will see a completed checklist item once the letter has been returned.

Step 5

Background Check

Step 7


  1. Submit resume

    In a one page document, please include personal data (name, address, email, phone number); classroom experiences, work experiences, background information about teaching-type jobs, volunteering, etc.; education/certificates obtained. Upload file to your application in CMUconnect.

Step 8

Letter of Interest

  1. Letter of interest

    In a one page document, please explain why you want to become a teacher, describe your vision of an ideal school, mentor teacher, and classroom; discuss your personal strengths and skills that will benefit the students and school; format appropriately (single spaced, professional)