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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. An extra summer and fall semester are required to complete the MA. See the ITL Program page for more information.

Application & Placement Timeline - UPDATED 4.22.21

  • January 1st - Application submission period starts for the 2021-2022 ITL Program.
  • March 1st - Candidate review process and notification of admission status begins.
  • March 15th - Priority application deadline for field placement.**
  • April - Placement interviews begin; interviews need to be completed by 3rd week of May.
  • May 15th - Last day to submit application materials for consideration.
  • May 31st - Enrollment for Initial Teacher Licensure Grad Cert during 2021-2022 year ends.
  • June - ITL Classes start. Outstanding prerequisites should be completed by the start of courses.***
  • August 1st - Praxis Testing must be scheduled prior to the start of field placement.
  • August 3rd - First day in field placement for teacher candidates placed in D51.

Application Checklists

  • Graduate applications and supplemental required items are submitted online through CMUconnect.
  • For a printer-friendly version of the ITL application requirements, see the ITL Application Checklist.
*Students without a 3.0 GPA should contact Teacher Ed to discuss a plan for meeting eligibility.
**Applications received after March 15th are subject to field availability & course capacity.
***Students may be granted permission to complete an academic prerequisite while enrolled in ITL courses.
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 6


  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 7

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)