Admissions for Curriculum & Instruction, MA

Admissions Details

Curriculum & Instruction, MA

Admissions Checklist

  • Complete the Graduate Application
    • Pay the $60.00 application fee
    • Upload your career goal statement.
    • Upload your curriculum vitae or professional résumé (include relevant paid work and volunteer experience where applicable).
    • Complete and upload the Tuition Classification form.
    • Three references - references must be from a former instructor, current supervisor, and a professional colleague, these references must be in a position to give feedback regarding your ability to be successful in the program.
    • Complete a background check or provide unofficial copies of all professional educational/teaching licenses.
  • Submit Transcripts
    • Have one official transcript of all higher education course work ever completed to date (undergraduate and graduate GPA must be included on transcripts), sent from the institution you attended directly to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Office of Admissions (electronically or by postal services).
      • Postal Services:
        UCCS Office of Admissions
        1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
        Colorado Springs CO 80918-3733
      • Electronically:
      • For other documents if needed:
  •  Additional item for International Applicants:
    • English Proficiency must be demonstrated by providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based), or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.
    • "Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators,
  • Interview with a Department Faculty Member

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.

Admission Requirements

Master's Degree candidates must demonstrate practical knowledge in the field of teaching along with the research skills and practices necessary for graduate-level work.

To be admitted to the Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, the applicant must submit and meet the following criteria:

Admissions Requirements

Decision Points

Baccalaureate Degree Hold a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, 4-year institution of higher education with a preference given to students who have successful documentation of high-quality undergraduate work in the liberal arts and sciences and a teaching field and who hold a teaching license.
Application Complete and submit a program application
Grade Point Average (GPA) Document, through official transcripts, a minimum GPA of 2.75 for completed undergraduate work and 3.0 for graduate work.
Professional Goals Statement Please describe why you have applied to your respective program and want to be a professional educator. Please be sure to include personal and professional information that supports this decision. Your statement should be at least two pages in length, double-spaced. Make sure to include your name and the program you are applying to in your goal statement.
Interview Requirement Participate in Professional Interviews with Department Chair or Department faculty
MA Advising Appointment Schedule an advising appointment (interview and appointment can be done simultaneously) with Department Chair or Department faculty – bring all official transcripts of conferred degrees, course work, and a copy of your teaching license, if applicable)
Letters of Recommendation Submit three letters of recommendation (one academic, two professional) from professionals with whom you have worked or studied under.
Transfer Credit

MA candidates may request (to Department Chair or Program Coordinator ) to transfer in up to 9-semester credits of graduate course work from a regionally accredited, 4-year institution of higher education if the course work is deemed to be appropriate for the MA in Curriculum & Instruction.

All transfer requests must officially document grades of 3.0 or higher to be transferred. MA candidates must supply course catalog descriptions and course syllabi for all requested transfer coursework.

Program Acceptance

MA applicants who do not meet the GPA criteria but have shown, through other application materials, the potential to achieve at the graduate level may be afforded provisional acceptance which will be contingent upon receiving a 3.0 or higher on the first 9 credits of graduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs