Center for Educator Preparation

How to apply

You can apply to the master's degree and principal licensure or the principal licensure only. The admission and application information below is for the master's degree and principal licensure. View the admission and application information for the principal licensure onl (Principal Licensure only)

Before applying to the degree and licensure program, it is strongly recommended that you contact the program coordinator well in advance of the application deadline to understand and fulfill all requirements.


Minimum Admission Requirements

The educational leadership, renewal, and change (M.Ed.) degree and principal licensure requires applicants to have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Valid teaching license
  • At least three years of teaching experience
  • GRE scores are not required.

  • Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

    Before your application for graduate study is considered, all application materials must be received by the department.

    Step 1 – Apply Online

  • Complete the online graduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online).
  • Select "Educ & Hum Res Studies MED/Ed Ldrshp, Renew & Chg - Distance" when choosing the Program of study.
  • Select "CSU" when choosing the Site.
  • Step 2 – Submit Application Materials

    Gather all of the following materials and submit through the School of Education Graduate Online Application.

  • Current resume

  • Statement of purpose
    • Summarize your long-term professional and educational goals and how graduate studies will contribute to both.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • In sealed envelopes with at least one letter from either a teacher, advisor, or faculty member.
  • Teaching certificate
    • Include one copy of valid teaching certificate.
  • Cohort application
    • Include the completed and signed application form (download application form). It should be signed by the administrator with whom you will complete your internship. Include a short letter of support from that administrator documenting that she/he agrees to provide internship experience for you.

    Step 3 – Send Official Transcripts

    Include one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

    Send transcripts to:

      Kelli Clark
      Graduate Programs Office
      School of Education
      Colorado State University
      450 W. Pitkin St.
      Fort Collins, CO 80523-1588

    International applicants only

    Include the following items in addition to those listed above:

  • Official transcript
    • Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).
  • Official TOEFL scores
    • Submit official TOEFL scores through the Educational Testing Service(select institution code: 4075). In general, all applicants from countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a country in which the official language is English (Canada, U.K., Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc.), must submit TOEFL scores. The minimum score for applicants is 80 on the internet-based test (550 on the paper-based test or 6.5 on the IELTS). You will be notified via email regarding the status of your application.

    Application Deadline

      May 15, 2015