Curriculum & Instruction Program Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
You can apply online at myweb.du.edu. You may also contact the Morgridge College of Education Office of Admissions at 303-871-2509 (800-835-1607) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to request program information for our MA or PhD programs.
When is the deadline to apply?
The application deadline for the Teacher Education Program for Summer 2013 is January 4, 2013, Curriculum and Instruction Master's and PhD applications are due by February 1, 2013.
What is considered for acceptance into your program?
The C&I program looks at the applicant as a whole and their experiences when reviewing applications. An application checklist and directions can be found at:http://www.du.edu/education/calls/admission.html
I have a graduate degree already. Do I have to take the GRE exam?
Traditional Master's and PhD applicants are required to submit official GRE general exam scores. The Morgridge College of Education will accept official GRE scores up to five (5) years old sent directly from ETS. To schedule a test, call 1-800-GRE-CALL, or visit www.ets.org/gre.
**Teacher Education Program does not require the GRE**
The DU Graduate Studies Admissions Office will notify applicants when their application is received and/or if there is any missing information. You can expect to hear a decision on your application after approximately four to eight weeks after your complete application has been received.
How long does it take to complete the MA or PhD?
The MA program can be completed in less than two years if attending full time. Part-time students usually finish in three to four years. The maximum allowed time for completion of a master's degree is five years. The PhD program must be completed within seven years, including the dissertation. Time to completion varies for each student depending on courseload each quarter and research.
Can I transfer coursework from another school into my degree program in C&I?
Yes. Students can transfer previously taken courses into their degree program during the first quarter of enrollment only. If you are interested in transferring credits, you must discuss this option with your faculty advisor and receive approval for the applicable courses in question. All decisions are made on an individual basis. Please note that a maximum of 10 quarter credits (approx. 6 semester hours) can be transferred in for a master's degree and a maximum of 15 quarter credits (10 semester hours) can be transferred in for a doctoral degree.
Can I talk to a student or faculty member from the program?
Yes. We encourage prospective students to meet with current students and faculty. We would like you to have a clear understanding of our program and to ensure that C&I is a match for you in terms of your academic interests and professional goals. To schedule a visit, please contact the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services (OAES) at the Morgridge College of Education 303-871-2509 or 1-800-853-1607.
What is the cost of tuition?
Current tuition rates can be found at www.du.edu/bursar.
What financial assistance is available for degree students in Curriculum and Instruction?
There are a variety of types of financial aid for graduate students. Scholarships, graduate assistantships and work-study positions are awarded on the basis of demonstrated need and merit. Available scholarships, assistantships and work-study positions are posted on the College of Education website under the 'Current Students' tab.The majority of funding is awarded to students who are carrying a full course load, which is 8 or more credit hours per quarter. You are also eligible for Federal Direct or Stafford loans if you are least half-time which means that you are registered for at least 4 credits. The first step in the process of applying for financial aid is filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For questions about financial aid, including Perkins loans and Stafford loans, please contact the DU Financial Aid Office at 303-871-4020 or www.du.edu/finaid.
Please Note: If you are interested in applying for financial aid, the priority deadline in Curriculum and Instruction is February 15th.
When does the program start?
The Teacher Education Program begins during summer quarter in the second week of August.
For the Traditional Master's and PhD programs fall quarter typically begins the first or second week of September. Winter quarter typically starts the first week in January. See the Registrar's website at www.du.edu/registrar for specific dates.
What subject areas can I specialize in for my degree in Curriculum and Instruction?
- education in urban environments
- international education
- multicultural education
- aesthetic education
- gifted education
- teacher education
For other areas of interest, please contact Curriculum and Instruction to set up a meeting a faculty member. You can discuss your interests in depth to see if they match the knowledge of our faculty and resources in our program.
Can I attend classes on a part-time basis?
Teacher Education Programs must be completed as a full-time student.
Traditional Master's and PhD: Yes, you can attend classes on a part-time basis. Many of our classes are held in the evenings during the week to meet the needs of our full-time working professionals.
What is the student to faculty ratio?
The student to faculty ratio is approximately 13:1. Classes are generally small to better facilitate in depth discussions and cater to individual needs.